Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Rose Bud Christmas Tree

I've got a house full of girls (5 of them, not including me) and much to the chagrin of the boys (only 3, if you count my hubby) the girls are GIRLY GIRLS!  I'm sure many of you know exactly what that means.  Ruffles, lace, flowers, pink, purple, PINK, and girl stuff all over.  While I was relaxing last night my adorable 5 year old asked me a question?????

"Mommy, why aren't Christmas Tree's PINK?"  She was so serious it was cute.  I gave her the generic answer of , "because their green sweetheart, that's the way god made them"  Apparently that was not the appropriate answer.  So today she asked if we could make her a "GIRL" tree.  And then it hit me.

ROSES!

I figured out how to make really cute roses with my cricut & SURE CUTS ALOT software.  Why not make a whole bunch of them and make her a little tree sign.   Here is how I did it!

I tweeked a jpg that I found on google of a scalloped spiral so that it would cut on my cricut.  (using inkscape and Sure Cuts Alot 2)

Then using some mauve (ok, fine, i'll call it pink) ink that I picked up at Roberts for $1 I just brushed it over the edges of the scallops.


Then I used my embossing stylus (but anything long and skinny like a skewer would work) and I started at the end and started rolling up the spiral.

 When you get it all finished it looks like a really tight rose bud.  You can glue it like that or I let go to loosen it up a bit. 

Then just put some glue on the bottom to hold it all together.


After you get all your roses complete call in your favorite 5 year old helper to give you a hand.



Have her pose for a picture!  Not that she wasn't already doing that.... Then decide what type of background you want.  I originally wanted to go with a Black or darker background.  But little girls can be pretty insistent.  It had to be WOOD, after all it is a TREE!

So I pulled out some scrap flooring that I had laying around and i had her draw a light sketch of what she wanted her tree to look like.

Not too shabby if you ask me (especially for a 5 year old)


Then just start gluing away.  (Don't worry, I was supervising the use of the hot glue gun with my little girl, no one got hurt in the production of this tutorial)



Stop for yet another posed picture.....


Add a ribbon bow at the bottom for the "tree stump" and VOILA!  A Girly "pinkish" Tree..



It turned out better than I thought it would.  She hasn't decided if she wants to add something else to it (It is her choice, because it's her "pink" Christmas Tree)  But I like it just the way it is.  I can't wait till Valentines day.  I'm gonna make a heart out of Red velveteen paper!

6 comments:

Tanya said...

That's really pretty! I may have to try those rosettes...I'm the only girl in my house, so would be nice to have a pink tree. Your daughter has good ideas! (=

Krafty Kat said...

So, so pretty! I may have to try this for my little girl- she's girly girl & I know she would love it. I'll have to hand cut though (ugh). Thanks so much for sharing this at the Holiday Hookup!

Krafty Kat said...

Just wanted to let you know I am featuring this! Stop by and grab a featured button! Hope you'll be linking up again this week!

Rose :: FineCraftGuild.com said...

wow. how lucky these kids are that their mom does personalized projects with each one of them.... :-)

thank you for linking up your project with us at the DIY Linky tutorial party. a new party opens tomorrow and we'd love to you again then!

Anonymous said...

Adorable. I'd love to see you link this up over at trendy treehouse tonight. We host a creative share.

Www.thetrendytreehouse.blogspot.com

Tara

Brigid said...

My brother is 5 too, and when he saw your daughters picture he fell instantly in love! It was so adorable! Please comment back!