Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
First Frost Sparkle Wire and Twinkle Vine Wreath
Shape wire into a circle the size you want the wreath to be.
Twist in wire around this basic frame to create the wreath frame.
I explain a bit more about this way of crafting a wreath frame in our email this week. It is a great way to design a wreath that you intent to use again because it gives you design options for adding more details later. If you are not yet receiving my Wednesday morning (Vancouver time) email you can sign up below this post. This is also a great way for us to connect. Simply reply to the email if you have a comment of questions... or say hi. I would love to hear from you.
Twist and weave your way all around the frame.
Twist and weave in a fairy light all around the wire frame...
Every here and there wrap the fairy lights around your finger to curl it like a tendril.
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to curl wire tendrils
And add the fairy lights all around the wreath frame.
Wrap the battery and switch in the wire to secure it to the wreath frame.
Next I added the frost...
Pour out wood glue on to the wire...
And sprinkle artificial snow on to the wire...
... And switch to somewhat conceal it.
Once the glue is completely dry the frosty wire wreath frame is ready to design with.
Glue in a few winter twigs...
... Every here and there around the frame.
Wrap wire around a few water tubes...
And wire them into the frame.
Book readers turn to page 175 of my book to learn more about adding water tubes into a design. Pay special attention to the bit where I discuss how to position stems so that they remain hydrated for as long as possible in whatever position you place them. Especially in a wreath design where you are likely to position the stems at different angles. Each angle requires a slight adjustment.
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Strip most of the foliage from a Love in a Puff vine... beautiful, right?
Fill the water tubes with water.
I used both these glass seahorses and a glass water tube for the seed puff. This is a great design to use your prettiest tiny glass water tubes because they will be seen. If you have small empty perfume bottles.. use them. They will look so pretty! Even small budvases. Again see our email it will explain how you can rest the bottles in the design.
Place the vine into the sea horse water tube...
And weave the vine through and around the wreath frame.
So that the bright green vine twirls all the way around the wire frame.
With a special water tube to keep the seed puff hydrated right there to be the center of attentions dangling like a bauble in your design.
Glue in a few glass icicles...
To dangle down the design.
And finish the design with a few dew drop crystals for that last bit of sparkle.
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to add the crystals without disturbing your delicate design details.
For my design I wanted the wreath to look wind blown so I added a few loosely woven twigs into the weave. I also wanted to emphasize the autumn colours so I added a twirling...
Use a cardboard shape to craft a simple wire Christmas star
Make a wire wreath frame with wire and cover it with growth mesium or moss to design on
Curl the wire at irregular intervals to create a natural wire tendril similar to that of a passion fruit plant
Glue snippets of Baby's breath and grass into a lace fine wreath shape to showcase the tiny chocolate cosmos buds
I call this “lace” because I use pins to guide the wire sections together- almost like you do when making lace.
Use wood glue to make a light as air table top wreath from pine needles
Use a thin wire to puff out dandelion seeds to look like it spilled from a basket
Glue gypsophila sticks, flowers and dandelion seeds into a star shape
An almost Christmas... Christmas wreath featured in the winter edition of Flora Magazine.
A wire Christmas star with a secret plan to hide the twinkle
I used wire, fishing line (mono-filament) and Phalaenopsis orchid roots to make a messy lace Christmas stocking and dressed the stocking with frost green Cymbidium orchids
Capilano Flower Arranging Club Designing for Christmas Workshop: Yule log
A sticky shooting star made with gypsophila stems and fluffy dandelion seeds