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Creating A Glass Painted Holly Border

Updated on January 30, 2012
Holly boarder on dining room chandelier.
Holly boarder on dining room chandelier.

Introduction

Translucent holly boarders can be used in a variety of ways. Above you see it used to embellish a dining room chandelier. The colors bring warmth and life to the home. I have also used these boarders on windows and doors. They give pleasure both to those leaving the house during the day when the sun is shining and dress up the house from the outside, at night, when home and hearth lights are glowing from the home's interior. The following will give you step by step instruction in creating your boarder and you may copy the pattern below also as it is my own creation.

Feel free to copy and paste this border to use as a pattern.  It is my own creation and you may print it for free.  Enlarge to fit your project.
Feel free to copy and paste this border to use as a pattern. It is my own creation and you may print it for free. Enlarge to fit your project.

Holly Border Pattern

Using the holly border pattern, print in scaled size to your project. Place under a lead sheet (plastic translucent sheet). Using the black leading, be sure that you anchor the leading at the tip and bottom of each line. The prickly edges are harder to accomplish but just do your best. As long as they have some "wave" to them, they'll give the prickly edge effect.

The berries may also be hard to accomplish but simply try your best to make them round, anchoring the leading gently and lightly as you make your circle - by this I mean that you hold the tip of the leading very close to the page so it anchors as you go around. Even oddly made berries look good once the red paint is added.


Creating Unique Leaves and Berries

Allow the leading to dry overnight or at least 8 hours. Now you are ready for the fun part! Creating a variegated leaf adds style and class to your project. I've found it best to stagger variegated leaves rather than making them all variegated. To create a variegated leaf of holly, apply a light cream green such as sage only to the inside leading of leaf. (see example) You will be laying just a line on the inside of leading and only to the outside interior of the leaf.

Next, apply the ivy green to the rest of the leaves you've chosen to be variegated. Work quickly so paint doesn't begin to dry. Now use a toothpick to draw the light green into the ivy paint. (see example) Tap bottom of lead sheet to rid the leaves of air bubbles.

When painting the remaining leaves, it's a nice touch to use two different shades of green such as ivy green and kelly green. This makes the frame more interesting.

Finally, fill in the berries. In my frame I use both tangerine orange (which is a bright red/ orange) and ruby red for the berries.

Allow paint to dry at least 8 hours - I've found it best to let it dry for much longer.

Peel off and enjoy! Create many frames to create an elaborate look. These stick nicely together creating a seemingly endless frame.


Apply lighter creamy green only to leaf's edge.
Apply lighter creamy green only to leaf's edge.
Fill in rest of leaf with ivy green paint
Fill in rest of leaf with ivy green paint
Stagger leaves within your frame so that about half have variegated leaves.
Stagger leaves within your frame so that about half have variegated leaves.
Use toothpick to draw lighter green into ivy green.
Use toothpick to draw lighter green into ivy green.
Choose brilliant reds and orange reds for berries.
Choose brilliant reds and orange reds for berries.
Work on one frame at a time so that paint doesn't begin to dry before bottom is tapped to remove bubbles.
Work on one frame at a time so that paint doesn't begin to dry before bottom is tapped to remove bubbles.
Join holly frames to make large border.
Join holly frames to make large border.
Use frame on windows or lamps.  If used on lamps, monitor to be certain the heat from the lamp is not too hot for your decoration.
Use frame on windows or lamps. If used on lamps, monitor to be certain the heat from the lamp is not too hot for your decoration.
You can add a flower (see my hubs for details) to complete the frame.  You can choose to add only two tone leaves as this picture shows.
You can add a flower (see my hubs for details) to complete the frame. You can choose to add only two tone leaves as this picture shows.

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      Brittany Kennedy 5 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      The stained glass is so beautiful! I may try it on a vase. Great work! Voted up, etc.

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