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Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Barely There Skeleton Leaf Gift Box

I used a basic box template to make three small boxes to shape my skeleton leaves

I used a basic box template to make three small boxes to shape my skeleton leaves

Cover the boxes with cling film

Cover the boxes with cling film

Smooth the film down

Smooth the film down

For my boxes I used both bleached and natural skeleton leaves

For my boxes I used both bleached and natural skeleton leaves.

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

Thin wood glue with warm water and add a sprinkle of extra fine glitter

Thin wood glue with warm water and add a sprinkle of extra fine glitter

Dip the skeleton leaf in the thinned glue

Dip the skeleton leaf in the thinned glue

Smooth the leaf on to the surface of the box

Smooth the leaf on to the surface of the box

Add another leaf

Add another leaf. Make sure it slightly overlaps with the first leaf. Smooth it flat to follow the shape of the box

Add more leaves

Add more leaves. Smooth it down to the sides

Add a few dark leaves for contrast

Add a few dark leaves for contrast

Set it aside to dry. I used the same boxes to make the little lids

Gently remove the box

Gently remove the box

Skeleton leaf box.

The skeleton leaf box keeps its shape perferctly

The boxes are really delicate so treat it with care

The boxes are really delicate so treat it with care. It becomes stronger as the glue strengthen.

Cover the boxes with new clingfilm but this time bulk it up slightly around the top edge

Cover the boxes with new cling film but this time bulk it up slightly around the top edge. This makes the lid bigger than the box so that it fits snugly when closed

Smooth on leaves to the top and a thin edge at the sides

Smooth on leaves to the top and a thin edge at the sides

Smooth on a few decorative dark leaves

Smooth on a few decorative dark leaves

Set aside to dry completely

Lift the lid from the box

Lift the lid from the box

Peel away the cling film from the box and lid

Peel away the cling film from the box and lid

Place the lid on the box

Place the lid on the box

Skeleton leaf gift boxes ready to design with

Skeleton leaf gift boxes ready to design with

The extra fine glitter adds a sparkle to the design

The extra fine glitter adds a barely there sparkle to the design

Add a sisal bow

Add a sisal bow

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to dye sisal with natural stains

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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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