How To Make A Miniature Rose Christmas Tree

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.

miniature roses and styrofoam cone tree supplies for miniature rose Christmas tree

Not only are the roses miniature, but the styrofoam tree cone is too… at just under 6″ tall.


cut stems off miniature roses for miniature rose Christmas tree

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.


attaching miniature roses to styrofoam cone for miniatrue rose Christmas tree

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.


gluing miniature roses to styrofoam cone for miniature rose Christmas tree

Then I applied some hot glue around the hole, and I pushed the bit of stem into the hole when I positioned the roses.


glued first row of miniature roses to styrofoam tree cone for miniature rose Christmas tree

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.


applying miniature roses on styrofoam cone for miniatrue rose Christmas tree


gluing more miniature roses on styrofoam tree cone for miniature rose Christmas tree

and gluing.

repurposed miniature roses glued on styrofoam tree cone for miniature roses Christmas tree

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.


Ombre effect diy miniature rose Christmas tree

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.


vintage floral bracelet piece used a tree topper for miniature rose Christmas tree

I thought it needed something on the top so I found this vintage bracelet piece in my stash.


repurposed pink and white miniature roses diy Christmas tree

It took over 100 roses to cover my miniature rose Christmas tree, but it was so worth it.


repurposed miniature roses Christmas tree

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.

DIY Miniature Rose Christmas Tree

I like to mix textures and colours in a display like this.

Check out how I made the other two trees below.


pink craft fluffs and styrofoan cone for diy Christmas tree

For the pink tree I used some fun craft fluffs and a 12″ styrofoam cone.


pink craft fluffs glued on to styrofoam tree cone for diy Christmas tree

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.


white make up cotton rounds for diy Christmas tree

For the white tree I used some white make up cotton rounds and a styrofoam tree just under 9″ tall.


glued bottom row of make up cotton rounds onto styrofoam tree cone for diy Christmas tree

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
Craft Fluffs
Make Up Cotton Rounds
Hot glue sticks
Glue gun
Odds and end for tree stems
Piece of jewelry for star

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Miniature rose Christmas tree, Craft Fluff Tree and Make Up Cotton Round Tree

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.

DIY Miniature Rose Christmas Tree

I love making small trees because the styroform cones can be covered by so many things. The possibilities are really endless.

For more diy tree ideas check out these posts:
Repurposed Hand Saw Tree
Tree of Presents
Tart Tin Tree
Easy Mini Teacup Trees

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks very much AnnMarie! They were so much fun to make.

  1. Wow! Those are beautiful!! Yes, definitely pinning!! Dona

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks Dona! I appreciate the pin. 🙂

  2. So pretty Tuula! I love all 3 of your trees! How clever to use ordinary cotton balls & makeup pads for the trees! They are perfect! Love the one with the little roses too.
    Your poem! I love that! I didn’t realize you were a poet too.

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks so much Florence! These trees were a lot of fun to make, and I do love to write poetry too. Every once in a while I sneak one onto the blog or in an email. lol.

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks very much Victoria!

  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE! The colors are so beautiful and using these different materials really makes these stand out decorations!

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks Lauren! I do like mixing textures rather than doing 3 that look the same. It’s just more interesting to me.

  4. Where have I been and how come I’ve never heard of craft fluffs??! Love all three but the roses tree is my fave. I have a small hoard of roses but have passed on the larger ones as I use the tinies for dollhouse and doll projects. Will NOW keep my eyes open! They will all be lovely with Christmas villages, too, especially the Putz houses. The grouping of three is very effective with the different heights, too.

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks Kathy! I love the mini roses and really have to start using up my stash. What am I saving them for? You’re so right about their many uses. and I love that you use the small ones in doll houses. That would be so pretty!

  5. Tuula, these are all so fun! The tree topper is perfect and I love all of the different textures!

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks so much Cecelia!

  6. I love this idea! The ombre design also makes this floral tree a real stand out in my mind. Such a cute and clever idea!

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks so much Jelica!

  7. I love the rose one. It looks so pretty and feminine. I think I would want to display it all year round. Perhaps make a plastic dome cover from an old lemonade bottle to keep the dust off.

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks Cherie! Making a cloche to go over the rose tree is a wonderful idea.