Thursday, November 1, 2012

[Make] Felt Rose Tree

I love Christmas.  Apparently I love Christmas Trees too.  Over the past couple of years, I've made several handmade trees. Here's my collection as of last year--

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I really love working with white wool felt. It's easy to work with, has a clean look and the details really stand out. Since I have several 12-inch trees, I decided to make some smaller ones to give a little visual diversity.  That's how this White Felt Rose Tree came about--


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Felt Rose Tree Instructions

What you need:
1/4 yard wool felt (this generously covered a 6-inch tree with more to spare)
sharp scissors
tree form (I used a 6-inch styrofoam cone, but a papier mache cone or one made from a cereal box is more economical)
hot glue gun



1. Cut a piece of felt into a 3 X 9 inch strip.  Fold into thirds (equivalent to three 3-inch squares) and cut a spiral, starting at the outer edge.
2. For a rose-petal look, cut some waves into your spiral.  If you like a uniform circular look, cut the spiral into a clean circle.
3. Cut out several spirals.
4. Begin creating the rose by starting at the center of the spiral and twirling the felt around until you reach the end.
5. The almost complete rose...
6. Put a healthy dollop of hot glue on the bottom of the rose, making sure that even the center pieces are covered in glue.  Let dry.
7. Don't let your scraps go to waste!  Cut out smaller flowers using the leftover scraps from the original "squares".  I like the mix of large and small flowers on the tree.
8. The finished roses.
9. Then the fun begins! Start at the tip of your tree.  Glue a rose at the top and work your way down and around.
10. Keep gluing until you reach the bottom....

The finished Felt Rose Tree!

More trees (and ornaments) to come!

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17 comments:

  1. Just stopping by from 'happy hour' link party...I adore this! I'm not very crafty, but I'm pretty sure even I could pull this off!

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    1. Thanks Loretta and thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Love your collection of handmade trees. They are all so pretty. This one will be a great addition to your collection. It's so pretty.
    Ruth

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  3. So many great ideas Mel...you're ahead of the game....xo hugs

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    1. I ahead on some things... and so behind on others!!! Always the case :) Have a nice weekend! Melanie

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  4. Those trees are so pretty. I bought a foam tree last year to make a button tree and never got around to it...i think i'll do this instead. thanks for the idea!
    We just got our link party up and running and would love if you came and joined in on the fun. Each week we are giving away free ad space for one week to one random party goer. Our main site gets thousands of hits per day and The Better Half gets thousands per week. Hope to see you there! http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/the-humble-brag-link-party-5/

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    1. Thanks Jocie! This also came about from a foam tree that I never got around to last year... Funny how that happens :) Have a nice weekend!

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    2. Thanks for linking up Melanie. I was just at Michaels and was going to but some felt to do this but already had too much in my basket! maybe next time....

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  5. This is so pretty and charming and I love all of the other trees you've done in the past too!

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  6. What a beautiful tree! I love it.

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  7. This is so beautiful! I will definitely have to make one for me! I host a SHOW-licious Craft Showcase if you would like to be a part of. I would love to feature your site and projects!

    http://sew-licious.blogspot.com/2012/11/saturday-show-licious-craft-showcase-6.html

    xoxo,
    Marti

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  8. Hey Mel,
    Thanks so much for linking up and linking back last week at the Humble Brag! Hope to see you back tomorrow to link up more great projects Also, you were featured, so stop by and grab a button to show it off - you earned it!
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  9. pinned from the S&S pin party, have a great day! www.callmepmc.com

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