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MAKING FLORAL ACCESSORIE­S

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1. Floral bracelet or crown

HOW TO MAKE Cut a piece of florist’s binding wire long enough to go around your wrist or head. Cut all flowers and foliage to 5cm, then make a small hook at each end of the wire, cover it with florist tape and start adding and taping stems along the whole length. Attach ribbon at each end. I made a short half-moon head piece, but try a longer length for a full flower crown.

2. Floral buttonhole

HOW TO MAKE For this project, I used 8cm sprigs each of pittosporu­m, blackthorn blossom and grape hyacinth. Simply make a tiny posy and tie together with green florist tape. As you stretch the tape, it becomes adhesive and will stick to itself, holding the blooms securely in place.

3. Muscari necklace

HOW TO MAKE Cut a piece of wire long enough to go around the neck of a toy or person. Cut the stems of the grape hyacinths very short and prepare some small leaves – I used the leaves of Eucalyptus cinerea. Thread them onto the wire, alternatin­g flowers and leaves. Secure the necklace by twisting the wire ends together or by attaching florist tape as before.

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