Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Cranberry snow glow lantern
Place an upturned round bowl on your working surface.
Frost a bowl of cranberries with egg and sugar and let it set completely.
If you are unsure of how to frost fruits and flowers with sugar see the Tutorial below. I also have a tip or two on preparing the berries for a longer lasting display in my notification email this week. I send out the email every Wednesday morning to let you know the moment the new design is ready to view. I also add a tip each week that I think you would find interesting to the email so that we can discuss it if you have comments or questions. The sign up is below this post. Join in, I would love to meet you.
Start to glue the berries to each other
Be careful not to glue the berries to the bowl so that it is easy to remove.
Glue the berries around the first berry to create a neat base.
This is fairly straightforward to do. The only thing to be mindful of is to glue each berry at, at least three places. This way the berry ball is secure and less likely to break.
Follow the shape of the ball and add berries to the base.
To make it easier to check that no berries are stuck to the bowl spin the berries around as you glue rather than twisting the bowl to add the next berry.
Make sure the berries move as a unit at all times. If you discover a berry that is not yet secure add a bit more glue or settle it in place by adding more berries around it.
Cover the entire bowl with berries. Make sure it is really secure. This half of the ball will carry the weight and it is best to overdo it on the glue so that it won't collapse.
Lift the berries from the bowl and set it aside.
Start with the other half of the bowl.
This time leaving a few gaps between the berries for the light to shine through.
Stop short of covering the entire bowl shape with berries to leave a gap for a twig band all around.
Glue in twigs to extend between and over the berries.
With twigs all the way around. Carefully lift the cranberry shape from the bowl.
Set a display container on your design surface. For this design I fluffed cotton to create a snow bed for my cranberry ball. See the detailed Tutorial below.
Set the first cranberry ball half on the display container.
Roll the fairy lights into a ball and place it in the cranberry bowl. Place the battery so that it is easy to switch the lantern on or off, somewhere at the back.
Carefully place the two halves to shape a perfect ball.
So that the best side is displayed to the front and the light switch is still at the back.
Book readers: for a summer version of this how about the design on page 171? It would look really cute with fairy lights inside!
For more information about my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman
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