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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Cardboard base for a roasting-by-an-open-fire fishbowl vase snow globe

… ideal for fresh floral displays because it has a hidden water source that can be refilled and the candle can be switched on and off without disturbing the design.

Trace the opening of a fishbowl vase on a cardboard

Trace the opening of a fishbowl vase on a cardboard

Cut out the cardboard shape

Cut out the cardboard shape.

It should fit neatly on the vase

It should fit neatly on the vase.

Place a rubber seal from a water tube on to the cardboard

Place a rubber seal from a water tube on to the cardboard and set the fishbowl vase over it. Move the seal to the place where it can fit the tallest "tree" inside the vase. Mark the spot.

Trace the outline of a rubber seal of a water tube on to the cardboard

Trace the outline of a rubber seal of a water tube on to the cardboard.

Cut a hole in the cardboard with a sharp knife

Cut a hole in the cardboard with a sharp knife.

Fit a water tube through the hole

Fit a water tube through the hole and secure it with hot glue.

Place a flameless candle next to the tube and trace the outline to mark the position

Place a flameless candle next to the tube and trace the outline to mark the position.

Cut the candle shape out of the cardboard with a sharp knife

Cut the candle shape out of the cardboard with a sharp knife.

Fit the candle

Fit the candle...and...

Test the battery

Test the battery.

Place the bowl over the base to make sure you are happy

Place the bowl over the base to make sure you are happy with the positioning before decorating the globe.

Paint the cardboard with wood glue

Paint the cardboard with wood glue...

And sprinkle it with artificial snow

And sprinkle it with artificial snow.

Set the base aside for the glue to dry completely

Set the base aside for the glue to dry completely.

Place the snow covered cardboard base on a small decorative container

Place the snow covered cardboard base on a small decorative container

If the container is transparent place a bit of snow to hide your mechanics

Design tip: If the container is transparent place a bit of snow to hide your mechanics.

Glue a tiny twig over the small candle

Glue a tiny twig over the small candle to build up the "fire".

Add twigs to support the first

Add twigs to support the first...

Add twigs all around leaving gaps so that you can see the flickering flame

Add twigs all around leaving gaps so that you can see the flickering flame.

Add tiny bits of snow so that it blends in with the rest of the snow globe look of the design

Add tiny bits of snow so that it blends in with the rest of the snow globe look of the design.

If you are unsure of how to add snow to twigs see the Tutorial below.

Measure and cut the fern

for the Christmas tree, measure and cut the Foxtail asparagus fern in the position you glued the water tube.

Strip the bottom most part of the stem

Strip the bottom most part of the stem.

Fill the water tube

Fill the water tube.

For a Tutorial on making this syringe with tube see the section below.

Slip the seal over the fern stem and secure it in the water tube

Slip the seal over the fern stem and secure it in the water tube.

Test the fishbowl vase over the cardboard base to see if the fern is the exact right height

Test the fishbowl vase over the cardboard base to see if the fern is the exact right height

Remember... always cut a little bit longer than what you think you would need. You can always trim it once you place it but if it is too short there is not much to do.

Also I have an entire section in my book on where to cut stem lengths when placing stems in water tubes so that they remain hydrated for as long as possible. Book readers turn to page 188.

Sprinkle a bit of snow over the plastic seal

Sprinkle a bit of snow over the plastic seal to conceal it.

Add some crystals to the tree.

Add some crystals to the tree with a corsage pin. See the Tutorial below for the how and why I do this..

Now normally it is not much of a problem when these crystals drop but in this design every tiny detail counts. So I figured out a way to glue them quickly and securely. It needs a bit of a longer explanation though so I elaborated on this in our weekly notification email. I share a design specific tip every week in my newsletter so that you can ask questions or make a comment while reading. The sign up button is below if you want to join in the conversation.

Decorate the tiny woven gift box.

Decorate the tiny woven gift box to make it look really festive.

See the Tutorial below for the detailed instructions on how to weave a tiny (but real!) giftbox from grass.

And glue the gift into the design

And glue the gift into the design.

Fit the fishbowl vase over the cardboard base

Fit the fishbowl vase over the cardboard base

As a final touch I glued a few twigs around the vase

As a final touch I glued a few snow covered twigs around the vase...

But make sure to only glue the twigs to the fishbowl vase

But make sure to only glue the twigs to the fishbowl vase so that you can easily lift it to top up the water in the water tube and switch the battery candle on and off.

Paint glue on the base of the fishbowl vase

To conceal the vase base, paint glue on the base....

And sprinkle the wet glue with artificial snow

And sprinkle the wet glue with artificial snow.

The wood glue dries completely clear and is easy to remove just by soaking it in warm water. Set it aside to dry.

Once the glue is dry brush away any glue strands and snow with a brush to clean

Once the glue is dry brush away any glue strands and snow with a brush to clean

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Tutorials

16 December 2020 Weave a tiny gift box from grass

Talk about quick and easy! This takes almost no time... the hard part is to find something small enough to put inside... Chocolates... perhaps?

28 December 2016 Adding snow to twigs

Glue artificial snow to twigs

3 January 2011 Syringe with tube

Easy way to fill test tubes and easiest way to remove water from a vase

4 December 2013 Large wax snowflakes

Artificial snow can be very "chemical" and flowers deteriorate quickly when exposed to it. It also dissolves in water. I use candle wax as "snow"

2 December 2015 Silver bell Christmas Greenery kissing ball

Use delicate sprigs of cypress or juniper, fir, pine, eucalyptus, ivy or a combination of them all to create a winter themed kissing bough

10 December 2014 Prickly Pine-needle Square

Create a floral foam cube for a Christmas "gift" table design

12 December 2012 Piled Pine Needle Tabletop Wreath

Use wood glue to make a light as air table top wreath from pine needles

12 December 2012 Eucalyptus Snow Flakes

Glue seeded eucalyptus snow flakes

15 December 2011 Spiral wire support pressed into a candle

The wire spirals are supported on wire sections pressed into the wax

23 December 2015 Barely There Skeleton Leaf Gift Box

Skeleton leaves create a light and ethereal gift box

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