My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Skeleton eyeball blossoms

Place Styrofoam on a working surface

Place a length of Styrofoam on a working surface

Soak hydrangea florets

Cut the florets into petals. Soak a few skeleton hydrangea petals in bleach. Keep an eye on it though if it is soaked for too long it simply melts away.

Cut wire at a sharp angle

Cut wire at a sharp angle

You will need two wires per blossom

You will need two wires per blossom. Place it with the sharp ends pointing up.

Combine the wires by twisting it

Combine the wires by twisting it, leaving a dramatic "v" at the sharp ends.

Cut some seeded Eucalyptus

Cut some seeded Eucalyptus. You will need two cones per blossom.

Pierce the cone with the sharp end of the wire

Pierce the cone with the sharp end of the wire. Add another Eucalyptus cone to the other end.

Place the wire in the Styrofoam.

Place the wire in the Styrofoam so that it stands up making it easier to finish the blossom.

Finish all the wires

Finish all the wires.

Lift the hydrangea from the bleach

Lift the hydrangea from the bleach.

Place the petals on a plastic lined working surface

Place the petals on a plastic lined working surface. Blot with a paper towel and carefully lift once dry.

Glue four petals to a wire

Glue four petals to a wire

Gently cup the petals between your fingers to shape while the glue set

Gently cup the petals between your fingers to shape while the glue set.

Add petals to all the wires

Add petals to all the wires. I found it easiest to work on the front most one and then swap it with the back most one so that I don't accidentally bump into the fragile petals.

Shape the wire eyeballs with pliers

Give each blossom some personality by shaping the wire with the Eucalyptus eyeballs with pliers.

Simply bend and curve it at a curious angle

Simply bend and curve it at a curious angle.

Paint a white dot on each eyeball

Paint a white dot on each eyeball...

Then add a black dot

Then add a black dot. Again think of the personality of each blossom. If you curved the wire in a certain way make the focus of the eyeball follow it. This is important for placement in the design.

Each blossom now have a character

Each blossom now have a character... even this slightly quirky one over here.

Wrap the wire in florist tape

Wrap the wire in florist tape.

Wrap two long wires with tape

Wrap two long wires with tape, one as a stem and the other...

To shape into tendrils

... to shape into tendrils.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to shape wire tendrils.

Carefully tape the tendrils and blossoms to the stem wire

Carefully tape the tendrils and blossoms to the stem wire

Shape the stem wire and add to the design

Shape the stem wire and add to the design. With the pliers gently twist each eyeball blossom to look at something of interest. Place some drinking straw water tubes (Tutorial below) in some places for the blossoms to stare at.

It is important if you add something in your design that it should look perfectly happy there. Make them chat or even better admire the flowers.

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Tutorials

26 August 2015 Skeleton Hydrangeas

Make skeleton petals from hydrangeas to create blossoms

26 August 2015 Skeleton Hydrangea Petal Blossoms

Use the skeleton petals of hydrangeas to create blossoms

22 September 2012 Skeleton Leaves

Remove the pulp from leaves so that only the vain framework remain

26 July 2011 Wire Tendrils

Curl the wire at irregular intervals to create a natural wire tendril similar to that of a passion fruit plant

29 September 2011 Twig and skeleton leaf Stick Insect

Made from dried cherry twigs and a skeleton leaf.

3 September 2014 Skeletonize Physalis Pods

Remove the pulp from the papery pod (sepal) covering the little berry of Chinese lantern plant so that only the vain framework remain

28 February 2011 Paper flowers

You can use any type of paper to make flowers. I use tissue paper, Crêpe paper, cardboard, newsprint and coffee filters (new and used) to make sweet peas, carnations, paper...

12 November 2014 Skeleton leaf bowl

Stiffen some skeletonize leaves into a lacy fine floral bowl

12 June 2013 Spiral rattan and skeleton leaf bee

Spiral curl and knot a rattan bee

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

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

Favourite Flowers

Hydrangea

Hydrangea, when cultivated as a cut flower rather as a plant it is often revered to as Hortensia

Related Designs

25 October 2017 When the pretty eyeballs you back!

Barely there skeleton blossoms with Eucalyptus eyes for my Halloween design... Oh! and a Willow Paddle, which probably should have been the main Tutorial... but... well...

22 September 2012 Turning of the leaves

An Autumn Equinox design that captures the moment before the spectacular colour burst of autumn floats around again

26 August 2015 Bent

Weave a wreath from sweetpea stems and tendrils

4 February 2015 collywobbles!

Fold foliage butterflies

12 November 2014 The Thing Is

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

12 June 2013 Watching that lazy town bee

Spiral curl tiny bees to zoom around fragrant peonies