Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Designing an odd one out wreath
The wreaths are woven from Eucalyptus stems and the green stems are willow.
Strip a few green weaving strips of foliage.
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to weave a wreath and how to strip foliage from weaving stems
Press the stem end into a gap in the wreath
Wrap the stem around and through any gaps in the wreath
Continue adding green stems to the wreath. Add a few stems so that it loops away from the wreath shape to give the flowers a place to nestle in
Add your fresh floral details. I kept my stems long so that I can position them and keep them hydrated. I make tiny straw test tubes for watering the stems. The tubes are cut short and glued into the back. Weave a few more stems over the flowers to somewhat cover up the straws
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to make drinking straw test tubes
When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.
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