Crafting with Natural Materials

Crafting with Natural Materials
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Crafting With Natural MaterialsBay leaves dry well, retaining their soft green tones and spiky sculptural form. Use them to transform an ordinary picture frame inexpensively. Just select bay leaves that are of a uniform size, then, using the glue gun, attach them to the frame, stalk end out.

When you dry flowers such a tulips or freesias, place a ball of cotton inside the bowl of each flower. This helps the flower hold its shape while it's drying in silica gel.

To make statice more flexible and easier to arrange, soften it by spraying a small bundle with a little water and sealing it in a plastic bag for about and hour.

Before beginning a dried floral project, use steam from a tea kettle to fluff up the flowers and foliage. Gently wave the flowers or foliage in the steam for a few seconds....being careful not to get them too wet. Allow the steamed items to dry completely before using them. To help extend the life of your dried floral arrangements, steam them every three to six months. Steaming helps clean the flowers too.

Here's an easy way to get a fuller, more natural-looking air-dried rose. Hold your blow dryer a few inches from the flower. Set the dryer on the lowest heat setting, and aim the air directly into the blossom's center. Repeat the blow-drying every few days until the flower holds a fluffed out shape,

When you're working on a floral craft that you plant to hang on the wall, make sure the craft looks good from all angles. Hold the arrangement up to a mirror. The view gives you a different perspective of the project, and it helps you make sure the project has good balance. It also enables you to identify gaps and holes.

The next time you're lacing branches onto a vine ring to make a wreath and you get interrupted, try using a woodworker's spring-type clamp to hold your work in place until you can get back to the project.

After you've finished assembling a dried floral project with a glue gun, use your blow dryer to blow hot air over the project. It will get rid of those glue strings.

Be sure to protect finished floral projects by spraying them with floral sealer spray or clear acrylic crafts spray. Even hair spray will work in a pinch.




About The Author

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Karen Hegre

I feel very fortunate to have met Karen, and to be able to share her wonderful crafts and herbal inspiration with our visitors. She has a gentle soul and contributes not only her words but encouragement as well.

Karen is a Master Gardener specializing in herbs, a mom and grandma. She and her husband have a Backyard Wildlife Habitat, plus 'Fairy Gardens' where the children can learn about different herbs and hear Karen read a story about the Garden Fairies and Flowers. They are open to the public May through September.

Karen owns several discussion lists, which we have listed below with the subscription information. All are free to join and a joy to be a member of!

Karen's Herbal Kitchen: A list for exchanging herbal recipes! Click Here to subscribe.

Nature Crafts: This is a list for those who enjoy crafting with Nature and want to learn more!! We will share projects, learn ways of preserving those natural items and much more. Click Here to subscribe.

Keepers Of the Gardens: This list is a 'learning & sharing' list on how to create beautiful back yard habitats for birds, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other wildlife including bees, dragonflies, frogs, toads & other friendly insects & reptiles. Click Here to subscribe.

Aromatherapy One-0-One: This is a list for learning the basics of Aromatherapy and Essential Oils. A friendly place for questions and ideas... a place where we can learn from each other. Click Here to subscribe.


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