Hi, everyone, Rebecca (ReboScraps) here with a little project inspired by an after-Christmas shoppingtrip. I was shopping and saw these adorable little ornaments (on clearance of course!) and thought, “I can make one of those!”
Here’s what you need for this project:The concept was really simple, and I thought it would translate well for different times of the year or could be used for party or home decor. Basically, the recipe is simple: cover a styrofoam ornament ball with paper roses. Today, I’m going to give you some tips on how I made mine, and I have a printable for you that will help if you want to make your own paper roses.
- Styrofoam ball
- Spiral template
- Hot glue gun & hot glue
- Pearl beads
- Pretty paper! I picked mine from Fabrications Classic Scrapbook Kit by Quirky Twerp:
To make the roses, you take about a 4-inch circle and cut it into a spiral shape. This the shape you need to cut:
I wanted smaller roses, so I actually made 2 small roses from each spiral. The image below is sized to print 8.5×11 inches and will help you fit 6 rose spirals on one sheet of paper. Simply print your paper pattern on one side of the cardstock, and then print the spiral on the back.
Once you’ve cut your spirals, roll them up starting out the outside end. The center of the spiral forms the flower base once it’s rolled up, and you can use a bit of glue to hold the spiral together. Then, simply glue the finished flowers on to the ball.
I added pearl beads to some roses, just for a little extra.
- Keep in mind that your finished project will be about 1.5 inches bigger than your styrofoam ball. I picked a 3 inch ball and ended up with an ornament about 4.5 inches across. I had originally planned on something more like 3-3.5 inches, finished.
- Larger styrofoam balls will need lots more roses to cover! I ended up making over 60 roses for this one ornament.
- Don’t forget to glue on your ribbon! I also recommend that once you have the ribbon on, you glue on roses gradually from top to bottom. That way, when you get down to the last few roses, if they don’t piece together perfectly, they are hidden on the bottom.
- Another way to display this would be to make it into a topiary. In that case, you’ll want to glue a dowel on the the ball instead of a ribbon. (My styrofoam ball had a hole in it that would work for this purpose.)
Most of all, have fun! If you have any questions, post a comment and I will do my best to respond as soon as possible.
Credit for the spiral shape to Wikipedia Commons user Amit6, who created the “Archimedean spiral” shape I adapted for the printable download.