Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Bleached Baby’s Breath Wreath
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
Pour wood glue into a deep container
Thin the glue with water and stir well
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
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
Build up layer after layer, allowing the sprigs to dry before adding the next layer
Stack each sprig to radiate out, same as the one before
Set aside to dry thoroughly.
Carefully lift the pillar vase from the tray
Wiggle your fingers between the tray and the wreath
Carefully start to lift the wreath
Spread your fingers and move your hand gently around the tray to loosen all the sprigs.
Remove the wreath from the tray
Place the wreath on a glass container
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
See the detailed Tutorial below for an easy way to fill tiny test tubes with water
Gypsophila dries really well and can be bleached to a stunning winter white
When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.
Easy way to fill test tubes and easiest way to remove water from a vase
Glue gypsophila sticks, flowers and dandelion seeds into a star shape
Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.
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...
This was the fourth (and last) design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration
Now this is quite a discovery! And it honestly is the easiest and quickest way to go from "I still want to decorate for Christmas" to "... aaand I am done, I made our wreath"