My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Skeleton Leaf Flameless Candle Cocoon

Rest the balloon on a container

Inflate a large balloon and give it a knot. Rest the balloon on a container so that it stands upright to make it easier to work with.

Thin wood glue with a bit of warm water

Thin wood glue with a bit of warm water

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to make skeleton leaves

Dip a large skeleton leaf into the wood glue to soak

Dip a large skeleton leaf (I used Magnolia leaves) into the wood glue to soak

Smooth the leaf on to the balloon

Smooth the leaf on to the balloon

Add another leaf to overlap the first

Add another leaf to overlap the first

Set the balloon aside to dry

Once the rounded part of the balloon is covered set it aside to dry. When it feels dry turn the balloon over and add more leaves to extend up pointing towards the tapered top, stems up

Let the balloon dry overnight

Let the balloon dry overnight

The wood glue would look milky while white and be invisible when dry

Wood glue appears milky-white while wet and invisible when dry

Slowly release the air from the balloon. Do not simply pop the balloon as this will rip the leaves. See the Tutorial below on how to deflate a balloon

Remove the balloon

Remove the balloon and gently reshape the leaves

Skeleton leaf cocoon.

Skeleton leaf cocoon ready to design with

Place the flameless candle in the cavity.

Place the flameless candle in the cavity.

Switch on the light

and switch on the battery powered flickering light

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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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