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DIY 3D Paper Holly Gift Topper

Deck the halls — er, gifts with boughs of holly!

This DIY paper gift topper takes advantage the natural curl of rolled gift wrap to create 3D holly leaves. Add a handful of 3D berries and you get an impressive decoration for that extra-special gift.

The instructions below are for the embellishment as shown, but experiment with the arrangement and size of the berries and leaves: A large arrangement as shown here works great on a shirt-box–sized gift, while a miniature cluster of three berries and two leaves would look nice on a small jewellery box. Or try a garland of many leaves and berry clusters cascading across an oversized gift.

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TIME NEEDED: Approximately 30 to 45 minutes

1200x1200_DIYPaperHollyGiftTopper_Step1SCOTCH® BRAND SUPPLIES:

Scotch Scrapbooker’s Glue

Scotch™ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors

Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape

Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive


  • Pink paper
  • Green metallic foil paper (on a roll)
  • White glitter gift wrap
  • Teal satin ribbon
  • 1 1/4” circle punch
  • Pencil

1200x1200_DIYPaperHollyGiftTopper_Step3Make the holly berries. Using a circle punch, cut 21 circles from the pink paper. (This is the amount you will need to create the holly shown in this project. Make more or less depending on how many berries you need for your design; it takes three circles to make each berry.)


Fold each circle in half. Apply Scotch Scrapbooker’s Glue to the back of half of a circle, then align with the back half of a second circle and stick together. Do the same with a third circle to complete one berry, then repeat these steps again until you have seven berries.

Make the holly leaves. Cut 12 squares of green paper, approximately five inches square. (Just like with the berries, this is for the design shown here; you may want more or fewer leaves for your gift).

Fold. Fold each paper square in half so the right-side is facing in and the curl of the paper runs lengthwise. Draw half a holly leaf onto the back of each — the shape is basically a wave with two arched peaks. (If you find drawing freehand difficult, draw on a scrap piece of cardboard until you are happy with the shape, then cut out and use as a template.) Cut out each leaf using Scotch™ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors.

Wrap your box. Using your Scotch™ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors and Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape, wrap your gift in the white glitter paper. Wrap the ribbon around the middle of the gift (cutting off any excess length) and glue the ends in place at the centre of the front with Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive. (Don’t worry about being too tidy — the holly will hide the ribbon ends.)

1200x1200_DIYPaperHollyGiftTopper_Step4Attach the holly to your gift. Apply Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive  to the back of a tip of a leaf and attach to the centre of the gift. Repeat with the remaining leaves, working around to create a circle of overlapping leaves until they’re all attached. Next, apply Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive  to the backs of the berries and attach in a cluster over the centre of the leaf arrangement. You’re done! Happy holidays!FB_1200x1200_DIYPaperHollyGiftTopperEXPERT TIP: Play with colour! Here I went with a retro-inspired shimmery palette of pink, green, peacock and glittery white, but I was torn when I was choosing: Can’t you just imagine it in a traditional combo of velvety red berries and deep green leaves with glossy white paper and red ribbon? Or for an eye-popping take on the classic holly motif, how about lime green leaves and persimmon berries, with tangerine paper and magenta ribbon?

Looking for some more project details? Feel free to follow our good friend Allison Cooper of Love Nest Design  she has more tips to help you out.

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