My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Permanent Mossy Stick tree

This is an easy way to create a design armature to hang flowers, candles and beads from. It can be as simple as just cutting a single branch from a tree and setting it in a pot or more styled by using various sticks, twigs and branches to create a natural looking design.

Balance is all important. If you are going to hang floral details from the stick tree make sure it is really solid, stable and well balanced even before you start to design.

Place a few twigs, sticks and a thicker branch in a pot to create a decorative tree.

Place a few twigs, sticks and a thicker branch (or two) in a pot to create a decorative tree.

Secure the sticks with clay.

To keep the sticks in place secure them with concrete, clay or playdough. I like using playdough because it is very easy to colour and stick to the branches without needing a support while it dries so that you can continue designing the moment everything is in place.

Slowly build up layers of clay to create a heavy and very secure base.

Slowly build up layers of play-dough to create a heavy and very secure base. Cover the play-dough with potting soil or pebbles

Design with the tree as it is or set it in a decorative pot. I wanted my tree to look natural so I covered it with stone coloured growth medium. You can also use moss.

Stick tree

Your stick tree is now ready to design with. For extra strength place the tree in full sun to dry and harden the playdough.

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15 March 2012 Salty Playdough

Playdough is heavy, pliable, easy to mix, sticky, inexpensive and dries overnight. Perfect for floral art accessories!

5 May 2011 Unravel wire from a copper pot scrubber

Up-cycle a pot scrubber to get a huge roll of very pretty copper wire

30 March 2012 Moss Camouflage

Sometimes you need a pot or vase to look more natural or completely disappear in a design. The easiest way is to cover it with moss or natural growth medium.

Related Designs

17 February 2011 Hanging Garden

Hanging garden Design using Rainbow Oasis Powder

15 March 2012 A Floral Fable Design demonstration Floral Art Structures

I did a Floral Art demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging club. Over the next few weeks I will show the designs in detail and add the design tutorials. This week I’ll...

27 March 2012 A Floral Fable: Approach Design

This is a detailed look at my third Floral Fable design. When you design, every detail you add matters and the smallest element can change the design completely.