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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Drying Physalis sepals

Remove all foliage and clean the stems.

Remove all foliage and clean the stems.

Drying Physalis (Chinese lanterns) .

Tie the stems with a ribbon or string and hang upside down in a well ventilated area.

The papery pods (sepals) will retain their vivid colours and the tiny fruit will shrivel and dry inside the pods.

You can also remove the tiny fruit to plant and dry the pods.

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Tutorials

8 October 2011 Remove the berry from a Physalis pod without ripping the sepal

Cut the sepal from the fruit

Favourite Flowers

Physalis

Chinese lantern, cape gooseberry, Peruvian cherry, Inca berry

Related Designs

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This is a detailed look at my first Floral Fable demonstration design

7 October 2011 Thanksgiving Harvest

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14 April 2011 In the Bag

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16 October 2012 Bright, brighter… brightest!

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30 January 2013 It's High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with wire techniques

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20 February 2013 Designing with Mother Nature

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3 September 2014 What's done is done

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30 November 2016 All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate): Worth a second look

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1 November 2017 A Round

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3 October 2018 But what’s inside?

This week we are looking at the contents pages of my book... but more specifically at the sweet little pod design on the content page of my book.

2 October 2019 Cross-hatch a Shadow Bright Autumn

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