My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Glued Hydrangea Float

Draw a circle on paper.

Draw a circle on paper.

Cover the circle with plastic.

Cover the circle with plastic.

This makes it easier to lift the delicate floral float in case some glue sticks to the surface, it would be stuck to the plastic and can be peeled away.

This makes it easier to lift the delicate floral float in case some glue sticks to the surface, it would be stuck to the plastic and can be peeled away.

Fill a shallow container with water.

Fill a shallow container with water.

Snip the florets from a hydrangea mop head.  Make sure you cut the stems as long as possible.  Place the florets on the line.

Snip the florets from a hydrangea mop head. Make sure you cut the stems as long as possible. Place the florets on the line.

As you build up the wreath make sure you glue each floret at, at least 3 places to another floret.

As you build up the wreath make sure you glue each floret at, at least 3 places to another floret.

Snuggle the floret into the one before.  Try to glue any place the petals overlap.  Also try to make the connection as high as possible so that it will not come unglued when resting in the water.

Snuggle the floret into the one before. Try to glue any place the petals overlap. Also try to make the connection as high as possible so that it will not come unglued when resting in the water.

Place the florets with their stems facing down and as deep as possible so that it will rest in the water to hydrate the flower.

Place the florets with their stems facing down and as deep as possible so that it will rest in the water to hydrate the flower.

Lift the hydrangea wreath and gently wiggle it.  Glue down any florets that are not secure.

Lift the hydrangea wreath and gently wiggle it. Glue down any florets that are not secure.

Glue in sweet pea tendrils and connect the wreath ends.

Glue in sweet pea tendrils and connect the wreath ends.

Gently lift the hydrangea wreath from the plastic

Gently lift the hydrangea wreath from the plastic

Set the hydrangea wreath on the water to float in the shallow container.

Set the hydrangea wreath on the water to float in the shallow container.

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Tutorials

30 August 2011 Removing Oasis Floral Adhesive glue spills

The finish of every design should be flawless. Make sure there are no bits of glue visible in your design by carefully removing all traces of spills.

3 January 2012 Bubble raft to float flowers

Flowers naturally float in water. They just don’t always naturally float on water. For that they sometimes need a bit of help.

22 September 2012 Stiffen and set skeletonized leaves into a whirl

Skeletonized leaves can be shaped while wet to create shapes

22 September 2012 Stir-stick Sunburst

Glue a radiating armature from stir-sticks.

15 July 2015 Floating transparent ripples to support delicate floral material

Cut circles out of transparencies to make ripples in the water

11 April 2018 Pick up any bits of plant material floating in the water

Use a wet brush to lift any tiny bits of plant material floating on and in the water to keep your container clear.

Favourite Flowers

Hydrangea

Hydrangea, when cultivated as a cut flower rather as a plant it is often revered to as Hortensia

Lathyrus

Sweet pea

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