Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Pinecone and delphinium table top tree
Gather a basket full of pine cones. Try to gather the cones on a dry day when the scales are open. If the forest floor is wet, the cones will be closed tightly and you will have to wait a bit for the cones to open up as soon as they dry out.
Roll a large sheet of cardboard into a cone. Secure with hot glue.
Cut the top part of the cone so that it can stand flat
Place the cone on a large working surface
Glue the first pine cone to the paper cone.
Start on the next row of pine cones. Leave large gaps between the cones for the fresh flowers.
Glue in the next row of cones...
... and the next row...
Glue cones all the way down to the bottom
Slip the paper cone over a stemmed vase or place on to a pedestal or cake stand
Glue in tiny test tubes to keep the flowers hydrated. Add a few dangling jingle bells (see Tutorial below)
See Tutorial below on how to make drinking straw test tubes and how to fill them easily
When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.
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