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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Garden Wreath Workshop and Demonstration

Contemporary Wreath Design demonstration as part of the Durbanville Garden Club's annual Garden Festival, Western Cape, South Africa

Garden Workshop

Garden Workshop and Demonstration in the Shuttleworth Gardens in Durbanville

I started the demonstration by showing how to make a traditional wreath on a wire frame using bundles of lavender flowers. Next, I showed how to make a wreath using Oasis Floral Foam in a wreath form using herbs harvested from the garden.

Wreath making demonstration

I then moved on to demonstrate 20 contemporary wreaths. After demonstrating the techniques used I hanged the wreath on willow branches.

I made a rather large paper flower wreath, a moss and red ribbon Christmas wreath, a contemporary African wire wreath, a Chinese inspired wreath using a Lucky knot, a bundled reed wreath with beads and a bell and cinnamon table design wreath with a candle that slowly heats the cinnamon releasing the fragrance.

Succulent pot plant wreath Pyramid

I also demonstrated a pyramid made from 6 vine wreaths with succulents growing in tiny pots for your deck table

Garden Wreath Demonstration and Workshop

and a jingle bell wreath for a garden gate, an unsalted popcorn wreath to feed garden birds and a picture frame wreath for Christmas cards.

Meeting everyone after my Wreath demonstration

And lastly I showed how to make a growing wreath from small daisy cuttings with apple votive candles- perfect decorations for a garden party on a summer evening.

As a Favor each member of the audience received a wreath wire angel and bead kit.

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1 November 2011 Weaving a twig wreath

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...

7 December 2011 Hang a wreath on a door without knocking nails into the door face

I use two methods (or a combination of both) to attach a wreath to a door.

7 December 2011 Glue a forest filigree twig wreath

This wreath is not woven but glued to create a see-through forest filigree

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...

12 August 2012 Twist your own Wire Wreath frame

Make a wire wreath frame with wire and cover it with growth mesium or moss to design on

Related Designs

20 January 2011 The last Vine Wreath

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...

26 August 2015 Bent

Weave a wreath from sweetpea stems and tendrils

21 October 2015 Watch the leaves turn

Roll autumn leaves to create a wreath

30 March 2016 Floral Designs From Around The World

A demonstration presented at Canada Blooms, Toronto, Canada I was invited to share the stage with designers from Bermuda, United Kingdom, France, South Africa, Barbados, United...

4 May 2016 Ring-a-round

Open a vine wreath to create a spiral twig armature around a glass container

19 October 2016 There are Octobers

Autumn wreath

9 November 2016 All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate) floral art demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society

A design demonstration looking at preparing for competition designs: thinking bigger

11 April 2017 Well… we did it again!

Blossoms and chocolates for Easter

27 September 2017 As tendrils tend to do

Curl a wreath with tendrils to create a twig-pumpkin

4 October 2017 Whipped up in the autumn breeze

Give a loosely woven wreath legs to stand on to hover lightly around a pumpkin

23 June 2021 Over Easy

A cooling design to celebrate the summer solstice.

15 September 2021 Blowing this way and that

Craft an arch armature to display those early autumn treasures.

3 November 2021 Coppepeppepepper wreath

Wire dried pepper berries to a wreath with super fancy flat wire (okay... it's the humble wire from a copper pot scrubber but it still looks fancy!)

3 April 2011 Bark Wreath

I needed the wreath to be as light as possible to make sure it would "dance in the rain" on the flexible metal stand.