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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

A quick and easy way to Craft a Twig Basket Using Wire Tendrils

Cut a few curved dry twigs from an old wreath

Cut a few curved dry twigs from an old wreath.

If you don't have a wreath at hand but want to make a wreath first to dry there is a Tutorial for you below this post.

Cover wire with florist tape

Cover wire with florist tape.

This is perfect for perfecting or practicing your taping skills. You will need quite a few wires!

Cover the one end

Cover the one end...

And dry tape the other end

And dry tape the other end by simply twisting the tape on itself to craft a flexible end.

This is just so that the tendril flops over slightly to give it a more natural look.

Wind the wire around a bamboo skewer

Wind the wire around a bamboo skewer to craft a tendril.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions.

Wind the tape end to also set it into a curl

Wind the tape end to also set it into a curl.

Start crafting a wire vine

Combine a few tendrils...

Combine a few tendrils on to a longer taped wire to create a tendril vine

... on to a longer taped wire to create a tendril vine.

Secure the ends at both sides with the wire vine

Secure the ends at both sides with the wire vine.

Secure the next curved twig to run down the middle of the first two

Secure the next curved twig to run down the middle of the first two.

Add the next curved twig just to the side of the previous one

Add the next curved twig just to the side of the previous one.

This is the basic basket shape

This is the basic basket shape. The next step is to fill in the open areas as much as you need.

Twist a wire vine around the twig

Twist a wire vine around the twig.

Extend the wire to the next twig and secure

Extend the wire to the next twig and secure

Move on to the next section and connect it with wire vines

Move on to the next section and connect it with wire vines.

Continue adding vines to create a stable base

Continue adding vines to create a stable base.

Cross a few curved twigs using the wire vines to secure them to the basket base

Cross a few curved twigs using the wire vines to secure them to the basket base.

Cut the twigs that extends too far shorter so that it remains in the framework of the basic shape of the basket you crafted

Cut the twigs that extends too far shorter so that it remains in the framework of the basic shape of the basket you crafted.

Add in a few more wire vines between the twigs to make the gapes even smaller

Add in a few more wire vines between the twigs to make the gaps even smaller.

Set the wire tendrils again so that they look pretty all around the basket

Set the wire tendrils again so that they look pretty all around the basket.

Next we add a handle:

Secure two longer curved twigs to the one end

Secure two longer curved twigs to the one end.

Extend the curved twigs over the basket to the other side

Extend the curved twigs over the basket to the other side. Secure the twigs with a wire tendril.

Add in another wire vine to follow over the basket to finish off the handle

Add in another wire vine to follow over the basket to finish off the handle.

Your basket is ready to decorate

Your basket is ready to decorate.

Flat dried leaves

To contrast the curvy... everything I am using leaves dried flat in a book. These leaves can be so brittle to work with! I add the crystals on a flat surface and then do a bit of preparation work to make the leaves easier to work with.

My tip for you this week is all about using dried material in a design like this. I send out a once a week email discussing a specific idea used in the design in more detail. If you are not yet receiving the email you can sign up below this post.

Glue the leaves into the basket using hot glue

Glue the leaves into the basket with hot glue.

Make sure to position the leaves in a way that the design looks vibrant and healthy

Make sure to position the leaves in a way that the design looks vibrant and healthy

Book readers turn to 276 of my book where I show you an example of how we craft a believable floral illusion by observing nature.

For more information about my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman

Glue in water tubes to keep the fresh flowers hydrated

Glue in water tubes to keep the fresh flowers hydrated.

I make my own water tubes using tube or drinking straws. For more information see the Tutorial below. I also add a tube to a syringe for a flexible way to add water to the tube without disturbing the floral material You can also find a Tutorial for that below.

Slip the orchids into the water tube

Slip the orchids into the water tube.

Add in a few more wire vines into the basket to finish it off

Add in a few more wire vines into the basket to finish it off.

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Tutorials

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...

3 January 2011 Syringe with tube

Easy way to fill test tubes and easiest way to remove water from a vase

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.

16 November 2016 Cut a vine wreath into sections to create a cup shaped armature

Cut a coiled vine wreath into sections to create an delicate armature to frame a few perfect chocolate cosmos flowers

26 July 2011 Wire Tendrils

Curl the wire at irregular intervals to create a natural wire tendril similar to that of a passion fruit plant

15 September 2021 Wire wrap for a shallow container to keep a twig arch armature neatly in place

Wrap a wire around both ends of a shallow container to keep the twigs in place.

4 May 2016 Loosened Wreath Armature

Snip a dried twig wreath to undo the spirals to hang around a glass container

28 October 2020 Vase topped with a Hollow Wreath for Halloween

Create a dimensional wreath by assembling wreath vine to hug around an oblong container.

27 September 2017 Tendril vine Wreath Pumpkin

Reshape a vine wreath into smaller wreaths to combine as a pumpkin

21 March 2018 Craft a Spring basket from a wreath

A wide gap nearly basket for nearly spring

9 January 2019 Winter white Tulle bridal basket

Craft a delicate bridal basket from twigs and tulle.

25 November 2020 Contactless gift exchange wreath perfect to double as Santa’s Gift Bag for your front door

Craft a small pouch into a half-and-half wreath so that you can leave... and receive tiny gifts and cards in true Christmas 2020 style .

7 April 2021 Spring breeze tangled ribbon wreath

Using branches pruned from a fruit tree... with a few dried flowers and just a few orchids to make a fresh Spring design.

Favourite Flowers

Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid

Related Designs

6 October 2021 A good measure of Autumn

A wire and twig permanent display basket with tiny water sources for a few fresh flowers that can be replaced as needed.

8 March 2017 Piece of the forest

Standing roses upright in a shallow container

8 April 2011 Large Open Weave Twig Basket

Easter Basket used in the Durbanville Flower Club Easter Parade Demonstration

15 September 2021 Blowing this way and that

Craft an arch armature to display those early autumn treasures.

4 May 2016 Ring-a-round

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

28 October 2020 Magic Spell Number 614: How to make absolutely any task you need to do fun

A hint of a wreath table top design for pre-Halloween decorating.

10 April 2013 Unthinkably good things

Oncidium orchids hiding in a woven grass cup. This Design Tutorial is featured on The Conna Flower and Garden Club (Ireland) website. It is part of their Floral Art Lessons...

27 September 2017 As tendrils tend to do

Curl a wreath with tendrils to create a twig-pumpkin

21 March 2018 Bring some Spring

Just like the weather is only hinting at spring, so is this design only hinting at being a basket

9 January 2019 Magical Craftsmanship

My article and winter white Tulle bridal basket design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine.

25 November 2020 Have yourself a Merry Cellulose Fibre Christmas: Santa’s gift bag wreath

...ok not really that fancy- it’s made from paper pulp. A cardboard box gift bag wreath… really. In the spirit of 2020- I am inspired by the endless stream of cardboard boxes...

7 April 2021 First we learn HOW to design… and then we learn how only WE design.

Whipped up to be light in the Spring breeze wreath design.