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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Washi paper (Rakusui) split tube

Washi: Wa means Japanese and shi means paper.

Rakusui Washi is made by dripping water on the paper while it's being made. These sheets were made by hand in South of Japan on Shikoku Island

Cover a cylindrical vase with cling wrap

Cover a cylindrical vase with cling wrap

Rip the Washi paper

Rip the Washi paper into small snippets

It's better to rip the paper than to cut it

It's better to rip the paper than to cut it because you want to preserve the long fiber strands and also hide the water source for the flowers between the loose strands

Thin some white wood glue with warm water

Thin some white wood glue with warm water

Dip the Washi paper in the glue and place it on the vase

Dip the Washi paper in the glue and smooth it on the vase

Create a collar with the white Washi paper

Create a collar with the white Washi paper, dipping into a deep slit in the front of the design

Loosen up the strands around the edge

Loosen up the strands around the edge and add a second layer. Make sure the strands form a pocket between the two layers. These pockets should be just big enough to slip small vials into, completely hiding them from sight

For detailed instructions on how I make these tiny test tubes from drinking straws see the Tutorial below

Start gluing a second row

Start gluing a second row of Washi tape. I used a light green to compliment the pastel colours of the flowers. Overlap the colours to make it transition smoothly

Cover the back of the vase with Washi paper

Cover the back of the vase with Washi paper

Add a second layer of Waski paper

Add a second layer of Waski paper

Follow the shape in the front and cover the remaining space with Washi paper

Follow the shape in the front and cover the remaining space with Washi paper

Set the shape aside to dry completely.

Loosen the paper

Loosen the paper by slipping your hand between the paper and the cling wrap.

Peel the paper from the wrap

Peel the paper from the wrap

Slip the tiny straw test tubes between the top layers of Washi paper

Slip the tiny straw test tubes between the top layers of Washi paper and secure with a small drop of glue.

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Tutorials

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

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

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