Princess Belle fan spent 30 hours creating stunning Beauty and the Beast-themed Christmas tree
“Last Christmas was the first time I decided to look into having a Beauty and the Beast-themed tree but this year I wanted it to be bigger and better.” This mom and Princess Belle superfan went all out for Christmas.
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A Princess Belle megafan has dedicated 30 hours to creating a stunning Beauty and the Beast-themed Christmas tree.

Mom-of-one, Sian Teesdale (29), spent eight hours every day for three days handcrafting red and yellow decorations for her Disney-inspired tree.

As well as hand-painting baubles to get them the same shade of yellow as Belle’s iconic ball gown, Sian made rose baubles, red and yellow silk satin bows and a scarlet skirt to sit under the tree.

After perfecting her decorations and forking out about £120 (R2 160) on a few official Disney ornaments, Sian then devoted six more hours to dressing the 7ft (2m) snow-dusted artificial fir.

“Last Christmas was the first time I decided to look into having a Beauty and the Beast-themed tree but this year I wanted it to be bigger and better,” said Sian from Swansea in Wales.

“I couldn’t find any yellow baubles so I had to paint loads of baubles myself to get them the same shade as Belle’s dress.

“I stuck red roses to some baubles and glitter on others and made all the yellow and red bows.

“It didn’t cost me a lot but it took me about 24 hours over three days to get all the decorations perfect.

“I’m so happy with how it’s turned out. I love it. I want to keep it up all year. I love the yellow-and-red look. I think they’re Christmassy colours.

“This year’s tree is Belle themed but it would be nice next year to do a blue and yellow tree for Beast.

“My little girl is too young to appreciate the tree just yet. She loves all the lights. I’m sure when she’s a bit older she’ll be like, ‘Wow, Mommy’.”

Sian – who’s married to Lee (34) and has a daughter, Arabelle (1) – has adored Belle since she was four.

She’s even turned her “obsession” into a career, dressing as Disney princesses for kids’ parties, events and to visit children’s hospitals.

All the children in her community know Belle “lives” in Sian’s house which is filled with an ever-growing collection of Beauty and the Beast trinkets.

“Belle has always been my favourite Disney princess. I just love Beauty and the Beast – its story and its message.

“Belle is so kind and she changes the Beast to be more kind. I love the message of not judging a book by its cover and how beauty is found on the inside.”

And the professional princess says she really loves Belle’s yellow dress.

“When I get to put it on I feel absolutely amazing. Being Belle just feels really natural.

“Belle is a really big part of my life. My daughter, Arabelle, is even named after her.

“This year we dressed as Beauty and the Beast for Halloween and all the children came round to trick or treat.

“Getting to be Belle and other Disney princesses as my job is incredible. I have met so many amazing people.

“I love teaching children the message from Beauty and the Beast. One time a little girl walked up to Beast and told him he was beautiful. It was so sweet.”

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