Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Fake real stems-ends for real fake branches
Most artificial branches do not have a very pretty stem end
But it is quite easy to add a stem to the branch...
Cut twigs to make up the length of stems you need for the design.
Poke a hole in the stem if it is spongy inside or drill a small hole it the stem is woody.
My artificial stems already had a small bit of wire just on the end which I will use as a connection piece. If there is not a wire inside the stem end drill a small hole into the artificial stem and press a wire in. Cut the wire short to fit into the hole of the twig.
Slip the twig and the plastic stem over the wire to connect them.
Giving you not only longer stems but also stems that will look natural in your design.
Add the tiniest bit of glue...
And secure the stem with florist tape.
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Gather a few branches to hang as a magical winter wonderland Christmas decoration.
A sprig of wired faux plant material is easy to bend back into a more natural position. Plastic plant material without a wire in their stems need a bit of help to get back into...
Artificial snow can be very "chemical" and flowers deteriorate quickly when exposed to it. It also dissolves in water. I use candle wax as "snow"
Just a few adjustments can transform a boring artificial wreath into a high end looking designer decoration.
I wanted my design to look more "found this way" than "designed this way" so I strategically tangled the ribbon to dangle down the design rather than tie it in a neat bow.
Glue curved twig snippets to craft a delicate winter white Christmas tree
Cover a wreath frame with bark strips and fluffed out cotton
Use delicate sprigs of cypress or juniper, fir, pine, eucalyptus, ivy or a combination of them all to create a winter themed kissing bough
Design 3 looking at How to style with artificial plants and branches using quality faux plants and stems. This week: mistletoe! And also .. give your faux a reason for being...
Design 2 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: wired branches
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
A Merry Christmas Twig Snowflake
A sticky shooting star made with gypsophila stems and fluffy dandelion seeds
Glue the most delicate twig table top Christmas tree
Cover a wreath frame with bark and cotton for a textured Christmas wreath design