I promise not to stray too far away from my blog's usual focus on gardening, but it's the holidays, and it's fun to do little celebratory projects.
These little rose ornaments are easy to do and they'd make great last minute gifts.
Here's what you need to make your own flower ornaments:
Materials and supplies you need to do this project:
• clear glass Christmas balls
• paper roses
• sprigs of seeded eucalyptus
• wire cutters
• ribbon, decorative string or metal ornament hanger
Just a few words about the materials in this project: Glass ornaments can be found in a variety of shapes at craft stores. I bought round balls and glass hearts.
Paper roses can be found at craft stores, but I have also found them at the Dollar Store for a much cheaper price. It pays to shop around!
Step 1: We are going to begin this project by making rose buds and individual petals.
Moving around the circumference of a paper rose, gently push back on the outer row of petals until the rose and the row of petals become separated. Snip off the wire stem and set aside the rose bud. Altogether you will need 6 or more rose buds.
Don't discard the outer row of rose petals and leaves!
Separate the leaves and rose petals by gently pulling them apart. Cut the two sections into individual rose petals and leaves.
Step 2: Remove the top of your glass ornament.
Take your wire cutters and snip away the stems of 3 or 4 roses as cleanly and neatly as you can.
Fill the ornament with roses and the petals you made in step 1. (Tip: I glued a couple of roses back to back so they'd way always be facing out from inside the ornament.)
Place the top back on the ornament. Now you are ready to decorate the exterior.
Step 3: Put a dab of hot glue on the back of a rose and attach it to the top front of your ornament. Flip the ornament over and attach another flower on the top back.
Step 4: Centre two more roses in between the first two flowers.
Step 5: Tuck two of the rose buds you made earlier in between the roses at the top of the ornament to fill in the gaps.
Place one last rose bud just below the centre rose to create a bit of a cascade down the front of the ornament. Repeat on the back, adding a bud just below the centre rose.
Finish with a couple of green leaves at the sides of each bud.
The final step is the most finicky and involves working with small pieces of Seeded Eucalyptus.
Seeded Eucalyptus is fairly easy to find. I found this bunch at the grocery store, but it is also commonly available at most florists.
I fastened the stems of my Eucalyptus together with an elastic band and hung them to dry, as I plan to use the Eucalyptus for other projects. For this ornament project however, we are going to use just the seeds and not the foliage. The seeds of the Eucalyptus are so dry I think you should be able to use them right away, without taking the time to dry bunches of Eucalyptus first.
Step 6: Cut a large branch of seeds into small sections that are about 1/4" long (on the lower right hand side of my step 6 picture there is an example of these small stems).
Touch the seed's stem to the end of your glue gun to pick up the tiniest amount of hot glue.
Tuck the seeds in among the paper roses.
Use some ribbon to create a hanger, or even easier, attach an ornament hook.
These ornaments would make a great stocking stuffer, hostess gift or present for your child's teacher.
Put your ornament in a pretty box and use more flowers instead of a bow.
(I hot glued my flowers onto my gift box.)
I am sure any recipient would be thrilled with this heartfelt gift.