My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Bark Christmas Stocking

Draw a very basic Christmas stocking outline to use as a guiding template

Measure out copper mesh to the size of the template.

Cut the mesh to the shape of the template

Connect the two halves and start shaping the stocking by bending the wire

To add bulk cut a strip of mesh to add to the front of the stocking. Cut the strip so that you have wire ends extending out at both sides to connect to the stocking

Fit the strip to the front of the wire stocking...

... and twist the wire ends with pliers to secure

Continue to shape the stocking

Press the sole of the stocking flat to create a base and twist the wires to secure.

Cover the wire frame with bark. For this design I used the dark bark chips found in orchid growth medium

Glue the chips to the wire frame with hot glue

Fit each chip to overlap slightly but still follow the shape

Choose chips that closely follow the curves of the stocking

Glue chips all around the wire stocking

Flip the frame over and cover the other side

Cover the front and the back.

... and the sole.

Inspect the stocking armature and add chips of bark where there is gaps

Bark Christmas stocking ready to design with

For a Tutorial on how to blow away the hot glue strands follow the link below
Set the stocking down and add floral details

Or add a few twigs at the back for the stocking to rest on:

Glue in a few twigs

Making sure the design armature is secure.

The fluffy cuff of the bark stocking is cotton pods. See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to add the cuff and finish the design

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Tutorials

24 July 2012 Blow away hot glue strands

When you glue a structure with hot glue there are always a few stray strands of glue stuck all over the design. Blow it away with a hairdryer.

14 January 2013 Bark and paper covered Styrofoam stand for ice cream cones

Press a wooden skewer into the Styrofoam to help the cones stand upright when displayed

17 September 2014 Bark Bowl

Glue bark onto a bowl to create a dome shape

10 July 2012 Bark covered heart

Cover cardboard with bark to create a heart shaped log

21 December 2016 Add a Cotton pod Cuff to the Bark Christmas Stocking Armature

A fluffy cuff lines the top edge of the bark Christmas Stocking

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.

Related Designs

24 December 2014 Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

A bark Christmas stocking glued to a frame

21 December 2016 A Gleaming Cotton Christmas

Glue bark to a wire frame to create a Christmas stocking armature

11 January 2017 As special as an almost never find

Sometimes you find such a beautiful plant that you just can't bring yourself to cut it. This design explores using the entire plant, pot and all, in a design

6 December 2017 While I sing of beauty's treasure

Glue the most delicate twig table top Christmas tree

13 December 2017 Just hear those sleigh bells jingling

Craft a bark sleigh that will last for weeks.

19 December 2018 Oh Florist-tree

Craft an Eucalyptus Christmas tree

3 April 2011 Bark Wreath

I needed the wreath to be as light as possible to make sure it would "dance in the rain" on the flexible metal stand.

29 November 2011 Jack Frost’s Christmas stocking

I used wire, fishing line (mono-filament) and Phalaenopsis orchid roots to make a messy lace Christmas stocking and dressed the stocking with frost green Cymbidium orchids