With all of the turkey leftovers eaten, my thoughts have turned to all things Christmas, and my first project is always my mantel. Today’s project is one I’ve had in mind for my Christmas mantel since the spring when I first stumbled upon these lovely rosette kissing balls at House of Smiths. I knew flowers similar to those would be perfect for Christmas trees, so I banked the idea away for future reference.
My flowers are very similar to the ones Shelley used, but my technique for creating them is slightly different so the end result would be a bit flatter to better preserve the cone shape of the tree.
Ready to see what I did to put these together? Let’s get started!
For this project, you will need…
2 rolls red crepe paper streamers
1 18-inch styrofoam cone
Cut your streamers into lengths approximately 30 inches long. Fold each piece in half lengthwise, and then fold again lengthwise, as shown.
Starting at one end of your folded piece, roll tightly a few times and secure with a small dab of hot glue. Now, take the remaining streamer tail and fold it back (away from the rolled center) at a 45-degree angle. Roll the tail around the center of the flower a quarter turn, and then fold it back again at another 45-degree angle. Secure with a dab of hot glue.
Continue twisting around the center and folding back at 45-degree angles, securing with hot glue as you work, until you reach the end of your streamer piece. Secure the end of the piece at the back of your rosette with a dab of hot glue, as shown.
Now, repeat this step to make a bazillion (okay, so maybe it’s not that many) flowers. Secure your completed flowers to your foam cone in rows, starting at the bottom and working your way up. Continue until your entire cone is covered. Finish your tree with a nice, pretty bow.
Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you'll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
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