This holiday season, decorate a Christmas tree with red roses preserved from your summer garden. Our stretch gardening series shows you how to dry and preserve flowers, so you can enjoy them year-round.
These pretty Christmas balls also make beautiful gifts. Flower artist and designer Ellen Bowman, author of Dry Your Own Flowers, suggests wrapping up a “six-pack” to give a special friend, teacher, or co-worker.
Rose Christmas Tree Balls
(Mini roses, baby’s breath, and tiny silver balls)
- Clear plastic fillable Christmas balls (2 halves; available from craft stores)
- Dried mini red roses
- Dried sprigs of baby’s breath
- 1 pkg green Spanish moss (available in craft stores)
- Design Master Holiday Red Spray Paint (available in craft stores)
- Tiny silver Christmas balls (available in craft stores)
- Narrow holiday ribbon (Each ball takes at least 8”)
Spray the roses lightly with Design Master Holiday Red spray paint to give them a more vibrant, festive color.
Cut an 8” length of ribbon and loop it through the top of the fillable ball. Tie it off in a neat knot. This will be the hanger for the tree.
Cut a length of green wire to the diameter of the ball (3” or 4 “) Hot glue a small piece of Spanish moss to the middle of the back side of the wire. Hot glue the dried rose to the middle of the wire in front of the moss. Glue several small pieces of Baby’s Breath on and around the rose. Either make a little loop on the bottom of the wire to hold the tiny ball, or hot glue it to the bottom of the wire.
Finally, hot glue the top end of the wire to the top side of one half of the ball, in and under the ball cap. Hot glue the bottom end of the wire with the ball to the inside bottom of the same half of the ball. Close the ball and you’re done. So easy! So beautiful!
Special thanks to Ellen Bowman for her assistance with this series. Ellen has sold her dried arrangements at art shows and craft fairs all across New York and North Carolina. Visit her at Dry Your Own Flowers.