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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Roof-tile pumpkin from dried physalis pods

I am crafting my pumpkin around a paper lantern

I am crafting my pumpkin around a paper lantern. This is a great way to repurpose a ripped lantern and keep it from becoming trash.
.. if you do not have a paper lantern you might have a balloon or a round bowl to use instead.

Using a balloon or bowl will add a few extra steps to the Tutorial. It works perfectly well... so it's worth it. I have links for you below the post for Tutorials on how to craft it.

Secure the lantern by hooking in the wire support

Secure the lantern by hooking in the wire support.

For my design I am using dried lanterns

For my design I am using dried lanterns...

Book readers turn to page 116 and 117 for more information and inspiration about designing with Chinese lanterns... they are so gorgeous!
For more information about my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman

More specifically those lanterns that have folds or imperfections

... more specifically those lanterns that have folds or imperfections.

Pour out wood glue into a bowl

Pour out wood glue into a bowl.

Thin the glue with warm water

Thin the glue with warm water.

Mix the glue well

Mix the glue well.

Cut the pod open to remove the berry

Cut the pod open to remove the berry...

Cut the husk into strips

Cut the husk into strips.

Place the husks in the warm water to soak

Place the husks in the warm water to soak. Let it stand for about 10 minutes to become soft and pliable.

Smooth the husk down onto the paper lantern

Smooth the husk down onto the paper lantern.

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Place husks all around the pumpkin stem end

Place husks all around the pumpkin stem end...

And then start the next row just below that

And then start the next row just below that.

Continue to craft the pumpkin building up row after row

Continue to craft the pumpkin building up row after row.

Smoothing down the husks as you go around

Overlapping and smoothing down the husks as you go around.

If you find that the lantern starts to roll because of the heavier plant material and glue place it on a vase to keep it steady

Design tip: If you find that the lantern starts to roll because of the heavier plant material and glue place it on a vase to keep it steady.

Set aside the lantern to dry overnight.

Cut a sturdy twig for the stem end

Cut a sturdy twig for the stem end.

Cut a slit into the twig with a sharp knife

Cut a slit into the twig with a sharp knife.

Slip the slit end over the lantern wire

Slip the slit end over the lantern wire.

If you used an alternative method of crafting the pumpkin cut the stem twig longer and glue it to the inside of the pumpkin.

And secure it to the lantern support wire with hot glue at the exact angle you need

And secure it to the lantern support wire with hot glue at the exact angle you need.

Remove the foliage from a few passion fruit vines leaving the gorgeous tendrils

Remove the foliage from a few passion fruit vines leaving the gorgeous tendrils.

Place the passion fruit vines in water tubes and slip them into the husk pumpkin

Place the passion fruit vines in water tubes and slip them into the husk pumpkin.

Place the Phalaenopsis orchids into water tubes and arrange them around the stem end opening

Place the Phalaenopsis orchids into water tubes and arrange them around the stem end opening.

Drape a few more vines over the the design and secure it by placing the stem ins into water tubes and into the inside of the lantern

Place a few more vines into water tubes and slip the tubes into the lantern next to the flowers. Drape the vines around the pod pumpkin.

Glue a few tiny physalis pods to the vine

Glue a few tiny physalis pods to the vine...

And finish the design with a few shiny dew drop crystals

... and finish the design with a few shiny dew drop crystals.

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Tutorials

8 October 2011 Remove the berry from a Physalis pod without ripping the sepal

Cut the sepal from the fruit

18 October 2017 Papier Mache pumpkin half

Glue thin tissue paper layers to a pumpkin to create a shape to design with

7 April 2012 Just Hatched Papier Mache Easter Eggs

Glue newsprint paper to balloons to make large egg shaped containers to design in

2 June 2011 Papier Mache

I save all the thin tissue paper or un-printed newsprint papers that are wrapped around the flowers that are delivered to me to make batches of Papier Mache with. These sheets...

18 October 2017 Muted Side Up Autumn Leaf Pod

Turn the leaf so that the muted underside faces outward to create a more understated Autumn colour scheme .

11 January 2017 Potted bark pod for a flowering plant

Cover a Styrofoam shape with bark to create a bowl for a potted design

19 August 2015 Bark pod for growing a Pearl Oyster mushroom mini farm

Glue bark to a Papier Maché and wire frame to create a pod shaped armature

6 January 2016 Moss Colombina inspired mask

Cover a mask shape with moss and succulents for a long wearing mask

19 December 2018 Sparkling Eucalyptus Tabletop Christmas tree

Craft an ethereal Christmas tree from Eucalyptus leaves, twigs and sparkling snow flake crystals.

25 December 2013 Leaf snippet gift cube

Cover Styrofoam with leaf snippets to create a gift box design

Favourite Flowers

Physalis

Chinese lantern, cape gooseberry, Peruvian cherry, Inca berry

Passiflora

Granadilla, passionflower, passion vines

Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid

Related Designs

9 November 2022 All Pumpkind Out

A physalis husk pumpkin to celebrate the last bright rays of Autumn.

7 October 2011 Thanksgiving Harvest

Thanksgiving pumpkin with Chinese lanterns and spiral blossoms

4 October 2017 Whipped up in the autumn breeze

Give a loosely woven wreath legs to stand on to hover lightly around a pumpkin

18 October 2017 On the inside

For a softer autumn leaf pod turn the leaves so that the bright side faces in when making the pod.

11 January 2017 As special as an almost never find

Sometimes you find such a beautiful plant that you just can't bring yourself to cut it. This design explores using the entire plant, pot and all, in a design

19 August 2015 Growth Medium

Design a bark and moss pod for a mushroom mini farm

6 January 2016 Hey there

Moss and succulents cover a mask shape to create a woodland inspired mask

19 December 2018 Oh Florist-tree

Craft an Eucalyptus Christmas tree

25 December 2013 A gift for gifting

Christmas gift design

31 October 2017 Mr Twig-or-cheat

An extra Almost-a-Design for Halloween this year

22 January 2013 It's High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with veneer techniques

This was my second two designs for my It's High Time for Tea Floral Craft and Art Demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging Club meeting.