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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Dried twig collar in a double vase display for gravity sensitive flowers

I am using that good old double vase trick to craft a collar for my design. To refresh your memory on creating a double vase design I have linked the Tutorial below this post.
These are part of my foundation techniques that I use to design. If you want to read all about foundation techniques you can find all the information in my book The Effortless Floral Craftsman

Connect the double vases with dried grass snippets

Connect the double vases with dried grass snippets.

Glue the snippets from glass to glass to overlap at random places

Glue the snippets from glass to glass to overlap at random places...

And then connect the grass snippets to create a really sturdy collar

And then connect the grass snippets to create a really sturdy collar.

Move all the way around the containers and add grass snippets

Move all the way around the containers and add grass snippets.

This is the basic collar structure

This is the basic collar structure. I will come back to it and add green stem snippets later but the collar is now sturdy enough to create a unit so that I can start working on the inside container.

Tape a grid over the inside container

Tape a grid over the inside container.

Again I have a Tutorial for you to get you started on how to tape a sticky tape grid- my twist on this technique is I always turn the tape sticky side up so that I can use it to keep my design details in place. All this is explained in the Tutorial.

Once you have a grid tape all around the container

Once you have a grid tape all around the container to make sure the tape stays in place to support the heavier floral details.

Pour water into the taped grid container

Pour water into the taped grid container.

Cut the lisianthus flowers short and rest it on the tape

Cut the lisianthus flowers short and rest it on the tape.

Build up the design by placing your flowers

Build up the design by placing your flowers.

Cut buds to have a longer stem

and now for that something special... cut buds to have a longer stem.

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Place the buds in a horizontal position

Place the buds in a horizontal position...

Stick the flexible stem to the sticky tape

Design note: Stick the flexible stem to the sticky tape. But only the stem, keep the flower part unstuck so that it "can do it's thing" - see the email.

Add a few longer stems to dangle over the design

Add a few longer stems to dangle over the design...

So that you have flowers on different levels

So that you have flowers on different levels.

See that one flower stuck in the tape with it's flower head over the edge? That's going to be real pretty!

Take special note of these stems

Take special note of these stems... our design inspiration image are of the exact same stems only a day or so later. Spectacular right?

Add a few green stem snippets to the grass collar

Add a few green stem snippets to the grass collar.

Move all around the container adding stems

Move all around the container adding stems to blend the grass in with the flowers.

Place a few hazel stems over the inner vase

Place a few hazel stems over the inner vase to blend the flowers with the grass.

Guide some of the flower buds to rest on the twigs

Guide some of the flower buds to rest on the twigs so that no flower looks trapped.

Place a few dew drop crystals on the sticky tape

Place a few dew drop crystals on the sticky tape to finish the design.

Now we wait... for the design to complete itself.

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Tutorials

22 January 2014 That good old double vase trick

Create a dry layer by placing a smaller vase inside the larger vase

6 September 2011 Twig collar

Create a light and transparent collar-base for the large composite flower to nestle into.

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

24 January 2018 Stack two glass vases to keep a leaf upright in water

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.

24 January 2018 Stack two glass vases to keep a leaf upright in water

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.

20 February 2019 Stacked bowl floral display

Create a foam free stacked design by slipping flowers between stacked bowls.

23 September 2020 All dried Autumn hemisphere design that will outlast even the falling leaves outside

Preserve some floral material to design with when it is but not quite Autumn outside.

8 January 2014 Twig Tumbler

Wire and glue a stack of sticks into a cylindrical or tube shape

17 July 2019 Twig Dome Armature

Crafted from a hand full of twigs to give you a large design... even though you add only two stems of sweet peas.

24 July 2012 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.

29 July 2015 Disk Twig Armature

Glue a few wigs to follow the shape of a glass bowl to create a disk armature

19 February 2020 Twig snippet pillar armature

A great do-in-advance and reusable design solution for a winter, early spring floral display.

29 November 2017 Autumn Screen

Craft a hanging twig and autumn leaf design

24 July 2012 Stacked Twig Roundabout

This is a great way to use all those bits of twigs and sticks in your design room to make a floral armature

Favourite Flowers

Eustoma

Lisianthus, Texan Poppy, Texas Bluebell, Tulip Gentian, Prairie Gentian

Related Designs

11 August 2021 A bit Special... four dimensional designing

Using that little something that is unusual about your flower to make the design stand out.

11 April 2018 Follow the line

Stack a few glass containers and fill each with water to a different level.

22 January 2014 How do you do?

Snow and twigs winter design

24 January 2018 How to make a stack of just enough:

Stack two vases to create a small gap at the side to keep a leaf upright

20 February 2019 Inna...

Stack bowls to keep your flower stems in place.

23 September 2020 Getting a head start on all that Fall-ing

Floral styling using mostly dried material that will last the entire Autumn.

8 January 2014 It's stick season!

Snap and stack an glue a few twigs to create a lace like armature

6 September 2011 When Autumn Fall

Autumn leaf composite flower

17 July 2019 … and... a bit more... effort… to make it special

Instead of just placing a handful of twigs and two stems of sweet peas in a vase... why not...?

29 July 2015 Beautiful Things

Glue a few twigs into a disk armature

19 February 2020 The Upside of being Inside

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.

29 November 2017 Marcescent

Glue a delicate autumn room devider

24 July 2012 A little bit of Art and Soul

A twig structure with roses

30 June 2021 Into a Puddle!

Heat proof floral design for summer.

20 January 2021 Hope Bubble

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.