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Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Piled Pine Needle Tabletop Wreath

Place dry pine needles in a bowl

Place dry pine needles in a bowl

Pour wood glue over the pine needles

Pour wood glue over the pine needles

Thin the wood glue with warm water

Thin the wood glue with warm water.

Mix the glue and pine needles

Mix the glue and pine needles to make sure that the needles are covered in glue

Lightly pile the needles in a circle

Lightly pile the needles in a circle. I am working inside an upturned catering tray lid to guide the wreath shape and catch all the glue spills.

Keep on piling needles

Keep on piling pine needles

Make sure the foundation is still light and airy but secure

Make sure the foundation is still light and airy but secure. Have a look around the circle and add needles where the connection seems weak

The next layer should add a bit of height to the wreath.

The next layer should add a bit of height to the wreath. Do not pat it down. Let the pine needles trickle from your fingers

The two layers should add enough height to help the next few pine needles to stand upright

The two layers should add enough height to help the next few pine needles to stand upright.

Glue in needles to stand on end

Glue in needles to stand on end. It should look like they just fell from the tree and froze that way

Set the wreath aside to dry overnight

Carefully lift the wreath from the plastic

Carefully lift the wreath from the plastic, first by flexing the tray to loosen the glue, and then carefully wiggle any bits that are still stuck.

Place your hand under the wreath and lift it out of the tray

Place your hand under the wreath and lift it out of the tray

Gently shake the wreath to make sure there are no weak points

Gently shake the wreath to make sure there are no weak points

Piled Pine Needle Tabletop Wreath ready to design with

Piled Pine Needle Tabletop Wreath ready to design with

Place the Piled Pine Needle Tabletop Wreath on a glass cake stand.

Fill the bottom of a lipped cake stand with water and float just a few stems of white hydrangea shooting star flower heads. Place the Piled Pine Needle Tabletop Wreath to rest lightly on the lip of the cake stand but away from from the water. Add a few frosted glass baubles, the eucalyptus snow flakes (See Tutorial below for how to make Eucalyptus Snow Flakes) and more dried pine needles

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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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