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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Papier Mache pumpkin half

Cover the basic shape with cling wrap.

Cover the basic shape with cling wrap. You can use a bowl or a balloon. For my design I used a large pumpkin.

Pour out wood glue into a bowl and thin it with warm water to the consistency of cream

Pour out wood glue into a bowl and thin it with warm water to the consistency of cream

Place strips of tissue paper on the shape and paint with the wood glue

Place strips of tissue paper on the shape and paint with the wood glue

I placed about 3 layers of tissue paper on the pumpkin shape before setting it aside to dry.

I placed about 3 layers of tissue paper on the pumpkin shape before setting it aside to dry.

Cut the paper from the pumpkin

I wanted my shape to taper in slightly at the opening so I glued the paper slightly lower over the pumpkin. If you do not want to cut the shape make sure to only glue to the point where the shape is at its widest to simply lift it off. But keep in mind, it is more difficult to taper the shape once removed from the mold than what it is to simply cut a slit in the paper and glue it back together.

Slip your hand between the wrap and the paper and wiggle it from the shape.

Slip your hand between the wrap and the paper and wiggle it from the shape.

Lift the paper from the pumpkin

Lift the paper from the pumpkin

Clip the split ends back together

Clip the split ends back together

Glue the slit closed with a few strips of tissue paper and wood glue

Glue the slit closed with a few strips of tissue paper and wood glue...

both on the outside and the inside

... both on the outside and the inside. Set aside to dry.

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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...

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.

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

Favourite Flowers

Dracaena sanderiana

Lucky Bamboo, Ribbon Dracaena, Belgian Evergreen, Ribbon Plant

Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid

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.

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.

18 September 2012 Tying the knot and loosening those curls

Romantic rose centerpiece with just a bit of an edge featured in the DIY Wedding Magazine

11 November 2012 Leaves by Hundreds came

A rosette of fall leaves to celebrate the beauty of autumn

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