Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Paper Rose Christmas Trees

It's beginning to look a lot like...

And I am so excited!
Because I love Christmas!
And I love love love these paper rose trees I made...
that I'm going to share with you!

See them there...on the left?
And below?

Tons of paper roses all happy together.
Wanna make one, too?  Or two, too?
Or tutus.
But that would be a different post.

If you've never made a paper rose before...
never fear...I am here to help!

Cut a circle out of paper.
Very complicated, I know.

I used an image I found online somewhere...
and for the life of me I can't figure out where I got it.
Possibly the Graphics Fairy, but I can't find it anymore.
It's old sheet music...I printed it double sided on a draft setting so it was light.

Once you have your circle,
begin cutting a spiral to the center...
not too thick or too thin...
and make sure you leave a small "base" in the center.

Now, ignore my dry cuticles and start rolling the paper
rather tightly from the outside edge all the way to the center.
It will seem tight at first, but will end up looser at the end.

See? Once you let it go, it unravels slightly.

Now is when the center base is important...
using a good tacky glue...add a good blob to your base and
press the scrolls into the glue and let them dry.

I painstakingly glued them to some paper mache cone
trees that I painted with a creamy base color.
These trees are from Hobby Lobby and have a base that is
smaller than the tree and I like that it makes it sit above the surface.

You can adjust the size of your roses by making your
original paper circles smaller or larger.
I used about 3 different sizes on my trees.

From one sheet of regular paper, fold it to get either 4 or 6 circles...
if you do 4 even squares for your 4 circles, that leaves a
section that allows you a couple smaller circles...
that work great at the top of your tree.

I knew all along that I wanted to display them on
the little painted dresser in the living room.
I had fun looking for some pretty things to get the look I wanted.

I found the gorgeous velvet ribbon at TJMaxx and had
intended to use it on my little trees in the loft, but it just
seemed to work so well to tie together the little birdie and
the red mercury glass candlestick.

I think I'm going to leave it just like that!

Or I was...
until I threw in a few clippings from the fresh
cedar I got for the fireplace mantel.
Which I've decided to share separately,
so I didn't make this post extremely long.


This process was rather time consuming.
By rather, I mean very.
I cut, rolled, and glued roses in my spare time and while watching TV.
Then I glued the roses to the trees also while watching TV.

It takes longer than you'd think because you have to wait
for one row to dry before adding the next so they
don't shift when you get them close to each other.

I don't know exactly how long it took...but a good chunk of time.
As for me, I think it was totally worth it.
I love the way they look, they are perfect with my traditional
colors for red and white plus green,
and I really only had to purchase the tree bases.

So, what do you think?
Would you love to sit for hours and play with paper and glue?

December is always crazy busy for us...
but I will make sure you get to see my whole mantel...
and I've got a yummy treat to share if I don't run out of time!
Make sure you come back and see me soon!

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  1. Kelly, they are so beautiful. You must have a lot of patience! How long did it take you to make them? Maybe I'll start now and have them ready for next year!

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous!! They look amazing! Thankyou so much for sharing!

  3. These trees are beautiful. Definitely a labor of love, right?I can tell your mantel is gorgeous too by that little teaser picture. ;-) I'd love for you to share this at my Creative Ways Link Party that just went live tonight. Hope to see you there!

  4. Very pretty! Thank you for taking the time to (1) make the paper roses; (2) make the beautiful trees; (3) photograph everything; and (4) sharing them on your blog. Love all of it. I'm a new follower so I don't miss any of your treasured posts.

  5. That is utterly adorable!! Pinning that idea for sure :)

  6. Hi Kelly! I saw your link over at Bloom Designs' Lovely Little Link party and I just had to come over and see your paper rose trees! They are just beautiful and I am in love with the whole little vignette you created with them =)


  7. Yowza! That's a lot of paper rolling, but worth it for sure! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded! Pinned!

  8. Beautiful! What an incredible job you did on these--and LOVE your entire display. Well done!

  9. Oh my goodness, these are just lovely! I can imagine they did take quite some time but totally worth it. I guess you will be packing them away super carefully after all that work so you can enjoy them for years and years!

  10. Wow. Definitely a lot of work, but they are so pretty. I don't think I could do that for hours, but I'd like to try to make several for decoration on gifts.

  11. Wow your Christmas trees are beautiful!

  12. I was wondering how much time it took to make those, sounds like you have quite a bit of patience, but you're right, it was totally worth it. Thanks so much for sharing at the Make it Monday Party! Hope to see you again next week.

  13. Just absolutely beautiful paper rose tree, and great tutorial. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  14. Your trees are so beautiful! YOu did a really nice job! I know how much work this is as I made a wreath one time. I couldn't believe all of the little roses I had to make for it! But it turned out pretty! These are so pretty that you could really use them out all year round!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  15. Kudos to you for having the patience to make not one but two trees and do a great job!🎄

  16. They are so wonderful and to think you made them makes them prettier .
    I am sure it was very time consuming but like you said it was worth it .

  17. Great tutorial! I have seen this on wreaths, but this is so elegant!

  18. Hi Kelly - love your paper roses! just stopped by to let you know you've been featured today over at Carole's Chatter. Cheers

  19. Absolutely love this. Featuring when my link party opens up tonight.

  20. These are so pretty, Kelly! Thank you for linking up at Your Turn To Shine. I've really enjoyed discovering your blog! -Amy

  21. Love your entire display here and on your mantel. I'm featuring this on my blog in a whole group of Christmas ideas tomorrow at our Your Turn to Shine link party. Thanks so much for sharing it with us this week!

  22. Terrific job and so impressive. Well done and gold star for you for doing ALL of those roses! I wouldn't have had the patience or inclination I'm afraid but love that you did it. :)

  23. Lovely trees. Can't wait to get started. As for the lovely snowflake/medallion inside the frame, did you make that too? Did I miss the tutorial? Lovely vignette.

  24. I missed this post originally but glad to have caught it on your Year in Review. I have loads of music. . . which I no longer play. I would love to turn it into something wonderful. Thank you for the inspiration.

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