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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Blossom craving solutions: Forcing and Coaxing and crafting flowering branches

Two step blossom making: Both of the blossom stems in this week’s design required some floral magic.

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First the upside down stem in the design…

Now this one required a bit more floral magic to keep the upside down blossoms from dropping their petals without a water source. A whole lot…

How to make blossoms from coffee filters and florist tape

I made those from coffee filter paper and florist tape.

Step by step to make blossoms from paper

I wanted to take a bit more time on this one so I decided to add the result (a video) to the easier Paper Flowers Tutorials I made a few years ago.

But the design really is all about the delicate upright blossoming stem though.

Forcing blossoms for spring inside.

These need much less floral magic. Simply bring some of those non-essential branches pruned from blossoming trees inside to encourage them to blossom early.

We have a meditation garden as part of our apartment building gardens and I always keep an eye out for when they are pruning (usually after about 6 weeks of really cold weather) so that I can go ask for a few (a lot!) of branches to bring inside. I am surprised that there are not more people who collect a few branches to “force”. Probably because “force” sounds so awful, don’t you think? It needs a rebrand. What can we call it instead of “forcing”?

Blossoming twigs inside the apartment

Whatever we call it, here’s what I do:

Always, always, except… no… always ask for permission to collect anything in nature. Even when foraging. If it does not belong to you it belongs to someone/something else. If you do not have permission you do not have permission.

Then before heading out, fill a large container (that won't tip over when you add heavy branches) with water. Set it aside so that chlorine can evaporate and it can get to room temperature. Sterilize your cutters.

Once cut from the tree, pick out your branches to bring inside. You should already see tiny buds on the stems.

Designers used to crush the stems with a hammer to condition. Unfortunately this also crushes the cells that transport the water up the vascular system of the branches. Instead preserve the stem cells by giving each branch a clean cut, at an angle, with a sharp cutter and place them in your prepared water container. And to make sure the blossoms last as long as possible give each branch a regular cut to remove the calluses that the branch form to prevent evaporation so that the branch can continue to take up water and replace the water regularly to stop the bacteria forming from anything dissolved in the water and any debris falling into the water from clogging the cells and causing the branch to rot.

Book readers turn to page 69 for more first aid for plants experiencing trauma after being cut… from the plant’s perspective. For more information about my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman

Tie the blossoms into a bunch with a blade of ripped grass

As the blossoms appear, place the container somewhere for you to enjoy. I like to divide mine to enjoy all around the apartment. A few stems closer to the fireplace- they blossom really fast and I can enjoy them first although for a shorter period. And a few around the apartment away from heat and out of direct sun so that they blossom at different times.

Like this week’s design, simply tied with an oversized bow of ripped grass. The large bow not only add a bit more fresh plant material to the design but also divide the contrasting paper blossoms and the fresh blossoms like a reflection, one pointing up and the other pointing down.

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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...

8 March 2023 Blossom craving solutions: Forcing and Coaxing and crafting flowering branches

Early spring floral styling with some magic

15 February 2023 Blossom Twig Heart Frame… with a twist in the middle

Curve and tie a blossoming twig into a heart... that can suspend a heavy flower head.

8 February 2023 Hover winter twig armature with an acetate platform

Crystal clear floral design for winter styling

23 February 2022 Place delicate stems at an angle in a shallow fiber lined container

Line a shallow container with fiber to create a mat for the flowers to hydrate and stand in the exact way you want to place them.

28 February 2018 Marching winter frosted twig and freesia stack

Frost a few twigs to craft a delicate armature for fragrant freesias

18 January 2023 Snowy twig band armature for a ever changing winter display

A well made snow covered twig band armature will last all winter so that you can display even the most delicate winter treasures.

9 February 2022 Tilt container with a spilling twigs armature

Perfect design for a warmer than usual winter design that hints at thawing.

8 February 2017 A Sprouting Spring Twig Heart

Carefully glue a twig armature to display the mini-miniature Darling orchids

7 September 2016 Willow flower crown

Loosely weave willow tips to create an ethereal crown

8 July 2015 Overgrown Willow web inspired by a traditional Dream-catcher

I wanted my willow armature to hint of a web-like dreamcatcher that grows in the wild rather than being a precise replica of the traditional craft technique. But I did weave it...

2 March 2021 Catch Blossom Petals in a Pussy Willow tray basket

An easy to assemble yourself harvest basket to carry home and display Spring blossoms.

20 March 2019 Hanging dangling eggshells with a twig and some ripped grass

Pierce eggshells to string it up for a delicate Spring design element.

12 February 2020 Manipulate Blossoming Twigs To Hang Fluttering Woven Grass Hearts

These peach blossom branches needed only the tiniest bit of help to frame the woven hearts to perfection.

16 February 2022 Hanging knotted foliage hearts from Quince blossom branches

Add a bit of love to your blossom branches with hanging heart knots.

Related Designs

8 March 2023 And now we wait

A bit of flower magic to get a few early blossoms to enjoy inside.

15 March 2023 Hop… Lots!

Beautiful blossoms don’t NEED much to make it into a lovely design. But the start of Spring might just inspire you to add a bit much… just because it makes you happy.

15 February 2023 If you frame it that way…

A blossom frame to display the prettiest anthurium of the whole bunch!

23 February 2022 Plan Together

Leaning Muscari flowers in a snow covered twig armature.

28 February 2018 March Days

Line up a few frosted twigs to march across a shallow container

18 January 2023 Getting the Band Back Together Again

Glue a band of snow dusted twigs to create a delicate armature for winter treasures.

9 February 2022 Pouring

Place a small fishbowl vase at an angle to look like it is pouring out flowers and twigs.

8 February 2017 It could hold

A fragile looking heart made from twigs that can hold a lot of orchids

7 September 2016 You are all invited!

My article and Willow Crown design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

8 July 2015 How To Catch A Dream

Take inspiration from a traditional Dream-catcher design to create a floral armature

3 March 2021 Spring Tray-ning

A Spring basket design for catching falling blossom petals.

18 April 2018 Swing Vine

Weave a delicate vine swing to nestle a small vase with spring flowers in

20 March 2019 It’s all ===> right

Hang a dangling eggshell in a Spring blossom design.

12 February 2020 Parallel Hang Ups

While waiting for the blossoms to open... why not weave in a touch of Valentine's Day love?

16 February 2022 Hang on, love

A hanging heart design to celebrate love this Valentine's Day.