Have you seen the 2017 version of Beauty and the Beast? I must confess, it’s fast becoming one of my all-time favourite Disney films. I mean… the décor!
And no, of course I don’t keep hitting pause just to study the details and note down project ideas.
Because how annoying would that be?
Aside from the stunning ballroom with its swoon-worthy chandeliers and the fantastical Beast’s lair, one of the most stunning pieces in the whole film is THAT rose and it’s become quite the popular craft hack.
OK, now I’ve included this picture, I have SERIOUS cloche envy.
The Interweb already has tutorials galore for making a Beauty and the Beast Rose, so I’m not about to reinvent the wheel. But what I can offer you is a list of UK supplies, tips and tricks, and a bunch of resources that will both inspire and help you to make an Enchanted Rose of your very own.
What I used:
Cloche with wooden stand – IKEA (from the marketplace). I wanted a gold base, so I painted the wooden stand with Gold Metallic Acrylic Paint from DecoArt.
Cloche handle – Glass cabinet knob, glued on with Unibond 100% power glue. Solvent-free, dries clear and pretty much sticks everything, this stuff has become a game changer in my curious and crafty world. I got mine in B&Q, but it’s £2 cheaper on Amazon.
Cloche décor – I cut the icy fronds on the Cricut from frosted vinyl, using these lovely free patterns from Jennifer Maker. Aren’t they fabulous? The majority of the Enchanted Roses I’ve seen have a plain cloche but I think the pattern makes all the difference, don’t you? It elevates a humble DIY into something far more stylish and authentic.
No cutting machine? Read on!
Silk Rose – Wilko £1.25. The original colour was a little pillar box red for my liking, so I darkened the petals with food colouring.
Top Tip: The best colour for darkening red is green but I don’t have any green food colouring, so I mixed a little blue and yellow first, then added in some red to get the colour I wanted. I then painted the food colouring straight onto the petals with a brush.
How to make a floating rose
There are various ways to make your rose “float”, many of which involve using a drill but in my world, the glue gun is closer so I followed this tutorial. It’s also where I got the idea to use food colouring to darken the rose. Genius!
It’s a great method and worked really well but had I discovered THIS tutorial before going down the hot glue route, I think I may have tried it this way. Mind you, working from the back of the board has its own challenges, especially if the stem of your rose isn’t quite central, but I do like the clean finish. (Fast forward to about 10mins to go straight to the bit I’m talking about.)
The other thing I like about this tutorial is how she decorated her cloche, which is much more accessible if you don’t have a cutting machine.
I also like her method for adding lights. I chose to skip this step because I knew my Valentine’s Day display would be well-lit, but I may add a few micro twinklies once Valentine’s Day is over.
And there you go. My version of a DIY Beauty and the Beast rose that looks for all the world like it could have come out of the film.
If the film version was a smaller cloche with a gold base.
A hui hou,
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