My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Bark and Cotton Candy Cane

Tape a few cardboard rolls to create a basic candy cane shape

Tape a few cardboard rolls together to create a basic candy cane shape

Draw out the lines on the candy cane

Draw out the lines on the candy cane

Tape a guide line with painters tape

Tape a guide line with painters tape

I wanted my line to be slightly thicker so I taped a strip on both sides of the guide line

Cardboard candy cane ready to cover

Cardboard candy cane ready to cover

Chip away some bark with a sharp knife from a piece of wood

Chip away some bark with a sharp knife from a piece of wood

Start to glue the wood chips to the candy cane

Start to glue the wood chips to the candy cane

Move around the following the cane shape

Move around the following the cane shape

Following the growth direction of the cane

Following the growth direction of the cane

Around and up the top curve

Around and up the top curve

Remove the painters tape

Remove the painters tape

Pull out the fluffy cotton from the pod

Pull out the fluffy cotton from the pod

See the Tutorial below for more information how to mat cotton and wool into felt

Mat the fluff to create long strands of cotton

Mat (or tangle) the fluff to create long strands of cotton by placing it on a flat surface and rubbing the fibres to tangle

I loved the look of the seeds in the cotton but you can remove it for a smoother fluffy part

Glue the cotton fluff to cover the open candy cane strip

Glue the cotton fluff to cover the open candy cane strip

Place a cotton pod in the top cavity

Place a cotton pod in the top cavity

Place a pod in the bottom cavity to close that as well

Place a pod in the bottom cavity to close that as well

Softly smooth the cotton down again so that it follows the shape closely.

Softly smooth the cotton down again so that it follows the shape closely.

Cotton and bark candy cane

Cotton and bark candy cane

Glue in a few air plants

Glue in a few air-plants

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how I cover the ends of the air-plants with cotton

Add in baubles and wire spirals

Add in baubles and wire spirals. And add a few drinking straw test tubes to keep the roses hydrated (see the Tutorial below)

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.

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