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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Handcrafted grass and twig basket to hold some Easter flowers

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This is a great way to use up those interesting but oh so dry twigs you have saved up in your design room

Choose some pretty twigs to craft the basket frame with.

This is a great way to use up those interesting but oh so dry twigs you have saved up in your design room.

Cut the twigs into snippets

Cut the twigs into snippets.

Use an upturned bowl to shape the twig basket frame

Use an upturned bowl to shape the twig basket frame. Place the first twig over the base of the bowl.

Place the twig snippets all around the bowl and secure them with hot glue

Place the twig snippets all around the bowl and secure them with hot glue.

You can also wire the twigs in place if you want to create an even more sturdy basket but I found once you add the grass it becomes pretty robust.

Make sure to glue the twigs to other twigs

Make sure to glue the twigs to other twigs and not to the bowl so that you can easily remove it.

There are a few tricks when gluing twigs to a shape like this. I go into great detail in some of the designs I have added below in the links so have a look if this is the first time you try to make an armature like this.

Turn the basket frame around and glue in more twigs to get the exact shape you want

Turn the basket frame around and glue in more twigs to get the exact shape you want.

Also wiggle the twigs to make sure it is secure. Glue any twigs that still moves.

Start interweaving a fresh blade of grass through the twig basket frame

Start interweaving a fresh blade of grass through the twig basket frame.

Add in the next blade of grass

Add in the next blade of grass.

Keep adding in grasses

Keep adding in grasses.

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Secure the grasses around the edge of the basket

Once the basket is secure and the grasses start to keep everything neatly together start folding in the ends to secure them around the edge of the basket.

Cut some sturdy wire to craft the basket handles.

Cut some sturdy wire to craft the basket handles.

Loop and twist the wire around a twig on one side

Loop and twist the wire around a twig on one side.

Twist the wire to create a handle as high as you require for the basket

Twist the wire to create a handle as high as you require for the basket.

Loop and twist another wire on the other end of a twig

Loop and twist another wire on the other end of a twig. Twist the wire to be exactly as long as the other end.

Secure the wire and twig handle to the basket frame

Secure the wire and twig handle to the basket frame.

Secure the other end of the handle to the basket frame

Secure the other end of the handle to the basket frame.

Loop a blade of grass around the wire to conceal it

Loop a blade of grass around the wire to conceal it.

Book readers turn to page 236 for more information on how to use wrapping with grass to create an armature that looks impossibly delicate but can carry Cattleya orchids... in glass water filled bud vases! It really works well.

For more information about my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman

Wrap the grass around the wire.

Wrap the grass around the wire all the way from handle to basket frame.

Knot the grass to secure it to the basket

Knot the grass to secure it to the basket.

Do the same with the wire on the other side of the basket

Do the same with the wire on the other side of the basket.

Place a few anthuriums and foliage in water tubes and nestle them into the basket

Place a few anthuriums and foliage in water tubes and nestle them into the basket to make sure they remain hydrated.

Add in a few dew drop crystals for sparkle

Add in a few dew drop crystals for sparkle.

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to place the crystals.

Every week I add a new design with related tutorials. Be sure to subscribe to receive an email notification with design inspiration.

Tutorials

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

8 July 2015 Using a pin to place tiny dew drop crystals

It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.

8 June 2011 Foliage Weaving

For this tutorial I focus on a simple weave pattern that does not require you to soften or prepare the leaves to be more durable or flexible. This is the starting point in...

23 March 2022 A Double vase, Sticky tape, Reflexed AND Woven Nestled Grass and Tulip Whirl

so many techniques rolled into one rather pretty tulip nest. Perfect to celebrate new beginnings: Spring and my book birthday... and my online workshop!

13 March 2013 Grass shelter for a glass bubble vase

Weave a shelter around a glass vase

1 October 2012 Weaving a ball shaped Dew-drop Catcher from grass

Weave a sphere from grass

12 August 2015 Messy edged basket

Weave a loose basket to display flowers

28 March 2018 Stacked eggshell containers that won't topple over.

Balance a stack of eggshells with a magnet for a tiny Easter design

5 April 2017 Weaving a Pillbox hat from grass

Use the "over and under" weaving pattern to weave a round, upright hat with a flat top and no brim.

29 May 2019 Taking a break when weaving with grass

When weaving a more labour intensive design you might want to/have to break for a few hours. This is the best way to keep the project from dying out too quickly.

29 May 2019 Weaving and Interweaving for contrast

My block design is shaped around a Styrofoam block. It is bulky but lightweight and a great way to reuse packaging.

13 March 2019 Interweave an enchanted gift basket

A bit of a planned-messy woven basket that is sturdy enough to carry small items.

29 January 2020 Weave a long lasting (without using floral foam) in a vase floral design basket

Give your woven grass a water source by designing the basket in a vase rather than placing the vase in a basket

1 February 2012 Weaving a diagonal green grass basket

Once you figure out how to do the corners weaving a diagonal shape is actually not that hard to do.

8 April 2020 Basket weave in an eggshell

A tiny little basket weave to add to an Easter Design

31 March 2021 Interweave a criss-crossed nest for an Easter Egg

Zero waste, all natural Easter craft design.

Favourite Flowers

Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid

Related Designs

13 April 2022 Hop on… it’s Easter!

A cheery Easter basket for a new beginning

23 March 2022 Chockablock!

Luxuriously filled design... filled with flowers... filled with grass. But most fun, for us as designers filled with hidden techniques

21 January 2015 Tiptoe through the Tulips

Braid Tulip stems to set in water

1 October 2012 How to catch a dew drop:

Weave a sphere from grass to catch a precious and exquisite and perfect glistening early autumn dew drop

12 August 2015 Catch of the Day

Weave a loose basket to display a single flower... or three

28 March 2018 Walking on eggshells

Fill eggshells with moss to create an upright container... with a surprising balancing trick.

5 April 2017 Easter Bonnet

Weave a delicate Pillbox hat

15 April 2015 Bowled Over

Weave a sphere armature to complement delicate oncidium orchiods

29 May 2019 Creative Competition

This week I am so excited to share my article and design that was published in the recent issue of the Floral Art Society of New Zealand's Academy Magazine for NZ qualified...

13 March 2019 How to avoid your wedding treasures from becoming “after the event trash”

My article and grass wedding basket design.

14 August 2019 For a longer lasting Summer

A creative way to keep foliage hydrated for a cool, water filled summer design.

29 January 2020 Peekaboo

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.

8 April 2020 Don’t put all your Baskets in one Egg

A bit of a wrong way round pretty Easter design. Put the basket weave inside the egg instead of putting the eggs in a basket.

31 March 2021 Criss-crossed

Hide an egg inside a interwoven nest for a dainty Easter decoration design.

11 April 2017 Well… we did it again!

Blossoms and chocolates for Easter

20 March 2019 It’s all ===> right

Hang a dangling eggshell in a Spring blossom design.