My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Sparkling Eucalyptus Tabletop Christmas tree

Roll a large sheet of thin cardboard into a sharp cone shape

Roll a large sheet of thin cardboard into a sharp cone shape

Secure the cone with tape

Secure the cone with tape.

Cut the wide open end of the cone flat

Cut the wide open end of the cone flat.

Fit the cone on a display container

Fit the cone on a display container.

Cover the display container with plastic to catch drips of glue

Cover the display container with plastic to catch drips of glue.

Rip up silver tissue paper

Rip up silver tissue paper.

Thin wood glue with warm water.

Thin wood glue with warm water.

This is to create a base layer for the cone shaped tree. For a more detailed instructions on using Papier Mache see the Tutorial below.

Paint the cardboard cone with thinned glue and smooth on the tissue paper

Paint the cardboard cone with thinned glue and smooth on the tissue paper.

Cover the entire shape with glue and paper

Cover the entire shape with glue and paper.

Set the cone shape aside to dry for about 20 minutes

Set the cone shape aside to dry for about 20 minutes.

You can craft any base colour for your design. We craft a base colour because as the dried leaves are shriveled and curl leaving gaps for small bits of the base colour to peek through. The glue also dries making the shape become stronger and sturdier to carry the weight of the plant material.

Cut the Eucalyptus leaves from the twigs leaving the stem on the leaves.

Cut the Eucalyptus leaves from the twigs leaving the stem on the leaves. I used dried leaves so that I can follow their natural shape to craft the tree.

Glue the leaves to the cone shape

Glue the leaves to the cone shape. I glued mine stem side out for extra visual interest.

Glue leaves around the cone shape

Glue leaves around the cone shape.

Overlap the leaves slightly

Overlap the leaves slightly in a roof tile pattern.

Once done with the first row start a second row of leaves.

Once done with the first row start a second row of leaves.

Place the leaves so that they curve up slightly to avoid it looking like it is droopy

Place the leaves so that they curve up slightly so that the tree looks vibrant and not like it is wilting.

Cover the cone shape

Cover the cone shape, row by row.

All the way to the top

All the way to the top.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to remove hot glue strands.

Remove the glue strands

Once the glue strands are removed the cone armature is ready to design with.

Glue in some sparkling snowflake crystals

Glue in some sparkling snowflake crystals.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on an easy way to glue in crystals.

Glue in some seeded Eucalyptus

Glue in some seeded Eucalyptus.

Finish the design by adding a few winter twigs to break up the roof tile pattern of the leaves

Finish the design by adding a few winter twigs to break up the too neat roof tile pattern of the leaves.

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.

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