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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

It’s unreal!

Design 1 of my three week pre-Christmas designing series looking at How to style with artificial plants and branches using quality faux plants and stems.

It's unreal floral art Christmas wreath design

It’s not yet Christmas… but what if it was?

How to use faux branches and stems throughout to style your home

Not yet time for frosted everything… but it could be

Important faux plant tips for designing Christmas decorations

No snowflakes… but maybe if you keep watching...

Learn how to dry brush baubles to create a frosted look

No presents and jingle bells and candy canes… just yet

How to create professional looking designs using artificial plant material

No tangle of ribbon on a snowy night… no baubles and snowballs

Using permanent botanical in flower arrangements

nor…Twinkly glitter things in soft light… well… well okay then

How to give a shop bought artificial wreath a high end designer look

let’s just faux it… for real.

Turn to chapter 273 of my book where I talk about how to craft a floral illusion for loads of tips. I also have an exclusive subscribers only tip this week about placing decorations. Sign up below for the once a week newsletter to receive early access to the new design and the bonus tip.

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13 November 2019 How to dress a shop bought artificial wreath to go from meh to: it looks so real!

Just a few adjustments can transform a boring artificial wreath into a high end looking designer decoration.

13 November 2019 How to fake a blizzard in floral designs

Part of the charm of contemporary designing is adding elements to your work that create a story.

13 November 2019 Turn shop bought baubles into designer frosted snowballs

Brushing a shiny bauble with an almost dry brush with just a bit of paint on turns it into a beautiful almost antique snowball.

13 November 2019 How to use artificial plants or faux plants to create beautiful and long lasting decorations without it looking tacky or... sad.

What if you absolutely HAVE to decorate with faux plants? Here are my guiding rules when it comes to styling with permanent botanicals

28 February 2011 Paper flowers

You can use any type of paper to make flowers. I use tissue paper, Crêpe paper, cardboard, newsprint and coffee filters (new and used) to make sweet peas, carnations, paper...

13 November 2019 A tangle of ribbon instead of a bow for an unusual winter design

I wanted my design to look more "found this way" than "designed this way" so I strategically tangled the ribbon to dangle down the design rather than tie it in a neat bow.

25 November 2015 Winter White Gyp Wreath

A dried wreath in winter white

2 December 2015 Silver bell Christmas Greenery kissing ball

Use delicate sprigs of cypress or juniper, fir, pine, eucalyptus, ivy or a combination of them all to create a winter themed kissing bough

14 December 2016 Bark and Cotton Candy Cane

Cover a cardboard shape in cotton and bark to create a floral armature

2 January 2019 Eucalyptus tinsel garland

Wire seeded Eucalyptus into a long tinsel garland.

24 July 2012 Blow away hot glue strands

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.

28 December 2016 Adding snow to twigs

Glue artificial snow to twigs

27 November 2012 Fluff cotton wool for snow

Cotton balls can be unrolled and fluffed to create long garlands of "snow"

4 December 2013 Large wax snowflakes

Artificial snow can be very "chemical" and flowers deteriorate quickly when exposed to it. It also dissolves in water. I use candle wax as "snow"

13 November 2019 Fluff out and bend wired faux plant material

With just a bit of extra effort you can give an artificial plant a bit of personality

Related Designs

20 November 2019 Not just a pretty face!

Design 2 of my three week pre-Christmas designing series looking at How to style with artificial plants and branches using quality faux plants and stems. This week: wired branches

27 November 2019 The struggle is real!

Design 3 looking at How to style with artificial plants and branches using quality faux plants and stems. This week: mistletoe! And also .. give your faux a reason for being...

25 November 2015 So white

A dried Baby's breath and fresh orchid wreath

2 December 2015 Stacking the odds in your favour

Cover a wire frame for a winter kissing bough.

14 December 2016 A Candy(cane) Cotton Christmas

A floral cotton candy cane

28 December 2016 A Jingle Cotton Christmas

Cover a wreath frame with bark and cotton for a textured Christmas wreath design

2 January 2019 One New Year’s Wish

Wire a sparkling tinsel garland to dress up a single, elegant Arum lily.