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Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Bark Christmas Stocking

Draw a very basic Christmas stocking outline to use as a guiding template

Draw a very basic Christmas stocking outline to use as a guiding template

Measure out copper mesh to the size of the template.

Measure out copper mesh to the size of the template.

Cut the mesh to the shape of the template

Cut the mesh to the shape of the template

Connect the two halves and start shaping the stocking

Connect the two halves and start shaping the stocking by bending the wire

To add bulk cut a strip of mesh

To add bulk cut a strip of mesh to add to the front of the stocking. Cut the strip so that you have wire ends extending out at both sides to connect to the stocking

Fit the strip to the front of the wire stocking

Fit the strip to the front of the wire stocking...

And twist the wire ends with pliers to secure

... and twist the wire ends with pliers to secure

Continue to shape the stocking

Continue to shape the stocking

Press the sole flat to create a base and twist the wires to secure

Press the sole of the stocking flat to create a base and twist the wires to secure.

Cover the wire frame with bark

Cover the wire frame with bark. For this design I used the dark bark chips found in orchid growth medium

Glue the chips to the wire frame

Glue the chips to the wire frame with hot glue

Fit each chip to overlap slightly but still follow the shape

Fit each chip to overlap slightly but still follow the shape

Choose chips that closely follow the curves of the stocking

Choose chips that closely follow the curves of the stocking

Glue chips allaround the wire stocking

Glue chips all around the wire stocking

Flip the frame over and cover the other side

Flip the frame over and cover the other side

Cover the front and the back.

Cover the front and the back.

And the sole

... and the sole.

Inspect the stocking armature and add chips of bark where there is gaps

Inspect the stocking armature and add chips of bark where there is gaps

Bark Christmas stocking ready to design with

Bark Christmas stocking ready to design with

For a Tutorial on how to blow away the hot glue strands follow the link below
Set the stocking down and add floral details

Or add a few twigs at the back for the stocking to rest on:

Glue in a few twigs

Glue in a few twigs

Making sure the design armature is secure.

Making sure the design armature is secure.

The fluffy cuff of the bark stocking is cotton pods. See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to add the cuff and finish the design

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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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