Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
A little nest for Easter chocolates that naturally hooks over the edge of a container
Strip the foliage from Eucalyptus stems. Use non toxic stems especially if you are placing unwrapped chocolate in the nest.
You can use any pliable weaving stem. See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to strip weaving stems
Start weaving a small wreath
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to weave a wreath
Continue to weave to create a sturdy little wreath with plenty of twigs that form small gaps all around
Cut a stem with a hook in short. Press the thicker stem through a gap in the wreath weave and twist the other stem to point away from the wreath.
Weave in thinner stems through the gaps and extend to create a lining for the nest
Weave the stems through and cut the ends short
Make sure the twig hook is secure by weaving in extra stems
Adjust the hook to make sure the nest hangs securely
Hang the nest over the edge of a container
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