Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Ice skating pond inspired grid for a winter floral design
My favourite Christmas gift I got as a kid? Easy!!! my Bauer ice skates. I can’t remember ever telling anyone… but oh I hoped… and I wished… and wow… I can still see the box and feel the light headed feeling of a Christmas wish come true. And teen me skating for hours and hours… dreamily carving patterns in the ice.
Oh yes... this design is inspired by that Christmas memory.
Tape a clear sticky tape grid over the vase...
Only this time we place it sticky side up...
Design note: the easiest way to secure the tape is to stick it down inside the vase and then smooth it back over the the edge so that the tape loops over itself.
Create a criss-cross pattern... inspired by ice skates carving in the ice
Sprinkle some artificial snow on to the tape...
Lightly tap the snow down...
Turn the vase upside down to shake out any snow bits.
Add more snow if needed.
Place a few snow covered twigs over the vase.
See the Tutorial below for some detailed instructions on how to add snow to the twigs.
Add the design details... for my design I made some snow mittens. See the Tutorial below for the detailed instructions on how.
Fill the container with water.
Place the tiny flowers to rest on the grid so that they can remain hydrated.
I discuss the placement of the flowers (and how to make sure your minimal designs are interesting) in more detail in my newsletter email this week. Make sure you are signed up so that you can be part of the rest of the conversation. The sign up button is below this post. I will also include a link to the free template booklet if you want to make the little mittens and need more inspiration this week and next week so that you get your copy.
Finish the design with a few dew drop crystals (see the Tutorial below) and drape a ribbon over the design...
To visually tie in the design...
And sprinkle with a tiny bit of glitter snow for a bit more Christmas magic.
Artificial snow covered cardboard mittens to add to a winter themed design.
Tape a grid over a vase to keep the floral details in place
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"
Glue curved twig snippets to craft a delicate winter white Christmas tree
Wrap vines and twigs around a wire frame to create a decorative woodland chandelier
Not only will your home smell wonderful while crafting this design you will also have a ethereal and long lasting design to enjoy.
A winter themed centerpiece with a secret water source (without a container or floral foam)
It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.
Cotton balls can be unrolled and fluffed to create long garlands of "snow"
Inspired by seedpods... Glue Silver Dollar Eucalyptus leaves into 3 dimensional Christmas decorations.
...ok not really that fancy- it’s made from paper pulp. A cardboard box snow mittens… really. In the spirit of 2020- I am inspired by the endless stream of cardboard boxes being...
Celebrating my book launch by knotting floral mittens using the design Tutorial from my book and the template from the free gift template booklet.
...ok not really that fancy- it’s made from paper pulp. A cardboard box gift bag wreath… really. In the spirit of 2020- I am inspired by the endless stream of cardboard boxes...
...ok not really that fancy- it’s made from paper pulp. A cardboard box Yule log… really. In the spirit of 2020- I am inspired by the endless stream of cardboard boxes being...
Glue the most delicate twig table top Christmas tree
Weave a wire and twig Christmas chandelier
A Merry Christmas Twig Snowflake
A delicate winter twig armature to show off the delicate beauty of these early spring coloured tulips.
An easy and naturally fragrant winter white candle decoration to bring nature into your house this Christmas.
Create a long lasting winter inspired floral design that looks like it is frozen in time.
For this year's Christmas tree I wired and glued a wild and wintry twig armature... but... these little eucalyptus baubles are just the cutest!