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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Eucalyptus collar for a snow-covered Christmas candle

Wrap a battery powered candle with a single ring of ribbon

Wrap a battery powered candle with a single ring of ribbon.

No need to be too precise most of the ribbon will be covered

No need to be too precise most of the ribbon will be covered. This is just to give the leaves a stable foundation and protect the candle so that you can re-use it again... and of course when the leaves shrivels and dries the pretty ribbon might peek out.

Secure the ribbon with double sided tape

Secure the ribbon with double sided tape.

The candles actually look pretty just like this

Design note: The candles actually look pretty just like this... but they are also now ready to design with.

Snip eucalyptus leaves from the stem

Snip eucalyptus leaves from the stem. Cut away the entire stem so that you have a flat surface to glue the leaves to the candle.

Design note: use both fresh and dried leaves so that it looks amazing once everything dries. The dried leaves gives the design structure in the beginning and the fresh leaves then dries to that shape.

Place the candle on its side on a flat surface

Place the candle on its side on a flat surface and glue the first eucalyptus leaf to the ribbon. The leaf should point straight out.

Start adding leaves

Start adding leaves. I start on the "ugly" side, the double sided tape side, first so that I can make sure it is covered with the prettiest leaves.

Overlap the leaves

Overlap the leaves so that they extend slightly beyond the top and the bottom of the ribbon.

Roll the candle as you go along

Roll the candle as you go along...

Make sure not to crush the leaves

Make sure not to crush the leaves... when you have reached a point where you can no longer roll the candle without damaging the eucalyptus leaves...

Place the candle at both ends on drinking glasses

Place the candle at both ends on drinking glasses to lift it from the working surface. Carefully push the glass towards the leaves so that it is kept in place without either damaging the leaves or causing the candle to roll as you design.

Newsletter subscribers: I have a special tip for you this week on how being mindful of craftsmanship elevates your designs. It's always the smallest things that makes the biggest difference in the overall look!

Continue to add the eucalyptus leaves

Continue to add the eucalyptus leaves.

When the collar is done glue in some dried twigs

When the collar is done glue in some dried twigs. I added my twigs like a wrapped scarf blowing in the wind.

Make sure the twigs look healthy and flourishing

Make sure the twigs look healthy and flourishing... by pointing the ends in an upward direction...

You can read more about this in my book. I like to go back to nature for my design inspiration. This is one way of doing this. Book readers turn to page: 76 where I talk about bio-mimicry and really observing nature.

Glue in a few snow flakes

Glue in a few snow flakes around the top edge of the eucalyptus collar. I also have tiny snow flakes on the twigs.

See the Tutorial below in the Tutorial section for detailed instructions on how to glue in snow.

Glue in tiny bauble

Glue in tiny baubles...

And add in the fresh flowers

And add in the fresh flowers

Kalanchoe flowers are a bit of a Christmas miracle all on their own. Because they are succulents they last... and last... and last. No need for a water source! You can make this design well in advance.

I finished my design with tinsel curls

I finished my design with a few tinsel curls... see the Tutorial below for how I curl copper wire it is exactly the same technique.

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Tutorials

28 December 2016 Adding snow to twigs

Glue artificial snow to twigs

5 May 2011 Wire curls

curl wire to add to designs

24 July 2012 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. Blow it away with a hairdryer.

7 November 2018 Ripped Flax Mittens

Knot delicate floral mittens from flax.

6 December 2017 Barely there twig tabletop Christmas tree

Glue curved twig snippets to craft a delicate winter white Christmas tree

4 December 2013 Large wax snowflakes

Artificial snow can be very "chemical" and flowers deteriorate quickly when exposed to it. It also dissolves in water. I use candle wax as "snow"

15 December 2011 Spiral wire support pressed into a candle

The wire spirals are supported on wire sections pressed into the wax

12 December 2012 Eucalyptus Snow Flakes

Glue seeded eucalyptus snow flakes

2 January 2019 Eucalyptus tinsel garland

Wire seeded Eucalyptus into a long tinsel garland.

27 December 2017 Pine NeedleTube

Glue pine needles to a up-cycled disk to create a winter scene

13 December 2017 Long lasting bark and Kalanchoe sleigh

Kalanchoe flowers last weeks without a water source and is the perfect way to dress up a bark and silver bell sleigh

18 December 2013 Jingle bell stem hook

Cut a delicate stem to hook jingle bells on

18 December 2012 Fill hollow bark with test tubes

Glue tiny sections of pipe to the bark to fill as a water source for the fresh flower material

27 September 2017 Tendril vine Wreath Pumpkin

Reshape a vine wreath into smaller wreaths to combine as a pumpkin

16 December 2015 Ivy vine Christmas tree mobile

Twist ivy vines around a cardboard shape to create a lace fine Christmas tree mobile.

16 December 2015 Kalanchoe Christmas Bauble

The delicate Kalanchoe flowers last surprisingly well without a water source and is ideal for glue techniques

2 December 2015 Silver bell Christmas Greenery kissing ball

Use delicate sprigs of cypress or juniper, fir, pine, eucalyptus, ivy or a combination of them all to create a winter themed kissing bough

4 December 2013 Flower Girl Red Net Basket

Weave a twig wreath for an easy net basket

Favourite Flowers

Kalanchoe

Christmas Kalanchoe, Kalanchöe or Kalanchoë

Related Designs

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.

11 December 2019 A Very Merry eucalyptus bauble Christmas!

For this year's Christmas tree I wired and glued a wild and wintry twig armature... but... these little eucalyptus baubles are just the cutest!

7 November 2018 Grab your party mittens, flower buds… it’s Book Launch Day!

Celebrating my book launch by knotting floral mittens using the design Tutorial from my book and the template from the free gift template booklet.

6 December 2017 While I sing of beauty's treasure

Glue the most delicate twig table top Christmas tree

15 December 2011 Rocking around Three Candle Trees

Wire spirals twisted around candles to make small Christmas trees for the Christmas Eve dinner table

27 December 2017 Can it be?

Craft a pine tube to display a soft and snow filled winter scene

13 December 2017 Just hear those sleigh bells jingling

Craft a bark sleigh that will last for weeks.

18 December 2012 So this is Christmas, I hope you had fun…

Capilano Flower Arranging Club Designing for Christmas Workshop: Yule log

27 September 2017 As tendrils tend to do

Curl a wreath with tendrils to create a twig-pumpkin

16 December 2015 Christmas Waves

Twist a Kalanchoe and Ivy vine Christmas tree mobile

2 December 2015 Stacking the odds in your favour

Cover a wire frame for a winter kissing bough.

4 December 2013 Red, Redder, Reddest!

My article and flower girl net basket design featured in the Red!issue of <strong>DIY Weddings Magazine</strong>