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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Rolled up Autumn leaf wreath

Soak yellow tissue paper in thinned wood glue

Soak yellow tissue paper in thinned wood glue

I cover the foam wreath frame with paper to create a barrier for the glue and to give the design a foundation colour that matches the design. See the Tutorial below for more details on how to make Papier Mache

Smooth the tissue paper over the frame

Smooth the tissue paper over the frame

A single layer of paper just to cover the frame.

A single layer of paper just to cover the frame.

Set the frame aside to dry completely

Set the frame aside to dry completely

I used rolled up autumn leaves to cover the frame. See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how I roll the leaves and secure it with its stem

Glue the leave to the frame

Glue the leave to the frame

Continue adding leaves

Continue adding leaves

Move around the frame and glue leaves

Move around the frame and glue leaves

Wiggle a few rolled leaves between the glued ones to create a completly random pattern

Wiggle a few rolled leaves between the glued ones to create a completly random pattern

Let the stems point in all directions

Let the stems point in all directions

Fill in any gaps as you cover the wreath frame

Fill in any gaps as you cover the wreath frame

Set the wreath aside so that the leaves can dry.

Set the wreath aside so that the leaves can dry. The leaves will shrink leaving gaps for the flowers and more fresh leaves.

Blow away the strands of hot glue with a hairdryer. See the Tutorial below.

Fill in the gaps with fresh rolled leaves

Fill in the gaps with fresh rolled leaves

Tuck a few small drinking straw test tubes ( See Tutorial below) deep into the leaves to keep the flowers hydrated and add a few more leaves to create depth.

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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...

21 October 2015 Use the stem of an Autumn leaf to wrap, pin and secure it in a roll

A glue-less way of manipulating leaves

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.

14 August 2012 Peel a Pine cone

It is easier to peel a pine cone from the flat side than to try and break the scales from the top

14 August 2012 Pine scale wreath

Break pine scales from the cone and glue on a wreath frame to create a continuous pine scale wreath

18 September 2013 Autumn leaf ballet slippers from scratch

Pick up a few fall leaves to glue on paper to make fairy slippers

31 March 2011 Bark covered Wreath

Keep in mind that in order to make a realistic looking fantasy design element, such as the wreath, you must focus on how this item would grow in nature.

24 July 2012 Blow away hot glue strands

When you glue a structure with hot glue there are always a few stray strands of glue stuck all over the design. Blow it away with a hairdryer.

6 September 2011 Autumn leaf Composite Flower

Glue a round Autumn leaf Composite Flower.

Favourite Flowers

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum or "mums"

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