December’s here, and it’s time to deck the halls and trim the tree as you create your very own festive Wonderland! This Christmas we want to see what – or who – goes on top of your tree! Do you go for a classic star or angel, or something more quirky? Share a snap of your tree topper on social media using #CKWONDERLAND – our favourite will WIN a £100 shopping spree!*
This Christmas we’re making our own extra special tree toppers with help from the creative geniuses that are Laura and Tia of Little Button Diaries. They’ve dreamed up two sweet, simple projects to brighten up your tree – a handsome Guard and a blooming beautiful velvet rose inspired by our Ardingly Rose print. Find the Guard make here, and read on for how to craft your own rose tree topper. You’ll find plenty more festive inspiration elsewhere on the blog too – take a look here!
Rose tree topper
You will need
1/3m red cotton velvet
1/4m green cotton velvet
1/4m thin iron-on interfacing
Coordinating thread and needle
A4 sheet of green felt
A4 sheet of card
3 or 4 little bells
Double sided tape
Cut a length of velvet measuring 100cm x 12cm. Fold in half (lengthwise, raw edges together) and sew along the edge to secure (below).
Fold the end of the velvet in to create a small triangle shape (below left). Start to roll the velvet up, keeping the base fairly tight (below right).
To create the slightly curled rose edges you’ll need to fold the top of the velvet slightly as you go. First fold it down, then roll the velvet up a little, then fold it up. Continue going down and up as you roll until you use up all the fabric (below).
Hand sew the base of the flower to secure it. You probably won’t get the needle all the way through the flower, so stitch at an angle going all the way round, until all the layers feel secure (below).
Finish by folding the loose ends on the base under and sewing them in (below). It’s easy to make different-sized roses – simply change the length and width of the velvet strips – we made two larger flowers and two smaller, measuring 50cm x 6cm, for our rose tree topper.
For the leaves, add iron on interfacing to the reverse of the green velvet and cut leaf shapes – these should be about 2cm long and you’ll need around 12-14. We made a little paper template to help. Remove the paper backing from the interfacing.
To make the flower base, draw a circle onto card measuring about 17cm diameter. Cut about a third of the circle off and discard the rest. Draw around it onto green felt, cut this out and cover the card in the felt (below). Wrap up and use doubled sided tape to secure into a cone shape.
Arrange the flowers onto the cone and glue in place. Dot the leaves around to cover the felt cone, glue in place, then add some bells for an extra festive touch. Your Christmas tree will be coming up roses!
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