Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Break the pine needles from the stem. Place all the needles facing the same direction on a working surface.
Rinse a soda bottle and cut a ring following the marks on the bottle.
The clear ring is now ready to design with.
Split a pine needle and glue it to both the inside and outside of the ring with the tiniest drop of glue
Continue adding needles. Wiggle them so that they fit snug on the plastic ring.
Using the natural connection to keep the needles together around the ring.
Add needles all around the ring
Keep pressing the needles together so that they fit snugly.
Add a second layer of needles
... on both the outside and the inside
With all the needles pointing in the same direction
Place the needle tube on a display service and fill with artificial snow, crystals and succulents
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 snippets of Baby's breath and grass into a lace fine wreath shape to showcase the tiny chocolate cosmos buds
Snip a dried twig wreath to undo the spirals to hang around a glass container
Wire short twigs around wire rings to create rustic flameless tea-light lanterns
Loop and tie a few stacked twigs to create an enclosed floral armature
Create a floral foam cube for a Christmas "gift" table design
Use a cardboard shape to craft a simple wire Christmas star
An easy and naturally fragrant winter white candle decoration to bring nature into your house this Christmas.
A little bit of effort... that will last for weeks design to roll us in to the Festive Season.
A little bit of effort... that will last for weeks design to hang about the whole Festive Season.
An almost Christmas... Christmas wreath featured in the winter edition of Flora Magazine.
From now to a bit after New Year's Eve I will show you my take on the trends for Christmas 2023. This week I am continuing with a garland bowl and a cone and twig reindeer.
Instead of weaving a platter try stacking the twigs from large to tiny small
This was the fourth (and last) design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration
Open a vine wreath to create a spiral twig armature around a glass container
My article looking at contrasts and 6 winter lantern designs featured in the DIY Wedding Magazine
A wire Christmas star with a secret plan to hide the twinkle