Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Peg and glue a floating Halloween design
Cut a handful of thin twigs to about the same length.
Choose twigs that have a ghostly look to them.
Glue the twig to stand upright in a display container and peg the leaf to float at the top.
Add legs to a small pumpkin and add it to the design to hover at the same height as the leaves.
See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to add legs to a pumpkin
Glue in more leaves on twigs
Add only a few leaves. Don't overcrowd the display container so that the design remain light and airy.
Add the water tubes to keep the flowers hydrated. In my book you will find quite a few ideas on how to add water tubes to your design.
See the link below for more detailed instructions on how to add a twig to a water tube (and how I make these water tubes from drinking straws)
Glue the tubes into the design.
Fill the tubes with fresh water. See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how I make this syringe with tubes to fill water tubes in awkward spaces.
Design note: take extra care not to spill any water. Water pooling in the display container will cause the glue to become unstuck.
Place the fresh floral material in the water tubes.
I wanted my pumpkin to lift its head slightly so that it is easy to see the beautiful sepals inside. Making tiny legs also prevent the pumpkin from rolling.
Easy way to fill test tubes and easiest way to remove water from a vase
When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.
Include a single floret (such as an orchid) or bundle a few weaker stems (such as lily of the valley) into an arrangement or hand tie by wiring a test tube to a stick.
Glue a few twigs to display Autumn flowers and foliage on
Frost a few twigs to craft a delicate armature for fragrant freesias
My Halloween design... with some scary stuff hidden if you can read between the leaves!
A simple way to keep the plastic mesh the pumpkins are sold in from becoming trash: wrap it around the container as an armature for a quick Fall design. Replace the flowers as...
An easy going design of ripped grass and calla lilies. But look a bit closer. See if you can find Mr. Stalk relaxing somewhere between the blades of grass.