Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Whipped up in the autumn breeze
1 pretty pumpkin, (about as big as you can carry home, maybe a little bigger), with a cheeky sideways stem. The equivalent of about 3 cups solid packed canned Look-at-me-I-am-cute-pumpkiness
1 ½ flaky autumn vine wreath
All purpose autumn happiness, for work surface
2 handful assorted pumpkin spiced coloured chrysanthemums
3 pockets full of freshly picked up acorns (I only had three pockets… note to self: need bigger/more pockets)
Gathered autumn leaves (see above note on pockets)
1 tablespoon sparkling dew drop beads (or to taste)
1 pinch of light sweater weather
1 ½ cups plus 2 tablespoons packed wildly enthusiastic tendrils (dried)
Whipped autumn breeze, for serving
(based on what you will need to make the ultimate classic pumpkin pie)
For this design I wanted my wreath to be light and airy so that it just whips around the solid pumpkin like a breeze.
For my design I wanted the wreath to look wind blown so I added a few loosely woven twigs into the weave. I also wanted to emphasize the autumn colours so I added a twirling...
Snip a dried twig wreath to undo the spirals to hang around a glass container
Reshape a vine wreath into smaller wreaths to combine as a pumpkin
Glued Baby's Breath Wreath, folded in half to create a moon shaped armature
Hanging pumpkins and tiny vases to create a Autumn mobile floral design.
A wreath armature design for early Autumn... this takes the split armature Tutorial I showed you last month a little bit further.
A simple way to keep the plastic mesh the pumpkins are sold in from becoming trash: wrap it around the container as an armature for a quick Fall design. Replace the flowers as...
Create a floral circlet to rest the little pumpkin on... but above the water line.
A hint of a wreath table top design for pre-Halloween decorating.
Craft an arch armature to display those early autumn treasures.
Designing for somewhere not still summer not yet autumn weather...
Oh my... a corn leaf mummy head for autumn... looking ahead to Halloween styling.
A physalis husk pumpkin to celebrate the last bright rays of Autumn.
Keep you fresh plant material hydrated in water... and your dried plant material suspended to keep it from falling into the water.
A floral design snapshot of what it looks like when walking down the streets of Vancouver this week.
Every designer knows how to stretch their supplies. We use and re-use our dried plant material until our fellow designers feel like hiding it from us. I formed such an...
I wove vine wreaths to form a pyramid, one just slightly larger than the next. In the natural cavities between the wreaths I placed the roses and lisianthus in plastic covered...
Contemporary Wreath Design demonstration as part of the Durbanville Garden Club's annual Garden Festival, Western Cape, South Africa
Bright and sunny cymbidium orchids and roses, lilies, lisianthus and pincushions
Weave a wreath to thread a dome for an Autumn leaf design
My article and flower girl net basket design featured in the Red! issue of DIY Weddings Magazine
Open a vine wreath to create a spiral twig armature around a glass container
Celebrate the bright colours of autumn with lilies and Chinese lanterns