Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Bark and Cotton Candy Cane
Tape a few cardboard rolls together to create a basic candy cane shape
Draw out the lines on the candy cane
Tape a guide line with painters tape
I wanted my line to be slightly thicker so I taped a strip on both sides of the guide line
Cardboard candy cane ready to cover
Chip away some bark with a sharp knife from a piece of wood
Start to glue the wood chips to the candy cane
Move around the following the cane shape
Following the growth direction of the cane
Around and up the top curve
Remove the painters tape
Pull out the fluffy cotton from the pod
See the Tutorial below for more information how to mat cotton and wool into felt
Mat (or tangle) the fluff to create long strands of cotton by placing it on a flat surface and rubbing the fibres to tangle
I loved the look of the seeds in the cotton but you can remove it for a smoother fluffy part
Glue the cotton fluff to cover the open candy cane strip
Place a cotton pod in the top cavity
Place a pod in the bottom cavity to close that as well
Softly smooth the cotton down again so that it follows the shape closely.
Cotton and bark candy cane
Glue in a few air-plants
See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how I cover the ends of the air-plants with cotton
Add in baubles and wire spirals. And add a few drinking straw test tubes to keep the roses hydrated (see the Tutorial below)
How to tangle wool into felt and make pebbles, felt strips and test tube covers
When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.
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