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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Muted Side Up Autumn Leaf Pod

For this design I made a papier mache pumpkin half. See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions.

Look carefully at the autumn leaf

Look carefully at the autumn leaf. The front is vivid and brightly coloured...

Turn the leaf so that the muted underside faces outward to create a more understated Autumn colour scheme .

... turn the leaf over so that the muted underside faces outward to create a more understated Autumn colour scheme.

I wanted my outside leaf pattern to have all the stems pointing down but not in a perfect roof tile effect so I started placing leaves at the stem end and moved out and upwards.

Glue the leaves around the stem of the paper pumpkin-pod

Glue the leaves around the stem of the paper pumpkin-pod

Add leaves down and around the paper shape

Add leaves down and around the paper shape.

Extend the leaves over the paper rim

Extend the leaves over the paper rim

Add a few leaves to break up the neat pattern

Because the inside is more random I added a few leaves on the outside to break up the neat pattern so that the design look more natural than crafted, with just a touch of contrast between the two.

Set the shape aside to dry slightly

Set the shape aside to dry slightly. The leaves will shrink as it dries. Fill in any visible gaps by adding fresh leaves.

Flip the paper pod over to work on the inside

Flip the paper pod over to work on the inside

Place a line of floral glue on the leaf

Place a line of floral glue on the leaf. This is the side that will be facing down.

Cup the leaf gently and glue just the line to the paper

Cup the leaf gently and glue just the line to the paper. It is important that both ends of the leaf should have no glue on it.

Place the second leaf just under the first

Place the second leaf just under the one end of the first leaf.

Place the next leaf so that it props up the first two

Place the next leaf so that it props up the first two

Continue adding leaves

Continue adding leaves, tucking each leaf slightly under the one next to it so that it props it up.

Add leaves at a completely random pattern letting the stem ends extend

Add leaves at a completely random pattern letting the stem ends extend

Glue the leaves tightly so that no paper will show when it shrinks as it dries

Glue the leaves tightly so that no paper will show when it shrinks as it dries

Fill the entire inside of the shape with leaves

Fill the entire inside of the shape with leaves

Add a few leaves to look like the are resting lightly on the edge.

Add a few leaves to look like the are resting lightly on the edge.

Add a few twigs

Place a few water tubes to nestle in the leaves and fill. Add a few twigs, tiny leaves...

and white roots to bring out the white of the orchids

... and just white roots to bring out the white of the orchids

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on growing roots for your design

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Tutorials

2 June 2011 Papier Mache

I save all the thin tissue paper or un-printed newsprint papers that are wrapped around the flowers that are delivered to me to make batches of Papier Mache with. These sheets...

18 October 2017 Papier Mache pumpkin half

Glue thin tissue paper layers to a pumpkin to create a shape to design with

18 October 2017 Dracaena Roots

Grow Dracaena plants in water for the roots

11 January 2017 Potted bark pod for a flowering plant

Cover a Styrofoam shape with bark to create a bowl for a potted design

7 April 2012 Just Hatched Papier Mache Easter Eggs

Glue newsprint paper to balloons to make large egg shaped containers to design in

15 March 2012 Paper log stack

I made this log stack from cardboard covered with bark

19 August 2015 Bark pod for growing a Pearl Oyster mushroom mini farm

Glue bark to a Papier Maché and wire frame to create a pod shaped armature

10 July 2012 Bark covered heart

Cover cardboard with bark to create a heart shaped log

11 November 2012 Autumn Leaf Rosette

Great way to use all the autumn leaves you collect on walks during the season. Slowly build up the leaf rosette and let the leaves dry before adding a few more.

25 August 2011 Placing orchids in test tubes

Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.

30 October 2013 Spiked Autumn leaf cauldron

Pike a few (hundred!) autumn leaves to build up a hollow leaf armature

17 September 2014 Bark Bowl

Glue bark onto a bowl to create a dome shape

18 November 2015 Autumn leaf and decorative tissue paper gift bag

A gift bag that dries beautifully

12 November 2014 Skeleton leaf bowl

Stiffen some skeletonize leaves into a lacy fine floral bowl

5 November 2014 Acorn inspired Autumn leaf armature

Dry fall leaves to create a ball shape structure

Related Designs

18 October 2017 On the inside

For a softer autumn leaf pod turn the leaves so that the bright side faces in when making the pod.

9 October 2019 With a thankful twist in the middle

Fold and thread an autumn leaf armature for a thankful Thanksgiving design

5 January 2011 Protea Composite

To create this huge Protea I took apart nine Protea flower heads and glued the tepals and bracts back on to a polystyrene ball to create a large Protea composite flower that is...

11 January 2017 As special as an almost never find

Sometimes you find such a beautiful plant that you just can't bring yourself to cut it. This design explores using the entire plant, pot and all, in a design

7 April 2012 Spring Clean

A clean Easter design. The tiny blossoms are Kalanchoe 'Calandiva Pink'. Tucked low in the paper eggs are a few Cymbidium orchids and the twigs are contorted hazel. The...

19 August 2015 Growth Medium

Design a bark and moss pod for a mushroom mini farm

10 July 2012 Sticktoitness

Glue a heart shaped design made from bark and wood.

11 November 2012 Leaves by Hundreds came

A rosette of fall leaves to celebrate the beauty of autumn

30 October 2013 As the leaves melt away

Spike a few hundred fall leaves to create a cauldron for Halloween flowers

17 September 2014 Still

My bark bowl design and tutorial featured in the <strong>Centrepiece Wedding Magazine</strong>

18 November 2015 Autumn is a mosaic of them all

Easy to assemble fall leaf and tissue paper gift bag

19 November 2014 Forest Floor

Glue a autumn leaf rosette armature

12 November 2014 The Thing Is

Use a glue mixture to shape skeleton leaves into a lacy bowl

5 November 2014 All In One

dry autumn leaves into an acorn shape