Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Double vase Snow Glow Winter Centerpiece
Place a small container in a bigger container to create two design surfaces. One for the fresh flowers and one dry for the candles.
Place a few flameless candles into the inside container.
Fill the outside container with water.
Fluff out foam filler or cotton wool to create a thin layer to lightly cover the candles...
... to create a slight glow
Place a lily bud in the outside container so that it remains hydrated.
Place these buds to extend towards the other opening so that they create a frame for the glow sections
Fill the larger openings with fully open lilies.
Facing the flowers so that they follow the frame pattern that you created with the buds.
Fill in any gaps with a few more buds and lilies.
Place a few snow covered twigs to cross over the flameless candle section. If you want to brush up on how to add artificial snow to a twig see the Tutorial below.
Design note: Before securing these twigs with a tiny drop of hot glue to the container quickly read this week's tip in our email. If you are not yet receiving the email make sure to sign up below this post. I add a bit more information about each design in an email each week so that you can reply or comment while looking at the design notes.
And add another twig to cross over that one to create a bit more dimension.
Book readers turn to page 166 for a rose and grass version of this double vase design idea and page 169 for a few more ideas on how to design with double vases.
For more information about my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman
Finish the design with a few dew drop crystals. I actually used an entire pack. Maybe it's Christmas twinkle withdrawal but I loved how they sparkled in the candle light. But you can of course use more... or less or none if you prefer.
Cotton balls can be unrolled and fluffed to create long garlands of "snow"
It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.
This design can easily scale up or down by using larger or smaller pieces of wood to create a larger wall panel or make a few of these panels to stack as tiles to create a more...
Sometimes you want to keep flowers in tight bud for as long as possible to suit your design
Suspend flowers with an almost invisible taped grid
Connect twigs with puddles of artificial snow to craft a winter armature for your flowers.
Slip a leaf into the gap between two glass containers to keep it upright... and add a plastic lining to support the flowers nestled into it.
My article and a floral panel design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine
Loosely weave grass to create a decorative grid keeping flowers in place over a square container.
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That good old double vase trick... but this time I deliberately added a bubble between the two layers to create a third circle in the design.
Using that little something that is unusual about your flower to make the design stand out.
Stack two vases to create a small gap at the side to keep a leaf upright