Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Roof-tile pumpkin from dried physalis pods
- 9 November 2022
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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.
For my design I am using dried lanterns...
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... more specifically those lanterns that have folds or imperfections.
Pour out wood glue into a bowl.
Thin the glue with warm water.
Mix the glue well.
Cut the pod open to remove the berry...
Cut the husk into strips.
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.
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Place husks all around the pumpkin stem end...
And then start the next row just below that.
Continue to craft the pumpkin building up row after row.
Overlapping and smoothing down the husks as you go around.
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 slit into the twig with a sharp knife.
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.
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 Phalaenopsis orchids into water tubes and arrange them around the stem end opening.
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...
... and finish the design with a few shiny dew drop crystals.
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Cut the sepal from the fruit
Glue thin tissue paper layers to a pumpkin to create a shape to design with
Glue newsprint paper to balloons to make large egg shaped containers to design in
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...
Turn the leaf so that the muted underside faces outward to create a more understated Autumn colour scheme .
Cover a Styrofoam shape with bark to create a bowl for a potted design
Glue bark to a Papier Maché and wire frame to create a pod shaped armature
Cover a mask shape with moss and succulents for a long wearing mask
Craft an ethereal Christmas tree from Eucalyptus leaves, twigs and sparkling snow flake crystals.
Cover Styrofoam with leaf snippets to create a gift box design
A physalis husk pumpkin to celebrate the last bright rays of Autumn.
This orchid developed at the very end of a long stem... right as the rest of the flowers started to die back so I made a special armature to display the cut stem.
Give a loosely woven wreath legs to stand on to hover lightly around a pumpkin
For a softer autumn leaf pod turn the leaves so that the bright side faces in when making the pod.
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
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.