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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Bleached Baby’s Breath Wreath

Measure out two containers for your wreath.jpg

Measure out two containers for your wreath. I used a flat catering tray for the outer circle and a pillar vase for the inside circle.

Cover the vase with cling wrap to make it easy to remove

Cover the vase with cling wrap to make it easy to remove

Pour wood glue into a deep container

Pour wood glue into a deep container

Thin the glue with water and stir well

Thin the glue with water and stir well

Dip sprigs of Baby's Breath in the glue mixture

Dip sprigs of dried and bleached Baby's Breath in the glue mixture

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to bleach Gypsophila

Place the sprig in the tray at an angle

Place the sprig in the tray, at an angle

Add more sprigs of Gyp

Add more sprigs of Gyp. Place the next sprig at the same angle as the one before to create an outward radiating wreath

Allow the first layer to dry

Allow the first layer to dry

Build up layer after layer

Build up layer after layer, allowing the sprigs to dry before adding the next layer

Stack each sprig to radiate out

Stack each sprig to radiate out, same as the one before

Set aside to dry thoroughly.

Carefully lift the pillar vase from the tray

Carefully lift the pillar vase from the tray

Wiggle your fingers between the tray and the wreath

Wiggle your fingers between the tray and the wreath

Carefully start to lift the wreath

Carefully start to lift the wreath

Spread your fingers and loosen all the sprigs that are glued to the tray

Spread your fingers and move your hand gently around the tray to loosen all the sprigs.

Remove the wreath from the tray

Remove the wreath from the tray

Place the wreath on a glass container

Place the wreath on a glass container

Add a few tiny test tubes for the fresh flowers

Glue in a few tiny test tubes for the fresh flowers

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how I make tiny test tubes from drinking straws

Fill the test tubes with water and add the orchids

Fill the test tubes with water and add the orchids

See the detailed Tutorial below for an easy way to fill tiny test tubes with water

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Tutorials

4 November 2015 Bleached Gypsophila

Gypsophila dries really well and can be bleached to a stunning winter white

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.

3 January 2011 Syringe with tube

Easy way to fill test tubes and easiest way to remove water from a vase

12 June 2012 Sticky Shooting Star

Glue gypsophila sticks, flowers and dandelion seeds into a star shape

25 August 2011 Placing orchids in test tubes

Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.

16 August 2011 Cut spiked flower stems and foliage into short sections

Orchids grow in long flower spikes. It is great to use the entire stem but sometimes you need shorter section. There is a trick to cutting the stems without leaving a visible...

Favourite Flowers

Gypsophila

Baby’s breath, soap wort, Gyp, Gypsophila

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