Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Winter Solstice Kalanchoe and Berry twig Lantern
Set a display surface down on your design table. It can be a tray or a plate or a shallow vase... or even some wood.
Place a candle in a glass vase and set it on the display container.
Glue a delicate twig to the top and bottom of the container. Scatter a sprinkle of artificial snow around the bottom of the display container to keep it from sticking to the display surface.
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Move around the vase and glue in delicate twigs...
Creating a lantern of twigs for the light to shine through.
Scatter a dusting of snow inside the vase.
And settle the candle on the snow.
Snip some holly berries from the branch...
And glue the berries to the twigs
Glue in a few kalanchoe flowers- the delicate looking flowers are so robust! They will last weeks without a water source, perfect for designs like these.
Place some artificial snow on the twigs.
See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how I do this. And if you are unsure of where to put the snow have a look at section Crafting An Illusion (from page 273 onwards) where I discuss how we create realistic looking floral effects.
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And finish the design with a few dew drop crystals. I place the crystals with a pin. For more detailed instructions on how to place the crystals without disturbing the delicate design details see the Tutorial below.
It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.
Kalanchoe flowers last weeks without a water source and is the perfect way to dress up a bark and silver bell sleigh
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