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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

A Spring Sprout Wreath Flower Frog

For more information on how to design with Tulips turn to page 298 of my book. The How-To at the top of the page is especially helpful if you need some of the tulips to look a bit fuller.

Place a long narrow container on a working surface

Place a long, narrow container on a working surface...

Place a fresh twig with the thickest end into the container

Place a fresh branch with the thickest end into the container... bend it over...

Book readers: see the new growth? Yes, new growth is notoriously difficult to condition and even though it looks amazing in a design the cellular structure is not developed enough to remain fresh for long. I have a work-around for you! See page 75 - it works really well and looks amazing.

Add in another branch

Add in another branch, this time from the other side. Twist the branches so that they are entertwined.

Curve the branches to connect at the top

Curve the branches to connect at the top...

Shape the branches into a wreath. For more information on how to weave a wreath see the Tutorial below.

Make sure the cut ends of the branches are securely wedged into the container

Make sure the cut ends of the branches are securely wedged into the container...

Fill the container with water

Fill the container with water...

Make sure the cut end of the branches are under water so that it can continue to sprout the gorgeous new growth and remain hydrated

Make sure the cut end of the branches are under water...

 So that it can continue to sprout the gorgeous new growth and remain hydrated

... So that it can continue to sprout the gorgeous new growth and remain hydrated.

Add the tulips so that they stand upright with the help of the wreath

Add the tulips so that they stand upright with the help of the wreath.

Two halves of the tulip design

I divided my design into two... one half curving up the one side and the other curving up the other.

...and a tulip to bridge the gap. But this design relies on positive and negative space to convey my message. See this week's notification email where I discuss a way to do this with your plant material. And for a hint to my message. If you are not yet signed up to receive your weekly notification email with a bit more information on what makes each particular design work you can do so with the button below this post.

Curve in grasses

Curve in grasses.

Anchor the grass with the help of the wreath below the water line

Anchor the grass with the help of the wreath below the water line...

And through the wreath to secure it at the top

... And through the wreath to secure it at the top.

Curl a few grasses

Curl a few grasses to curve pointing to the gap... with two curved grasses joining in the middle to become the focal point.

Design note: for more information on curling grasses see the Tutorial below... or refer to the section in my book where I discuss manipulating grasses.

Add a few more grasses to complete the message

Add a few more grasses to complete the message.

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Tutorials

19 June 2012 Tapping away Tulip pollen

Tap away most of the pollen from a fully opened tulip

11 May 2011 Slow down tulip growth, after the stems have been severed from the bulbs

Tulips continue to grow after being cut. Sometimes when you make a very small design or for competition or bridal work you want to minimize growth. The best way to do this is to...

21 March 2012 Where to cut Tulips to condition

Here is a trick to make sure your tulips will condition thoroughly

1 April 2020 Using your seriously cool hot glue skills to glue a wire support for a tulip stem

A clever almost concealed wire support to keep a single tulip flower upright in a minimal bud design.

26 February 2020 Weave a grass Platform for an opening Tulip bud

Tulips continue to grow as they open. This means you not only have to be mindful of their proportions as they are now... but also as they will be once open.

8 July 2015 Using a pin to place tiny dew drop crystals

It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.

6 February 2019 Winter White Twig Screen

Glue twigs to screen delicate flowers for a wintry design.

16 January 2019 Delicate Twig Hammock Armature to keep tulips upright in a shallow container

Craft a suspended armature to create a clear winter design.

4 April 2018 Tap in a Twig Support

Wedge snipped twigs into a glass vase to act as a support for your flowers

27 January 2016 Sprouting willow armature

Carefully manipulate and bend green willow stems to place in water to sprout as an armature for tulips to mature and open

21 January 2015 Braiding three Tulip stems

Plait Tulip stems

30 April 2014 Scattered grass armature

An grass armature that looks scattered but is actually very secure

Favourite Flowers

Tulipa

Tulip

Related Designs

24 March 2021 To two too!

A Spring Tulip celebration design... with a special message

1 April 2020 Hang in there!

Keeping this tulip upright requires less magic and more hot glue skills... but it looks magical never the less.

26 February 2020 To top it all off

This is a great "space-keeper" design. The tulip will continue to grow into the vase height as they open... but until then the grass platform part of the design diverts your...

6 February 2019 Tread softly on winter

A delicate winter twig armature to show off the delicate beauty of these early spring coloured tulips.

16 January 2019 Every. Single. Week.

Stand tulips upright in a shallow container with a suspended twig armature.

4 April 2018 Grow on it

Wedge twigs into a vase to create a grid.

27 January 2016 Well, I'll be

Manipulate fresh willow stems to create a sprouting armature for long tulip stems

21 January 2015 Tiptoe through the Tulips

Braid Tulip stems to set in water

30 April 2014 Scattered

Scatter some dried grass to make a floral armature

19 March 2014 One of one of everyone

Float flowers using a bubble wrap raft

11 May 2011 It's Tulip Time!

Tulips continue to grow once the stem is severed from the bulb. More often than not you can use this growth to create an ever changing design. But sometimes you want that tulip...

1 March 2011 FLOAT

Reflex Tulip and Passion Fruit Tendrils in a wax disk