A Christmas Bouquet Tutorial

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2013 Blog Event)

Good morning! Welcome to another day of Festivities! We’re starting the day with a Christmas Bouquet:

A Christmas Bouquet by Jennifer Grace

I’ve decided this year we need to have a lot more Christmas decorations in our house. We usually only decorate the lounge, but now I want Christmas to be everywhere! I can’t afford to buy too much so I’m coming up with ways of making a lot – I love this Christmas bouquet which I can move about the house as I see fit!

Here’s how I put it together…

Step 1: I found a vase to use. I didn’t have any florists wire, which would have been my first choice for the flower stems. But I did have lots of wooden kebab sticks, so I cut them down to various sizes to fit the vase:


Step 2: I painted the sticks in three different colours – red, white, and mint blue (I didn’t use all of these in the end):


Then I got to town making flowers and adding other decorations to the tops of the sticks…

Ribbon Rosette Tutorial:

1. Cut 6 strips of ribbon, to whatever length you choose – these ones were 4″ long but I made a couple of bigger rosettes too. 2. Fold the ends of each strip into the middle and hot glue into place. 3. Hot glue two of these into a cross shape. 4. Glue two more into place behind the cross, keeping them close to the vertical line of the cross. 5. Fill up the gaps with the last two strips. 6. Hot glue the tip of a stick onto the back – hold it in place while it dries, then apply another blob of hot glue on top to make it stronger:

Ribbon Rosette Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

7. Add an embellishment to the middle of the rosette:


Paper Rose Tutorial:

1. Cut out three flowers of descending size. I used this template (printed at A4 size), my largest flower was approx 3¼” wide. Also cut two spare petals. 2. Cut a slit in each flower, between two petals, and in towards the flower centre. 3. Add a blob of hot glue to one of the petals by the cut. 4. squeeze the flower together so the petals overlap and stick one on top of the glue blob. 5. Quickly, before the hot glue dries, curl the glued petal around a cylindrical object like a pen or paper piercer handle. Repeat with the other petals on that flower, but you don’t need to rush those!  (Scroll down for more instructions.)

Paper Rose Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

6. Cut, glue, and curl the other two flowers using the same method. Pierce a hole in the base of each flower – I used a small screwdriver to make the hole large enough for the stick to fit through. Pinch and curl the two spare petals. 7. Hot glue the two spare petals at the top of a stick, then push the smallest flower on and hot glue that into place too. 8. Put hot glue underneath the flowers so they won’t slide down. 9. Keep going until all three flowers are on the stick, so you’ve formed the rose. 10. If you like, you can accentuate the petals with ink, chalk, paint etc. I used clear embossing ink rubbed on the petals, then heat embossed with gold glitter embossing powder.

I made a few ribbon rosettes and paper roses. I also made a couple of origami flowers following This Tutorial.

Then add some more bits and pieces to the top of your sticks. For these chipboard snowflakes and shop-bought gift bows I again added a blog of glue, held the stick in place while it was drying, and then added another blob of glue on top to strengthen it:


I took the top off a cheap glittery bauble:


And the stick fitted nicely into the hole:


I also added a wooden snowman to one stick, and a cheap tacky santa to another stick (he used to be a pen lid I think!).

When all my sticks were ready, I filled the base of my vase with some clear glass pebbles (to steady the sticks) and some gold curling ribbon (to make it more colourful):


Then I just played flower arranging until it all looked pretty:

A Christmas Bouquet by Jennifer Grace

I can’t wait to show this off during the festive season!

Be Inspired:

Make some ribbon rosettes or paper flowers

Find a cheap and/or tacky decoration and give it new life on a project

Think of something you’d like around the house this Christmas and go and make it

Jennifer x

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  • ooh so not festive pick up sticks then lol! A very clever Christmas Bouquet and beautifully made.

    November 10, 2013 at 11:28 am
  • Bethany Hardy

    What a great idea! So many fun details

    November 10, 2013 at 11:53 am
  • Jackie Edwards

    Really cute idea!!!!!!!!!! Love your ribbon flowers!!

    November 10, 2013 at 12:08 pm
  • Brenda W

    This is much more fun than a ready-made shop bought one!

    November 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm
  • Dawn

    I am intrigued by your flower tutorial. I need to dig my punches out and try this! Thanks!

    November 10, 2013 at 1:07 pm
  • Annie

    this is just fabulous! The pieces would all look wonderful on a wreath too, or as gift decorations, love them! 🙂

    November 10, 2013 at 1:27 pm
  • It’s as good as a store bought one. I love the rosette one.

    I Create Purty Thangs

    November 10, 2013 at 1:38 pm
  • Sue L

    I was going to cut down on the decorations this year (due to ill health) but really love this decoration idea.
    Off to check out supplies.

    November 10, 2013 at 1:40 pm
  • Wow that is so pretty and looks like a fun to make too, very inspiring

    November 10, 2013 at 3:55 pm
  • lilgik

    Wow, love the variety of techniques you’ve shared, lots of great ideas!

    November 10, 2013 at 4:08 pm
  • Becky

    I wish I had more free time! I would love to have a go at making this, it would look great on my Christmas table!

    November 10, 2013 at 4:28 pm
  • Jean Bullock

    How festive and fun. Thanks for the tutorial!

    November 10, 2013 at 4:31 pm
  • Marilyn Tucker

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

    November 10, 2013 at 4:35 pm
  • OOOO I love this!!! I could do this!! As we are a kebab stick lovin’ family. Well at least me and my gbabe =)
    We using them for just about everything but kebabs. haha He’s gonna love this idea.

    November 10, 2013 at 4:51 pm
  • Miriam Prantner

    This is so cute and fun! I could see mixing it up and letting my girls make some of the easier pieces and me doing the harder ones.

    November 10, 2013 at 7:10 pm
  • What an inventive use for kebab sticks!! It looks so pretty and festive.

    November 10, 2013 at 8:02 pm
  • Janis in ID

    Thanks for the tutorial on your ribbon flowers. This would work for cards, too. 🙂 I am amazed at how well all your “cheap” decorations come together for this festive bouquet! Wonderful project.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

    November 10, 2013 at 10:41 pm
  • This is really fun and such a great idea. Thank you for the tutorials on the bow and flowers. I love all the different things you added.

    November 11, 2013 at 1:27 am
  • Oh. My.
    So special! Love that it’s crafty & artsy & tacky & glittery!

    November 11, 2013 at 1:40 am
  • LOVE this!!!!

    November 11, 2013 at 3:46 am
  • Amanda

    Ohhh, I LOVE this! I can’t wait to put one together.

    November 11, 2013 at 4:18 am
  • jengd

    Cute arrangement- great array of goodies in it!

    November 11, 2013 at 4:45 am
  • Oh so creative – this is gorgeous 🙂

    November 11, 2013 at 3:30 pm
  • Margie

    So fun and unique! Love this for a mantle!

    November 11, 2013 at 3:37 pm
  • Lisa H

    I have to have a go at these – the roses really speak to me. what a wonderful idea – such a lot of amazing inspiration to be had here Jennifer – congratulations!

    November 11, 2013 at 7:01 pm
  • That looks fab! I love the eclectic look of all the different pieces.

    November 11, 2013 at 7:51 pm
  • Another great creative idea…….love it x

    November 11, 2013 at 8:55 pm
  • This looks wonderful! I love all your different ideas there.Never made a paper rose, but might have to try now.

    November 11, 2013 at 9:06 pm
  • Cassandra duchaine

    Great idea! I,especially love the paper roses

    November 13, 2013 at 2:41 am
  • Frances

    I missed this one for some reason. What a great, great idea!

    November 16, 2013 at 4:10 pm

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