Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Bark Gift Bag
Cut a strip of bark into a rectangle.
Mark a second sheet of bark to exactly match the first
These pieces that you cut away will be used as the side panels when you assemble the bag
Cut a second rectangle
Draw a small window in the rectangle for the handle
Cut the window out with a sharp knife
Lift the bark away.
Place the two rectangles on top of each other. Smooth side facing in. Draw a window on the second sheet to exactly match the first
Cut the second window out...
... and lift it away
Mark and cut a bottom piece of bark. As wide as the two side panels that you cut away to create the rectangles
My gift bag splits ope in the middle for the flowers and twigs but you can assemble the bag without cutting it open. Just glue all the pieces as is
To split the bag simply cut the rectangles and side pieces in half.
Assembling the bag:
Glue the first half rectangle to the bottom piece
Glue the first bottom side piece to the base.
Overlap the sides neatly
Glue the other bottom side piece to the base
And glue the leftover piece completing the bottom of the bag
Set the bag flat on the base to stand upright
Glue the first side piece to the top half
Glue the other side to the top half
Glue the other top half
Ready to fill the gap
I used four bamboo sticks as temporary spacers
Glue the spacers in the four corners opf the bottom of the bag
These will neatly keep the two pieces apart while you design
Glue the top half on to the bamboo spacers
Glue in hazel twigs. Make sure each twig makes contact with both the top and the bottom of the bark bag
Add twigs to all four sides
Drape a few twigs to hang outside the bag shape
Carefully remove all four bamboo spacers
Bark bag ready to design with
This is my article that I wrote for the Mother's Day Design Issue of Canadian Florist Magazine
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