Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
… any day now
Our Thanksgivings (in Canada… that is) are given
The leaves have all blown away and the twigs are ready to be frosted.
And the Halloweens are Halloweened, I ween
From wrapping yourself up in a warm scarf to wrapping up a warm Festive wish
From dancing a happy dance for all things fall to watching out for the first snowfall
From picking the pumpkin to picking the tree.
… to drinking warm cocoa… to… well… okay bad example... drinking cocoa is a year round thing for me but even that starts feeling a little more Festive this time of the year.
Don’t you just hate short cuts?<br> ... because the longer your design elements will last the more effort it will take for you to make them look vibrant again.
I use edible mushrooms in my designs. To preserve them I press a tiny stake into the base and let them air-dry.
Use all three methods to dry hydrangeas to get three very different textures to use in design work.
When you glue a structure with hot glue there are always a few stray strands of glue stuck all over the design. Blow it away with a hairdryer.
Hang a twig and wood mobile at your weeding as a direction board
Create a sturdy platform from bark to design an entire forest floor on a single foxtail fern frond
Glue bark to a Papier Maché and wire frame to create a pod shaped armature
The most delicate of stems often disappear in a design. this is an easy way to display really delicate flowering stems without overwhelming them
Butterfly hair clips are the perfect little claws to help you hold tiny items in place while you wait for glue to dry
A quick and easy way to make a cardboard cake stand
Cover a Styrofoam shape with bark to create a bowl for a potted design
My article and wedding direction board design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine
My bark bowl design and tutorial featured in the Centrepiece Wedding Magazine
Sometimes you find such a beautiful plant that you just can't bring yourself to cut it. This design explores using the entire plant, pot and all, in a design
Glue bark to a wire frame to create a Christmas stocking armature
This was my second two designs for my It's High Time for Tea Floral Craft and Art Demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging Club meeting.