Faux Evergreen Branch

by Michelle Nun

Add a festive touch to any project with this realistic paper greenery.


  • 12" x 12" Green cardstock
  • Paper trimmer
  • Forest green ink and applicator
  • Tapered Fringe Decorative Strip Die (Sizzix)
  • Die cutting machine
  • Scissors
  • Bark-covered wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Ball stylus
  • Foam molding mat
  • Quick-drying clear adhesive


  1. Step 1

    Using wire cutters, cut 4 lengths of bark-covered wire, 2 at 6" and 2 at 4".

    Select a 6" length of wire as the center branch. The other three wires will be the side branches.

  2. Step 2

    Place a 4" wire behind the central branch to make a cross. Hold both wires tightly and twist the side branch once counter-clockwise around the center wire. Pull tightly until secure.

    Repeat this process with the remaining wires.

  3. Trim with wire cutters to even out the branches if needed.

  4. Step 3

    Cut a 12" sheet of cardstock into six 2" strips. Cut each strip using a Sizzix Tapered Fringe die.

  5. Select a shade of ink slightly darker than the cardstock. Use an ink applicator tool and pounce color randomly on both sides of the fringe strips.

  6. Step 4

    Cut each of the fringe strips into 3 point sections. Repeat for all six fringe strips.

  7. Step 5 (Optional)

    Place sections onto cushioned mat. Use a ball stylus and roll along the base of each section to create a contoured shape.

  8. Step 6

    Place a small amount of adhesive along the base of an evergreen needle bundle. With one hand, wrap bundle tightly around the branch and hold tight. Shape and bend the evergreen needles with the other hand.

  9. Step 7

    Hold needles to the branch until dry. Repeat process for each remaining needle bundle.

    Be sure to rotate branch 1/4 turn each time so that needle bundles slightly overlap one another.

    Continue this process until needles have been added to each branch.

  10. Step 8

    Complete the branch and shape to desired fullness. Use to embellish a holiday gift or decoration.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Faux Evergreen Branch. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

This is super cute and would make lovely decorations for the season. I don't have that die, but I bet I could achieve similar results with the fringe scissors. Thanks for showing your beautiful project!
Meg McAlister  |  Tue Nov 11, 2014 at 8:31 AM
Thank you Meg for the super sweet compliment. Regarding substituting a pair of fringe scissors for the die...You sure could...though likely will yield a finer needle evergreen.
Michelle Nun  |  Tue Nov 11, 2014 at 12:13 PM
This is great Michelle, thank you! More supplies to add to the 'I Want' list, lol. Just wanted to mention that the link to your website (under your photo) isn't redirecting properly. I found it anyhow, but there are probably people who won't. Hope you can get it fixed. =)
Kim Kirby  |  Tue Nov 11, 2014 at 10:50 PM
where can the bark covered wire be purchased?
Lynne  |  Tue Nov 11, 2014 at 11:26 PM
Wow, that's cool! smile
Gabby  |  Wed Nov 12, 2014 at 3:03 AM
Kim, I fixed the link - thank you!

Lynne, if you're looking for a large quantity, try a google search - many floral supply sites carry rolls of the wire. I found an etsy seller (Artito) who sells the wire by the yard.
dina  |  Fri Nov 14, 2014 at 6:14 AM

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