My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Stacked Table-Top Twig Heart

Draw a heart shape to use as a template

Draw a heart shape to use as a template

Cut out the heart shape

Cut out the heart shape

Place the heart shape template on a flat display surface

Place the heart shape template on a flat display surface

See the detailed Tutorial below for instructions on how to make test tubes from drinking straws. For this design I glued the cut straws straight onto the display surface. To remove the straws once the flowers are wilted soak the platter in warm soapy water. The straws will easily come loose

Seal the cut straw with hot glue

Seal the cut straw piece with hot glue

And place it on the outside of the heart shaped template

And place it on the outside of the heart shaped template

Continue to place straws following the template

Continue to place straws following the template

Each straw slightly apart from the one placed before

Each straw slightly apart from the one placed before

Follow the heart shaped template leaving spaces to create a decorative pattern

Follow the heart shaped template leaving spaces to create a decorative pattern

Remove the paper template

Remove the paper template

I make a simple tube and syringe to fill the drinking straws with water. See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions

Test each tube to make sure it is sealed

Test each drinking straw tube to make sure it is sealed. Place the plastic tube in the drinking straw

And slowly fill it with water

And slowly fill it with water

Carefully inspect the drinking straws for puddles of water.

Carefully inspect the drinking straws for puddles where water is leaking out. Remove the straw and seal with glue before replacing it

Once the surface remain completely dry all the drinking straw tubes are ready to use

Once the surface remain completely dry all the drinking straw tubes are ready to use

Stack and glue thin twigs to follow the heart shape

Stack and glue thin twigs to follow the heart shape

Glue in small clumps of moss

Glue in small clumps of moss

Follow the heart shape but make sure the drinking straw tubes remain exposed

Follow the heart shape but make sure the drinking straw tubes remain exposed so that the flowers will fit snugly

Build up the heart shape

Build up the heart shape one tiny twig at a time

All the way around the heart template

All the way around the heart template

Make sure the twigs are just placed in such a way that it will support the orchids

Make sure the twigs are just placed in such a way that it will support the orchids

Place the flowers in the drinking straw tubes

Place the flowers in the drinking straw tubes

Glue in a few more pieces of moss

Glue in a few more pieces of moss

And sprinkle with wit artificial snow

And sprinkle with artificial snow

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Tutorials

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.

3 January 2011 Syringe with tube

Easy way to fill test tubes and easiest way to remove water from a vase

25 August 2011 Placing orchids in test tubes

Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.

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