Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
A bark strip and fluffed cotton disk wreath
Rip the bark into long strips
Pour out some wood glue over the strips
Thin the glue with hot water
Push the bark down into the warm glue and water to soak
Wrap silver wire around a foam wreath frame and add a loop to make it easier to hang the wreath
Wrap a soaked bark strip around the wreath frame
... and secure it with the decorative wire
Keep adding strips of bark. Each time let the bark slightly overlap the previous strip. Secure it by wrapping decorative wire around the frame
Wrap about half of the frame in bark strips and secure the wire with a twist.
Set the wreath aside to dry overnight
Pull the cotton from the pods
It comes out easily leaving the pods cleanly
Gently fluff out the cotton to find the seed.
Feel around in the fluff until you find the seed is in the middle of the bit of fluff
Gently pull the fluff from the seed without ripping it
This creates a flat disk of cotton fluff that radiates outward from the seed
Fluff out all the cotton you will need to cover the rest of the wreath frame
Soak some torn newsprint paper in a warm water and wood glue mixture
and cover the foam wreath frame
Set aside to dry
Glue the cotton disks to the wreath frame by adding a small drop of hot glue to the back of the disk right where the seed is. Overlap the disks slightly
Turn the frame around and cover the back with cotton
The wreath frame is now ready to design with
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