Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Magnetic Floral Corsage inside a lily pod-bud
Spritz a cloth with a fine misting of water. This keeps the flower from dehydrating while you design.
Inspect the bud to find the perfect petal to cut away. The sepals look like petals but it protects the flower before opening.
Cut the stem short and seal the wound with a small drop of flower glue.
Cut into the flower bud with a sharp knife.
Lift away the petal.
Remove the petal cleanly without bruising or damaging the flower bud.
Pick out the stamens.
Fold the petals in to create a cavity in the bud.
The hollow flower bud is now ready to design with.
Slip the BoutStix Floral Magnet into the hollow flower bud.
I placed the magnet over the double layer of petals so that the strong magnet wont rip through the flower when attached. You can place the petal that you cut away over the magnet to conceal it but it is not necessary if you fill the cavity with floral details.
Glue in the flower details.
Book readers note: Turn to page 303 for a secret water source inspiration.
Add in tendrils and pods and lichen. Make sure it is securely glued in place.
Instead of a ribbon I finished the design with a half bow of grass. See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to rip grass.
Finish the design with frosted crystals. See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to add crystals to a delicate design.
Sometimes you want to keep flowers in tight bud for as long as possible to suit your design
Most of the time I would gently tug the pollen covered stamens away the moment it becomes yellow and messy. But the Gloriosa looks rather pretty with the stamens on, so I fix it...
I love these little Boutstix corsage magnets! They are strong enough to hold flowers neatly in place.
For a natural alternative to ribbon or string... add a ripped grass bow.
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.
It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.
Fold open a lily bud to conceal a clever little BoutStix floral magnet for an unusual corsage.
21 ideas for how and where to attach corsages using Floral Magnets. For more detailed instructions on how to make these corsages see my video: Crafting Corsages in 3 ways with...
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Loosely weave grass to create a decorative grid keeping flowers in place over a square container.