My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

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.

Hot glue strands

Blow it away with a hairdryer.

Remove hot glue strands with a hairdryer set on high.

Set the hairdryer on the highest (warmest) setting.

The glue cobwebs melts away.

Because the strands are so thin they don’t need a lot of heat to simply melt away.

Removing hot glue strands.

Do not focus the heat on any section for long enough to melt the glue connection.

The glue strands melt away.

Simply heat until the strands start to melt

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Tutorials

28 March 2011 Spinning a Hot Glue Spider Web or silk for a Floral Cocoon

How to spin (and remove) hot glue spider web or floral cocoon

Related Designs

24 July 2012 A little bit of Art and Soul

A twig structure with roses

12 August 2012 A Twist on Tradition

August is the month for retail florists and wholesalers to start designing, ordering and preparing their product range for the Christmas and Festive Season. This is my article...

18 December 2013 Jingle Belling

Glue a stacked twig round-about to use as a Christmas table top wreath

8 January 2014 It's stick season!

Snap and stack an glue a few twigs to create a lace like armature

18 June 2014 Stuck stick

Glue a few sticks to create a hollowed out crescent armature

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

A bark Christmas stocking glued to a frame

31 December 2014 The sound of a kiss

Stack and glue twigs into a table top heart

29 July 2015 Beautiful Things

Glue a few twigs into a disk armature

21 October 2015 Watch the leaves turn

Roll autumn leaves to create a wreath

9 December 2015 On a Grand Scale

My article and a floral panel design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

10 February 2016 Be My Twig-Heart

Glue an upright twig heart for a freestanding Valentine's display

11 May 2016 Pour

Glue a twig vase and melt some plastic to create a tumbling design

5 October 2016 I found it this way: Leaf nest design

This was the third design I did in my "I found it this way" floral art demonstration

21 December 2016 A Gleaming Cotton Christmas

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

8 February 2017 It could hold

A fragile looking heart made from twigs that can hold a lot of orchids

29 November 2017 Marcescent

Glue a delicate autumn room devider

13 December 2017 Just hear those sleigh bells jingling

Craft a bark sleigh that will last for weeks.

31 October 2018 Scary stuff!

My Halloween design... with some scary stuff hidden if you can read between the leaves!

19 December 2018 Oh Florist-tree

Craft an Eucalyptus Christmas tree

16 January 2019 Every. Single. Week.

Stand tulips upright in a shallow container with a suspended twig armature.

6 February 2019 Tread softly on winter

A delicate winter twig armature to show off the delicate beauty of these early spring coloured tulips.

15 May 2019 Heard it through the grapevine?

Have you heard? I have wonderful news this week. Oh! and I also have this pretty grapevine armature shaped like the petals of an open rose to show you. But... Have you heard...

17 July 2019 … and... a bit more... effort… to make it special

Instead of just placing a handful of twigs and two stems of sweet peas in a vase... why not...?

13 November 2019 It’s unreal!

Design 1 of my three week pre-Christmas designing series looking at How to style with artificial plants and branches using quality faux plants and stems. This week: a wreath

4 December 2019 A Very Merry eucalyptus-collar-candle Christmas!

An easy and naturally fragrant winter white candle decoration to bring nature into your house this Christmas.