Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Snowy Pinecone with green tomato berries and Kalanchoe flowers
Bring in the largest pinecone to thoroughly open up as it dries out.
Line your work surface to protect it from the sticky pinecone sap. This sticky xylem and phloem contains nutrients and sugar for the tree and is perfectly harmless... but rather sticky. You can bake the sap away in a warm oven (about 200 degrees Fahrenheit) for up to an hour or soak the cones in diluted vinegar for 30 minutes. If there are no bugs and mildew on the cones you can also craft with it as is.
A bit of stickiness and that wonderful pine smell is part of the Christmas feeling... so I stick to that (see what I did there?)
If you are wondering what is the best way to line your working surface I have a tip for you on page 19 of my book where I show you what I stock up on for my design space.
For more information about my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman
Paint the cone tips with wood glue...
... and sprinkle artificial snow so that it covers the glue.
Hang the cone up to dry.
Glue in a few sticks to drape around the edge of the cone.
And a few more sticks to grow out of the pine cones.
Glue in the Kalanchoe flowers with floral glue. The flowers are cut from succulent plants, need no water source and will magically remain looking this beautiful for about a week longer than you expect it to!
I do have a tip for you for placing the flowers and wanted to explain in more detail so I added it to our weekly notification email. Feel free to reply to the email if you have a comment (or a tip to remove the wax from your hands) or just to say hi. The sign up is below this post.
Next I added a few tiny green tomatoes that I have been treasuring for this design out on my balcony garden.
I just love the star shaped sepal of the berries! Prefect for a natural Christmas details.
Glue the berries into the design, at an angle, so that you can see the sepals
Add a few more twigs to drape over the flowers and the berries.
Hang a few baubles on the twigs...
Drape a few rosary vines around the pinecone...
And finish the design with a pretty bow.
That drapes down the sides of the design so that it looks pretty from all sides as it spins.
This is a convenient way to keep flowers perfectly upright while you wait for glue to dry.
Use delicate sprigs of cypress or juniper, fir, pine, eucalyptus, ivy or a combination of them all to create a winter themed kissing bough
Kalanchoe flowers last weeks without a water source and is the perfect way to dress up a bark and silver bell sleigh
A beautiful pinecone dressed up for Christmas.
Not only will your home smell wonderful while crafting this design you will also have a ethereal and long lasting design to enjoy.
Step up the flip-flop design by decorating it with some long lasting succulent flowers. It might look delicate... but these flowers are robust and long lasting.
A little bit of effort... that will last for weeks design to hang about the whole Festive Season.
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Design Three from my Inspiration Video: Use the same floral ingredients, willow twigs, Lichen, Spanish Moss, Kalanchoe and Gypsophila to make three distinctly different...
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