My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Stiffen and set skeletonized leaves into a whirl

Skeletonized leaves can be shaped while wet. In the design I used large Magnolia leaves. See the Tutorial below on how to make your own Skeleton Leaves

Place the leaves in a large circle and slightly overlap the sides

Place the leaves in a large circle. This leaf-wreath should overlap slightly at the sides.

Place and bend all the stems to point up.

Gently bend all the stems to point straight up

Dilute a bit of wood glue with strong coffee

Dilute a bit of wood glue with strong coffee. You can also use water based paint.

The wood glue will stiffen the leaves and set the shape. You can also dilute the glue with water because the glue dries clear but because the leaves are so delicate the slightest drop of glue will show. If the glue is brown any drops just disappear in the overall look of the design.

Paint the leaves with the glue.

Paint the leaves with the glue.

Continue painting the leaves all the way around.

Continue painting the leaves all the way around.

Gently bend the top edge of the leaf over.

Gently bend the top edge of the leaf over.

Pin the leaf curve into place

Pin the leaf curve into place.

Fold and pin all the points to bend pointing to the same side

Fold and pin all the points to bend pointing to the same side all around the leaf wreath.

Let the leaf wreath dry completely before removing the pins.

Let the leaf wreath dry completely before removing the pins.

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Tutorials

22 September 2012 Skeleton Leaves

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

Related Designs

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

11 July 2018 Stay-a-Float

Snip florets from a hydrangea mop head to float on water

6 November 2019 Dance lessons from the Autumn leaves

A fun and easy contemporary floral design to display foraged autumn leaves and just a touch of flowers that can easily be replaced.