Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Flat wire and grass bridal basket
Bend wires to create a basket shape. I made mine almost a rounded triangle with a flat top
Connect the open ends at the top with florist tape. This area will be the handle of the basket
Space out the wires to create a flat base
Bind a small bundle of grass to the one side of the basket handle letting the tips dangle down the side
Bind another small bundle of grass facing the other way.
Bend the grass down to the side of the basket and secure with floral glue to the wire
Again, do the same on the other side
Fold the blades of grass over and secure it to the bottom of the basket, one strand at a time
Gather up the stem ends at the handle side of the basket
Wrap the stems with a blade of grass to create a neat handle
Glue in a few dangling blades of grass, some snowflake sparkling beads, and the orchids
Add a few crystals and make sure the basket is comfortable to carry
When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.
Once you figure out how to do the corners weaving a diagonal shape is actually not that hard to do.
Most leaves and foliage can be slightly manipulated to curve or curl.
Weave a basket with dangling edges for a single orchid display
Stack two vases to create a small gap at the side to keep a leaf upright
A light and airy (no floral foam but still long lasting) floral design for those days that you are really, really looking for signs of Spring.
Some floral fashion inspiration: weave a pretty clutch purse
I wrote this article for Wedding Business Success (an online meeting place for the wedding industry) exploring a positive way of looking at creativity and... stealing!
My article and woven ring basket design featured in the summer issue of DIY Weddings Magazine
My Twig Bridal Basket design and Tutorial featured in the Extraordinary Wedding Flowers issue of the New Zealand Floral Design Magazine