About a week ago, Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog announced that springtime would be coming early this year when he didn’t see his shadow. As much as I would love one big snowstorm this winter, I’m also alright with spring coming early. The longer days and warmer temperatures are definitely appealing to me, and I’m betting a lot of you feel the same way too.
One thing that I don’t look forward to is allergies. Once those flowers start bloomin’, you can bet I start sneezin’. As pretty as the springtime flowers are, I can hardly appreciate them since they make my eyes red, my nose running, and my head tired from all the sneezing.
That’s why I’m thrilled that today’s craft is ahead of springtime and it uses faux flowers–yay for no allergies!
This adorable rose ball tree DIY is easily less than $10 to make, and it winds up looking like a million bucks. Let’s get to it!
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4 Inch Styrofoam Ball
About 20 faux roses (I recommend using 2 different but similar shades)
Paper Towel Roll
Green Scrapbook Paper/Cardstock
5-6 Inch Metal Bucket
Matte White Spray Paint
1. Start by pulling off all the flower heads and leaves from their stalks. You’ll need about 20 roses to fill up the 4 inch syrofoam ball. Be sure to keep the plastic ends on the flowers and leaves so they don’t fall apart.
2. Stick the roses into the styrofoam ball one at a time. The plastic bottoms of the roses should stick well into the styrofoam, but if they don’t, simply stick a sewing pin through the center of the rose into the styrofoam. The same applies to the leaves; for every 3 flowers you put in, add a set of leaves into the mix. Everything should overlap for a very full, lush look.
3. When you’re filling in the space, be sure to leave an empty spot on the styrofoam (about 2 inches total) for the “tree” (aka the paper towel roll).
4. Wrap your paper towel roll with green scrapbook paper/cardstock that roughly matches the color of the roses’ leaves. My scrapbook paper had texture to it as well, and that worked perfectly since the roses are also very textured.
5. Glue the top of your paper towel roll to the open spot on the styrofoam ball using your hot glue gun.
7. Place the bottom of your paper towel role inside the center of the bucket and set it with glue. If you want a taller tree, stash some cardboard or something of the like underneath the paper towel roll to give it that extra height.
8. Add the reindeer moss to fill the bucket near the top. If you don’t have enough reindeer moss, just crumble up some paper, throw that in the bottom of the pot around the paper towel roll tree, and then layer the top with the moss.
With that, your tree is complete! This gorgeous piece is not only great for a Valentine’s Day DIY, but my mom also pointed out that the rose ball tree would be a perfect centerpiece for wedding reception tables (or just table centerpieces in general). You could make it with just about any flower–even Dollar Tree flowers! These flowers only cost me $4 total, and yet I think they’re more gorgeous than some of the others you can get at big name craft stores.
Like I mentioned earlier though, there’s a special way you can add flair to your bucket: by giving it a faux marble look. Keep reading for that tutorial. 🙂
Faux Marble Bucket Instructions
1. Start with spray painting your bucket white. Be sure to let it set for several hours before you move on to the next step; even if the spray paint is dry, it really needs to be set in order for this next step to work.
2. Pick out a disposable plastic container that you don’t care about. There’s a chance that it’ll be ruined by the end of this. If you do care about your plastic container, try lining it with plastic wrap on the interior.
3. Fill your plastic container about halfway full with lukewarm water. It should be warm to the touch, but not scalding hot.
4. Gently pour a little nail polish over the surface of the water. Pour close to the surface so the nail polish doesn’t sink to the water. Pour in as many colors as you like, and then use a toothpick to gently swirl over the top of the water so it creates a thin film.
5. Lightly tip the side of your bucket into the water. Rotate slightly to the side so that all the film is attached to the bucket in one place or another. If you pull it out and think that it’s too goopy on your bucket, that means that you probably used too much nail polish and/or didn’t spread it out enough across the surface.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you have your whole bucket covered.
7. Allow the bucket to dry. Then, you can seal it with modge podge (this is only really necessary if your pot will be exposed to the elements. If it’s going to stay indoors, you don’t need to worry about it).
When I was prepping for the rose ball tree, I actually experimented with doing the faux marble on a terracotta pot. I was so happy with how it turned out! This basic concept of creating the faux marble look is so easy and can work on a ton of mediums, so I look forward to trying this again in the future. And I’ll probably have to do more with Dollar Tree flowers, because those can be GORGEOUS!
I hope you have a great Valentine’s Day this week and that you’ve enjoyed the Valentine’s DIYs I’ve published in the past month. To see those, go ahead and follow this link.