My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Bubble raft to float flowers

Water slowly seeps in between the petals to pool and weigh down the bloom.

Cut the bubble raft to fit like a skirt around the flower base

Cut a disk out of bubble wrap. Cut it just slightly smaller than the petals for flat based flowers.

Fold the wrap and cut a hole for the stem to fit through.

Also remember: the heavier the flower head the larger the bubble raft. In the water the bubble wrap becomes almost invisible

Simply slip the stem through the hole

Cut the stem as short as required

And set it in water to float

Even flat petalled orchids float better with a bubble skirt

And keeps the water from slowly sinking the bloom.

Press the stem all the way through so that the bubble skirt support the petals

And float the flowers

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3 March 2011 Reflex Tulip Petals

Tulip petals can be opened or reflexed to create a fuller bloom

11 May 2011 Slow down tulip growth, after the stems have been severed from the bulbs

Tulips continue to grow after being cut. Sometimes when you make a very small design or for competition or bridal work you want to minimize growth. The best way to do this is to...

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