Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Sun baked Sweetpea vine wreath
Draw two circles on a sturdy cardboard sheet.
Cut the cardboard
This will be the guiding shape of the wreath
Cut some sun baked sweet pea vines.
Remove any leaves and dried petals and damaged pods
Start to wrap the vine around the cardboard by bending it over the edge. Be careful not to break the fragile stem
For more detailed instructions on how to bend and manipulate stems see the Tutorial below
Secure the stem by wrapping the vine over the stem end
Wrap the stem around the cardboard following the shape.
Add another stem by hooking it under the previous stem and continue to wrap
Add more stems to cover to create a sturdy wreath
Set the wreath out to dry completly in the sun
Design note: I wanted my wreath to be pale in colour. If you want to preserve the green of the stems do not place it in the sun to dry.
To remove the cardboard soak the wreath in a warm water bath
The cardboard will become soggy making it easy to rip away
Move around the wreath and rip out the soggy cardboard
Carefully lift the wreath from the water and set aside to dry out
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