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Christmas Rose Garland Bottle-Brush Tree

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I imagined a large bottle-brush tree with a spiral
of faux roses for a centerpiece …

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I thought many other rose colors would look wonderful too,
but the color red won out after much planning.

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I found this bunch of red roses on eBay.
Each rose was about 1-1/4 inch in diameter.
A little planning ahead with a calculator and a tape
measure assured me that
these red faux roses would be enough for the project.

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A few tools I used were a wire cutter to cut the stems of the
roses to about an inch long, and masking tape to mark
the spiral path around the tree.
The bottle-brush tree itself is about 16" tall
with metallic with gold glitter and red berries.

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From this sprightly bunch of roses …

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… I ended up with a bowl of 74, just enough for the spiral
by my estimates, figuring 1 rose per inch.

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To make the roses more delicate, I trimmed away
some of the outer petals so that they resembled buds
just beginning to open.

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Marking the spiral with masking tape can be fussy!
I adjusted the tape a lot, constantly turning the tree
to make sure it would look good from all angles.
Make sure the tape is lightly applied so that you won't
lose too much glitter when it is removed.

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Hot glue around the base of each rose …

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Roll back the tape a bit and apply a rose.
I also glued extra roses to the top as shown.

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Applied by hand, the rose spiral is charming
without being too uniform.
Though I have to say that without the masking tape
I think this would have been rather wonky!

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