I have a large collection of miniature crafting roses, or millinery flowers as some might call them, and I thought a miniature rose Christmas tree would be a fun project to try.
Not only are the roses miniature, but the styrofoam tree cone is too… at just under 6″ tall.
The first step is to cut the roses off just about 1/4″ down their stems. Here’s a few backs so you can see what I mean.
If you cut too close to the fabric the rose will unravel.
I’m using ribbon millinery flowers, but any type of mini roses would work. If you use roses without stems that would be quicker.
Because I have small pieces of stem on the bottom of my flowers I need to indent the styrofoam a bit before I glue on each flower. I did this with the tip of an envelope opener.
Then I applied some hot glue around the hole, and I pushed the bit of stem into the hole when I positioned the roses.
And I just made my way around my first row, making sure the bottom of the cone wasn’t visible.
These roses are about 1″ wide and it took 10 just to do one row.
Here I am about half done.
You just have to fit the roses together as you make your way up so the cone doesn’t show anywhere.
Because I’m using odds and ends from my mini rose stash I’m going for an ombre effect.
When finished I glued my miniature rose Christmas tree on to a rather rustic looking old metal thingy. Not even sure what it is, but I love the combo of pretty and rustic.
I thought it needed something on the top so I found this vintage bracelet piece in my stash.
It took over 100 roses to cover my miniature rose Christmas tree, but it was so worth it.
I placed it on an old silver tray with two other trees that I just made.
To add some sparkle and fun I spread a green bead garland in the tray.
Please pin it.
I like to mix textures and colours in a display like this.
Check out how I made the other two trees below.
For the pink tree I used some fun craft fluffs and a 12″ styrofoam cone.
The craft fluffs glue on very quickly and easily, and a staggered pattern adds interest.
I don’t have a pic, but when I was done I glued this tree onto an old aluminum jello mold.
For the white tree I used some white make up cotton rounds and a styrofoam tree just under 9″ tall.
I glued a glass candle holder on before starting with the rounds because I wanted the first row to hang below the bottom edge of the cone so it was hidden.
You can see in the finished tree that I just overlapped the rounds as I went up to get a scallopped look.
Styrofoam cones ( about 6″, 9″, and 12″ tall)
Miniature roses of various sizes
Make Up Cotton Rounds
Hot glue sticks
Odds and end for tree stems
Piece of jewelry for star
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The two larger trees were very quick and easy to make.
I wanted to make sure that my little rose tree was the star of the show so I decided not to add any tree toppers to the other two. This way they’re accompanying it rather than competing with it. This is especially important because they’re both larger.
Even though the rose tree is much smaller I think it still stands out because it’s the only one that has a topper.
Don’t forget to pin it.
I love making small trees because the styroform cones can be covered by so many things. The possibilities are really endless.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!