Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Perk up faux plant material and flowers that are not wired
A sprig of wired faux plant material is easy to bend back into a more natural position. Plastic plant material without a wire in their stems need a bit of help to get back into shape.
Remove the faux stems from the packaging or binding that press the stems flat.
Shake out the stems so that you can work with one stem at a time.
Hold the stem over a pot of boiling water. Once the stems are warm and pliable carefully bend the stems open and give them a more natural curve.
Even identical stems can each get their own personality by curving them this way.
The perked up faux mistletoe branches are ready to design with as soon as the plastic is cool and the new curve will now be set into place.
What if you absolutely HAVE to decorate with faux plants? Here are my guiding rules when it comes to styling with permanent botanicals
Gather a few branches to hang as a magical winter wonderland Christmas decoration.
This trick works really well, but it is a temporary fix to extend the life of drooping roses and is not a substitute for good quality fresh flowers. It is great to know this...
Add a real stem to shorter artificial branches to incorporate them into a design.
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"
Just a few adjustments can transform a boring artificial wreath into a high end looking designer decoration.
I wanted my design to look more "found this way" than "designed this way" so I strategically tangled the ribbon to dangle down the design rather than tie it in a neat bow.
Glue curved twig snippets to craft a delicate winter white Christmas tree
Cover a wreath frame with bark strips and fluffed out cotton
Use delicate sprigs of cypress or juniper, fir, pine, eucalyptus, ivy or a combination of them all to create a winter themed kissing bough
Design 3 looking at How to style with artificial plants and branches using quality faux plants and stems. This week: mistletoe! And also .. give your faux a reason for being...
Design 2 of my three week pre-Christmas designing series looking at How to style with artificial plants and branches using quality faux plants and stems. This week: wired branches
Design 1 of my three week pre-Christmas designing series looking at How to style with artificial plants and branches using quality faux plants and stems. This week: a wreath
A Merry Christmas Twig Snowflake
A sticky shooting star made with gypsophila stems and fluffy dandelion seeds
Glue the most delicate twig table top Christmas tree
Cover a wreath frame with bark and cotton for a textured Christmas wreath design