Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Dowel ring flower holder for the most delicate of stems
Mark three 2 cm slices on a Dowel stick.
Cut the slices with a wood saw. It is more accurate to mark off the first slice, and then cut it before marking off the next slice.
Drill a hole in the middle of the Dowel slice. I used a hole saw drill attachment.
I wanted three Dowel slices for my design but it is so quick and easy that it is tempting to make more
Set the Dowel slice on its side. It will naturally roll and balance on one spot. Mark this spot as the bottom of the Dowel slice. On the side opposite to this balance point, drill a small hole through the Dowel to the middle.
The slices are now ready to add the water source for the flowering stems
I make tiny "test tubes" from drinking straws. See the Tutorial below for instructions on how to make those.
Sand down the slice with an emery board or fine sanding paper to remove the marker and saw stains and to smooth the wood
Slip the tiny drinking straw into the hole
Wiggle the straw to go through the wood and be visible in the hole.
Press in the other straw water sources
Place the Dowel slices on a display tray or piece of wood. Fill the straws with water and add the flower material
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