Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Add a Cotton pod Cuff to the Bark Christmas Stocking Armature
See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to make the bark Christmas stocking
Glue a few cotton pods around the edge of the bark Christmas stocking
Move around the armature and add pods
This is the basic stocking ready to design with
Add visual interest by gluing a few more pods, fluffy side in to the edge of the stocking
With your finger poke a hole in the middle of the pod...
Place a drinking straw test tube in the hole to keep the fresh flowers (roses) hydrated
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to make drinking straw test tubes
Add dried tendrils and snowflake crystals to finish
When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.
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A bark Christmas stocking glued to a frame