Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Canary vine tangle in a double vase
Here is another version of the double vase trick... this is a great way to get more use out of your design containers...
Test all your containers by balancing them on one another, or inside one another or on top of one another... you never know what great new idea this will spark.
My round flat container fits perfectly upright in my long narrow container.
Book readers turn to page 167 where I tell you all about the double vase trick. For more information about my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman
Add water into the long and narrow container until you also have water in the flat container.
Pay special attention to how deep the water line is so that your vine stems will be well hydrated when you start designing.
Groom the vine stems by removing the foliage. Love the flowers from this canary vine. It is the best thing I grew this year in my balcony gardens. And it last so well in designs!
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Place the shallow container flat on your design surface...
And mark the waterline with tiny bits of painters tape to guide you.
All the cut stem ends need to be well inside this line for it to remain hydrated.
Place the cut stem in the blue part and then twirl it around the inside of the container.
Position the flowers neatly around the container and make sure that they wont get damaged or bruised when you lift the container up again.
Remove the painter tape.
Lift the container back upright into the water filled vase...
And anchor the vine tangle by hooking a few of the vines over the top of the container.
Inspect the bottom of the container to make sure all the stem ends are below the water line.
Add in a few dried autumn leaves... for that "day after Halloween" look.
And a few sparkling dew drop crystals...
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to add the crystals without damaging your floral details.
and finish your design with a rather bored looking sisal ghost with dangling feet.
See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions.
Quick and so easy... I added the bells so that the ghost looks kinda bored now that Halloween is all over.
Create a dry layer by placing a smaller vase inside the larger vase
It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.
Careful manipulation of twigs in a shallow container. With a special note on how to use new growth.
Remember how Olaf from Frozen remained cool? With a personal flurry, of course! Two fishbowls, stacked and you are very nearly done.
Eerie! Because you use what is there already in the twigs this skeleton looks rather... realistic!
Wrap and tie a fishbowl vase with corn foliage to craft a lantern for autumn... almost... Halloween.
Weave a spider from lily grass... and reposition it every so often for a creative Halloween twist.
The word ‘Besom’ derives from the old English ‘besma’ meaning ‘bundle of twigs’.
Glue a few twigs to display Autumn flowers and foliage on
Time to cut down vines... and enjoy them a bit longer in a Halloween display.
An easy going design of ripped grass and calla lilies. But look a bit closer. See if you can find Mr. Stalk relaxing somewhere between the blades of grass.
Oh my... a corn leaf mummy head for autumn... looking ahead to Halloween styling.
...ok not really that fancy- it’s paper pulp. Cardboard boxes, really. In the spirit of 2020- I am inspired by the endless stream of cardboard boxes being delivered. My list of...
An all plant zero waste, levitating, twig (with just a splatter of autumn leaves, a breath of spiderweb and float of roots) Halloween decoration with an eerie bat skeleton made...
A hint of a wreath table top design for pre-Halloween decorating.
Celebrate the bright colours of autumn with lilies and Chinese lanterns