My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Long lasting bark and Kalanchoe sleigh

Draw your sleigh out on a sheet of bark

Draw your sleigh out on a sheet of bark

Cut out the pattern

Cut out the pattern

Keep it simple so that it is easy to glue

Keep it simple so that it is easy to glue. You can add delicate details later with vines and flowers.

Bark Texture

Bark has a flaky side and a smooth side, so make sure the sides are mirror images to match the textures on all sides.

Make sure the sides are mirror images

Unless of course you want to add texture by alternating the sides.

Glue a long strip to create the floor

With hot glue, glue a long strip to create the floor, front and back of the sleigh

Follow the curves of the side patterns

Follow the curves of the side patterns

Glue in a seat

Glue in a seat

Make sure the glue is secure before decorating

Make sure the glue is secure before decorating

Cut two sections of a vine wreath for the skids

Cut two sections of a vine wreath for the skids

Secure the vine with decorative wire in bundles

Secure the vine with decorative wire in bundles

Connect the skids with two twigs

Connect the skids with two twigs

Craft cross bars for the skids out of wire

Craft cross bars for the skids out of wire

Glue the sleigh to the skids

Glue the sleigh to the skids

Paint all the exposed wire with wood glue

Paint all the exposed wire and glue bits with wood glue

Sprinkle with artificial snow

Sprinkle with artificial snow

Glue vines to follow the curves of the sleigh

Glue in vines to follow the curves of the sleigh

Add vines to the skids

Add vines to the skids

If the vines snap when you curve it soak it in warm water for a few hours

If the vines snap when you curve it soak it in warm water for a few hours

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to manipulate twigs

Add more artificial snow where needed

Add more artificial snow where needed

Use floral glue to glue in the Kalanchoe flowers

Use floral glue to glue in the Kalanchoe flowers

Add in a few silver bells

Add in a few silver bells...

... a bit more snow and a few more vines

... a bit more snow and a few more vines

Design note: The Kalanchoe flowers remain pretty for a few weeks so it is well worth the effort.

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.

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Kalanchoe

Christmas Kalanchoe, Kalanchöe or Kalanchoë