Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Blow away hot glue strands
When you glue a structure with hot glue there are always a few stray strands of glue stuck all over the design.
Blow it away with a hairdryer.
Set the hairdryer on the highest (warmest) setting.
Because the strands are so thin they don’t need a lot of heat to simply melt away.
Do not focus the heat on any section for long enough to melt the glue connection.
Simply heat until the strands start to melt
August is the month for retail florists and wholesalers to start designing, ordering and preparing their product range for the Christmas and Festive Season. This is my article...
Glue a stacked twig round-about to use as a Christmas table top wreath
A bark Christmas stocking glued to a frame
My article and a floral panel design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine
This was the third design I did in my "I found it this way" floral art demonstration
Glue bark to a wire frame to create a Christmas stocking armature
A fragile looking heart made from twigs that can hold a lot of orchids
Craft a bark sleigh that will last for weeks.
My Halloween design... with some scary stuff hidden if you can read between the leaves!
Stand tulips upright in a shallow container with a suspended twig armature.
A delicate winter twig armature to show off the delicate beauty of these early spring coloured tulips.
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Design 1 of my three week pre-Christmas designing series looking at How to style with artificial plants and branches using quality faux plants and stems. This week: a wreath
An easy and naturally fragrant winter white candle decoration to bring nature into your house this Christmas.
A creative design that has some height to it without blocking the view. This can easily be scaled up or down to match the environment you want to display it in.
Floral styling using mostly dried material that will last the entire Autumn.
Soft minimal Fall armature making it easy to replace the flowers as the season progress.
...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...
Grass crisscross that makes you want to lean in closer to count the late summer raindrops around these gorgeous roses.
Using that little something that is unusual about your flower to make the design stand out.
The dry wheat stems are suspended from the outside of the container so that they remain dry and the flower stems can gently rest inside to remain hydrated.
Using dried floral material is so trendy right now. But the longer lasting the design elements the more effort you have to put in to stop it from looking lifeless.
This is the second of my Christmas 2021 series of designs. This year in the form of a mini workshop… my Christmas present to you. Craft a three twig sphere snow man to proudly...
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Place a small fishbowl vase at an angle to look like it is pouring out flowers and twigs.
Glue snippets of grass into a double layer sphere to create a sheltered floral globe.