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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Adding flowers to those pretty hand coiled flip flops I made for my book

Coil sandal Tutorial from my book

... remember these coiled sandals I showed you from page 252 in my book? Well... this week they are getting dressed up.

I have also shared the Tutorial here for you to follow along ... see the Tutorial below... or in my book from page 250 to 253.

Fold over some tissue paper to prop up the flip flop ribbon

Fold over some tissue paper to prop up the flip flop ribbon while designing.

Slip the tissue paper into the sandal to keep it's shape

Slip the tissue paper into the sandal to keep it's shape.

Cut kalanchoe flowers from the plant

Cut Kalanchoe flowers from the plant just before designing so that it lasts for as long as possible. It is a succulent so it will remain pretty for at least a week without any water source. I know... right!?! Perfect for this kind of design.

Design note: Cut so that there is no stem left on the flower. And place the floral glue on the entire cut area. Not only will the flower have a bigger surface to adhere to but the glue will also seal in the moisture in the flower to help it remain hydrated for longer.

Cut away the stem and glue the flower to the ribbon with floral glue

Cut away the stem and glue the flower directly to the ribbon with floral glue.

Add the next flower next to it

Add the next flower next to it... and the next, next to that.

Start with the larger fully opened flowers to cover the surface. Then later go in and fill the gaps with the smaller flowers and buds to create a bit of dimension.

Do the same on the other sandal

Do the same on the other sandal. No need to match them exactly. Just similar enough to go together.

Every so often add in a rosary vine heart

Every so often add in a rosary vine heart.

Cover the front side of the ribbon

Cover only the front side of the ribbon though so that the sandal remains comfortable to wear. If it is just for display you can go ahead and cover both the front and back.

Move around to the sides and build up the design

Move around to the sides and build up the design.

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Look at the design from all the angles and fill in any gaps with smaller buds

Look at the design from all the angles and fill in any gaps with smaller buds...

That neatly slips in between the open flowers

That neatly slips in between the open flowers.

Remove the tissue paper to finish the sides

Remove the tissue paper to finish the sides.

Once it is fully covered test the design to make sure all the flowers are secure

Once it is fully covered test the design to make sure all the flowers are secure.

Make sure all the flowers are on the outside of the ribbon

Make sure all the flowers are on the outside of the ribbon. See the flower right next to my thumb? This one needs to be re positioned so that it is fully secured to the outside of the ribbon. This prevents the flowers from getting damaged but it also looks more professional and neatly constructed.

That's better

... simply lift the flower away... add more glue and reposition the flower. If you have sticky glue on the inside remove it by rolling the glue away. See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how I remove floral glue from ribbon ( and plant material and skin)

Inspect the flower all round so that each flower is perfectly placed

Inspect the flower all round so that each flower is perfectly placed...

I even flip the design over and give it a good shake

Flip the design over and give it a good shake. It is much easier to go in and reposition a flower now than to have to try to fix it later once the finishing touches are curved over it.

Add in a few passion fruit tendrils

Add in a few passion fruit tendrils to curve over and around the flowers.

And place a few dew drop crystals for sparkle

And place a few dew drop crystals for sparkle.

I use a pin to place the crystals so that I do not damage the design. See the Tutorial in the section below for detailed instructions on exactly how i do that. And there's also more details in my book... of course.

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Tutorials

29 August 2018 Coil slip on sandals

Braid ripped flax and coil it into shaped slip on sandals.

14 January 2015 Weaving Slippers from Foliage

Weave slip on shoes from palm leaves

17 June 2015 Weaving Zori-inspired slip-on Sandals

Sandals made from bamboo, grass and sisal and a bit of satin ribbon for luxury

14 January 2011 Ripping Flax

Flax can be ripped into fibres creating long and versatile strips

30 August 2011 Removing Oasis Floral Adhesive glue spills

The finish of every design should be flawless. Make sure there are no bits of glue visible in your design by carefully removing all traces of spills.

8 July 2015 Using a pin to place tiny dew drop crystals

It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.

25 April 2012 A plait, a braid or a French knot grass collar

"Plaid" and "braid" are synonyms, and where you are from will most likely dictate whether you use plait (British) or braid (American or Celtic). Some people also refer to...

20 July 2016 Twisted Lily Grass sun hat

Twist and weave a sun hat from blades of lily grass

22 April 2020 Weave a trendy oversized clutch purse with a hidden magnetic closure

A three in one Tutorial to show you how to weave a clutch purse, how to add a magnetic closure AND how to incorporate a ribbon into a weaved design.

Favourite Flowers

Kalanchoe

Christmas Kalanchoe, Kalanchöe or Kalanchoë

Ceropegia woodii

Rosary vine, Chain of Hearts, Collar of hearts and String of hearts

Related Designs

22 July 2020 Step It Up

Dress up a pair of hand coiled flip-flops with succulents.

29 August 2018 It’s not that it is inexpensive… it’s priceless!

Yes, this Coil slip on sandals design is in my book: the effortless floral craftsman, a floral crafter’s guide to crafting with nature ... it is also the first design from the...

14 January 2015 Take a load off

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17 June 2015 This Summer

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20 July 2016 A Shade of Summer

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22 April 2020 Yes… but what would she put in it?

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