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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Grass snippet globe with T-connections for a (shaded) second layer

Place a low container so that the opening faces down on your design table

Place a low container so that the opening faces down on your design table

Mark out the halves with string

Mark out the halves with string.

Secure the string to the slippery container with painters tape

To avoid frustration while working, secure the string to the slippery container with painters tape.

Cut the firm, cut side of the grass into snippets

Cut the firm, cut side of the grass into snippets.

This is a great way to craft two designs from the same bundle of grass. You can use the more pliable end for weaving.
Book readers you will find loads of inspiration on weaving with grass in my book. Also turn to page 166 for the exact opposite of this design. I used the grass tips to weave the globe and placed the roses inside the shelter.

For more information about my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman

Use the container to shape the globe by gluing snippets around the half shapes

Use the container to shape the globe by gluing snippets around the half shapes.

Design tips: always make sure to glue each blade of grass that will carry weight or make up the shape at three places. This way it is really sturdy and you can add more grass to this armature to create a lighter effect.

And make sure you glue the grass pieces to other grass pieces and not the container.

... and, and glue the snippets with floral glue. Hot glue will burn the plant material and it will discolour.

Glue the snippets from string to string

Glue the snippets from string to string...

To build up a half moon shape

To build up a half moon shape around the edge of the container.

Start on the other side

Start on the other side.

And again build up the shape with grass snippets

And again build up the shape with grass snippets...

To cover the edge of the shape

To cover the edge of the shape.

Gently remove the grass snippets from the container

Gently remove the grass snippets from the container.

Butterfly wings

Match the two halves on your design table so that you can glue it together.

And also: these would have been such pretty butterfly wings... maybe next time...

Overlap the snippet edges and glue them to secure

Overlap the snippet edges and glue them to secure.

Add in more grass snippets to make sure the armature is sturdy

Add in more grass snippets to make sure the armature is sturdy.

Place the grass snippet armature to drape over a tall vase

Place the grass snippet armature to drape over a tall vase.

Glue in a few snippets to make the armature appear loosely stacked rather than sturdy and secure

Glue in a few snippets to make the armature appear loosely stacked rather than sturdy and secure...

I did this by cutting the firmest snippets shorter

I did this by cutting the firmest snippets shorter... and securing them as T-Connections rather than glued in three places.

These also work well to add to the bottom to a pretty edge to the sphere.

Add in a few water tubes for the orchids

Add in a few water tubes for the orchids.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how I make these.

Glue in another grass snippet to extend as far as you want the sphere shape to be

Then another layer of snippets here and there, again using the T-Connection technique. Glue in another grass snippet to extend as far as you want the sphere shape to be.

Then finish the t by gluing another snippet to rest on the extended snippet

Then finish the t by gluing another snippet to rest on the extended snippet.

I have another version of this technique linked for you below if you want to make it from twigs.

Add t connections around the sphere to keep the shape tidy

Add T-Connections around the sphere to keep the shape tidy.

Stand back and have a look. You will immediately see where you need to lift the snippets to adjust the height.

Remember to add snippets to shade the flowers and highlight those with some sparkling dew drop crystals

Remember to add snippets to shade the flowers and highlight those with some sparkling dew drop crystals.

The last part of finishing the design was... adding water to the tall container. Nope, it has very little to do with the mechanics other than maybe raising the humidity for the orchids. But it has everything to do with the look of the design. By just adding the water you will have your viewers gently swaying to look through the water. I explain more in this week's email. Make sure you are signed up to receive your once a week bonus tip the moment the new design is ready for you to view. The sign up button is below this post.

You can remove the glue strands but I rather liked them draped over the design.

I rather liked the glue strands draped ever so thinly over the design. I even added a few more, to be honest.

See the Tutorials below for more detailed instructions on how to add glue strands to a design... and also a Tutorial for how to remove them if you prefer.

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Tutorials

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.

28 March 2011 Spinning a Hot Glue Spider Web or silk for a Floral Cocoon

How to spin (and remove) hot glue spider web or floral cocoon

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.

18 January 2017 T-connect twigs to shadow a design

Split a twig to create a t connection to hover a twig over the design

19 June 2019 Creating a secure grass snippet here and there grid

This grid helps secure flowers in place... and add visual interest by being over rather than under the flowers.

3 February 2016 Connect the dot grass Armature

Connect the ends of grass snippets to create a spherical grass armature

30 May 2018 Snippet grid

Glue grass stem snippets to create a natural grid over a shallow container

30 April 2014 Scattered grass armature

An grass armature that looks scattered but is actually very secure

30 August 2017 Standing a water tube at an angle in lumber

Create a minimal design by placing a single flower on a platform

14 August 2013 Haphazard twig Rectangle

Glue a few twigs into a rectangular shape to hang as a space or room devider

28 August 2013 Barely there Mad Hatter's Top Hat

Glue sisal fibers to create a floral top hat

9 September 2015 Layered sisal and twig armature

small sisal fibers create a mat like armature

27 March 2019 An eggshell stack and grass snippet arch with a hidden water source for a Spring or Easter design

An almost nest like design with a hidden water source.

16 October 2012 Taco-shaped twig armature

Make a half-moon shaped armature to fill with flowers

8 June 2016 Popsicle Stick Square Armature

Glue Popsicle sticks to create a double layered, upright armature

Favourite Flowers

Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid

Related Designs

27 April 2022 Shine Shade

Glue snippets of grass into a double layer sphere to create a sheltered floral globe.

3 February 2016 Connect the dot

Connect snippets of grass to create a shelter for your flowers

30 May 2018 You see... here is the Thing:

Glue a grass snippet grid for shallow container design

30 April 2014 Scattered

Scatter some dried grass to make a floral armature

30 August 2017 If

Place a water tube at an angle in lumber so that the Zantedeschia float just above the base to show off the delicate grass snippets scattered up the stem

14 August 2013 Something Like This

Stack and glue a large twig rectangle to hang as room divider

28 August 2013 Losing some of that Muchness

A barely there sisal Mad Hatter's floral hat

9 September 2015 Fall Treasures

A sisal mat armature for fall twigs flowers and leaves

27 May 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 Limelight Floral Art Design

Looking back at the preparations and staging of a design in the Floral Design Studio Marquee at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

27 March 2019 Like trying to find a water tube in a eggshell stack

A fun Spring and Easter design with stacked eggshells.

16 October 2012 Bright, brighter… brightest!

Celebrate the bright colours of autumn with lilies and Chinese lanterns

8 June 2016 When the wind whisper

Glue a fantasy forest from Popsicle sticks, grape vine tendrils and willow tips