Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
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- 6 December 2017
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The sounds of Christmas 2017:
"Deck the Halls" is a traditional Christmas, yuletide, and New Years' carol. The melody is from a Welsh winter carol (Nos Galan) dating back to the sixteenth century and the English lyrics was written by Thomas Oliphant in 1862.
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Glue curved twig snippets to craft a delicate winter white Christmas tree
The fluffy stuffing found in pillows create beautiful, water repellent tree skirts.
I call this “lace” because I use pins to guide the wire sections together- almost like you do when making lace.
Butterfly hair clips are the perfect little claws to help you hold tiny items in place while you wait for glue to dry
This is an easy and quick way to make sure your table design is the right hight
The wire spirals are supported on wire sections pressed into the wax
Glue gypsophila sticks, flowers and dandelion seeds into a star shape
Wrap vines and twigs around a wire frame to create a decorative woodland chandelier
Cotton balls can be unrolled and fluffed to create long garlands of "snow"
Use wood glue to make a light as air table top wreath from pine needles
When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.
Glue tiny sections of pipe to the bark to fill as a water source for the fresh flower material
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"
Twist ivy vines around a cardboard shape to create a lace fine Christmas tree mobile.
Cover a cardboard shape in cotton and bark to create a floral armature
It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.
Cover a wreath frame with bark strips and fluffed out cotton
Temporarily adhere a traditional Ikebana Kenzan or pincushion to a shallow container.
Craft a bark sleigh that will last for weeks.
A wire Christmas star with a secret plan to hide the twinkle
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...
An easy and naturally fragrant winter white candle decoration to bring nature into your house this Christmas.
For this year's Christmas tree I wired and glued a wild and wintry twig armature... but... these little eucalyptus baubles are just the cutest!
...ok not really that fancy- it’s made from paper pulp. A cardboard box snow mittens… really. In the spirit of 2020- I am inspired by the endless stream of cardboard boxes being...
...ok not really that fancy- it’s paper pulp. Cardboard boxes, really. In the spirit of 2020- I am inspired by the endless stream of cardboard boxes being delivered. My list of...
An easy to do ahead of time winter wonderland themed design for the calm days just after Christmas but before New Years Eve.
This is the fourth of my Christmas 2021 series of designs. This year in the form of a mini workshop… my Christmas present to you. Paint copper to add a beautiful patina to a...
This is the sixth of my Christmas 2021 series of designs. This year in the form of a mini workshop… my Christmas present to you. This week I will show you how to go overboard on...
A twig sleigh... to collect your twig Christmas tree, of course!
This contorted hazel twig reminded me of an ancient and wise bonsai tree. It definitely has a story of its own to tell. I wanted to capture that in my design. All it needed was...
Christmas Flower Trends 2011 starts with a Floral Craft Assignment from the Floral Trends Design Group to make an Earthly Angel garden decoration.
I used wire, fishing line (mono-filament) and Phalaenopsis orchid roots to make a messy lace Christmas stocking and dressed the stocking with frost green Cymbidium orchids
I wanted my Hazel twig wreath to look like forest filigree: mysteriously overgrown, tangled with age and dappled with moss and lichen. The wreath is also dressed with fresh and...
Wire spirals twisted around candles to make small Christmas trees for the Christmas Eve dinner table
Is it better to go Cold Twinkle Turkey and embrace the minimalist living room or rather ease into it?
A sticky shooting star made with gypsophila stems and fluffy dandelion seeds
Weave a wire and twig Christmas chandelier
My article looking at contrasts and 6 winter lantern designs featured in the DIY Wedding Magazine
Capilano Flower Arranging Club Designing for Christmas Workshop: Yule log
Wire a Tiny Twig Treasure Trunk for small Christmas gifts
Glue bark to a wire frame to create a Christmas stocking armature
Cover a wreath frame with bark and cotton for a textured Christmas wreath design