Christmas Bottle-Brush Tree With Rose Spiral

6 Materials
$20
2 Hours
Easy

I imagined a large bottle-brush tree with a spiral of faux roses for a centerpiece this year.

christmas bottle brush tree with rose spiral

I thought many other rose colors would look wonderful too, but the color red won out after much planning and pouring over poly-flower images online.

christmas bottle brush tree with rose spiral

To make a decoration like this, you'll need:

• A 16" bottle brush tree (mine was metallic with glitter and berries)

• Masking tape

• Enough faux roses to make a spiral around the tree. I used 74 (1-inch) roses

• Tools – scissors, wire cutter, and hot glue

christmas bottle brush tree with rose spiral

Here's what my roses looked like to begin with. I bought these at an on-line auction. Each rose was estimated to be 1-1/4" across.

christmas bottle brush tree with rose spiral

Snipping the stems to about 1-inch or less. I planned to push them back into the brush of the tree.

christmas bottle brush tree with rose spiral

Life is a bowl of roses! 74 to be exact.

christmas bottle brush tree with rose spiral

I trimmed some of the outer petals of each rose to make them look like buds starting to open. It's important not to overpower your bottle-brush tree.

christmas bottle brush tree with rose spiral

This part was kind of fussy … making a spiral path around the tree with masking tape. Apply it lightly so that you don't pull off to much of the surface of the tree. Adjust again and again until the spiral looks great from every direction.

christmas bottle brush tree with rose spiral

I double checked the spiral with a tape measure to make sure I would have enough roses to make the design. Yep! 74 inches and 74 roses. I was lucky! But I had a few extra roses on hand from another project just in case I ran short. Roll the tape back a few inches at a time …

christmas bottle brush tree with rose spiral

… add a few dabs of hot glue and place the roses where the tape had been, inch by inch.

christmas bottle brush tree with rose spiral

And … it's a wrap! Ready for future centerpiece duty! The mantel at the old house we are restoring was very special this year. Take a look at how we decorated around this rose spiral tree here.

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  • Harriette
    on Dec 14, 2018

    Where did you find the bottle brush tree? Saw the real ones in Austrailia. Very pretty idea.

    • Stephie McCarthy
      on Dec 14, 2018

      Thank you so much Harriette. I got this one at HobbyLobby for half price … about $7.00. It has a heavy duty double wire going up through the center. The little red/orange beads were irresistible. Normally I buy this type of thing 2nd-hand at thrift shops.

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