My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Place delicate stems at an angle in a shallow fiber lined container

For my design I crafted a snow covered twig armature

For my design I crafted a snow covered twig armature so you have a bit of preparation work to do before designing.

If you are unsure of how to add snow to twigs see the Tutorial below.

Measure out some fiber to line a shallow container with

Measure out some fiber to line a shallow container with.

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Cut the fiber to fit neatly in the container

Cut the fiber to fit neatly in the container. Set the fiber aside to craft the armature so that is stands flat in the container.

Lean the twigs to one side and secure them with glue

Lean the twigs to one side and secure them with hot glue.

Glue in a third leg so that the armature stands firmly

Glue in a third leg so that the armature stands firmly...

Why three legs? I am so happy you asked! This is probably the best tip you can get when making armatures. Always let the armature rest on a tripod. If you want to read more about three legged designs see the Tutorial below.

Once secure tap the design from all sides to make sure it stands securely before adding any more twigs or heavy flowers

Once secure tap the design from all sides to make sure it stands securely before adding any more twigs or heavy flowers.

If your armature is secure at this point it is smooth sailing from here on. If not, it really is worth the effort to start over or adjust it until it is secure. Don't try to make do... you will just frustrate yourself and the design will look odd.

Replace the fibre back into the container and soak it with water

Replace the fibre back into the container and soak it with water.

Give the flower stems a fresh cut

Give the flower stems a fresh cut before placing them in the design.

Book readers turn to page 265 for my tip on how to cut stems when designing in a shallow container.
For more information about my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman

Place the twig armature on the foam

Place the twig armature on the water soaked fibre.

Glue in more twigs to finish the armature

Glue in more twigs to finish the armature.

Place the grape hyacinths flowers into the armature

Place the grape hyacinths flowers into the armature.

Make sure the stems are nestled into the fibres so that they remain hydrated

Make sure the stems are nestled into the fibres so that they remain hydrated.

Again I show you a fun tip for making sure the stems remain hydrated that even adds to the aesthetic of the design.

Add in a few dew drop crystals to finish off the design

Add in a few dew drop crystals to finish off the design.

Design note: Simply rinse the fibre to clean it and reuse it.

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Tutorials

28 December 2016 Adding snow to twigs

Glue artificial snow to twigs

6 December 2017 Fluffy pillow filler tree skirt

The fluffy stuffing found in pillows create beautiful, water repellent tree skirts.

27 November 2012 Fluff cotton wool for snow

Cotton balls can be unrolled and fluffed to create long garlands of "snow"

19 January 2022 Knot a wool grid for a cozy Tulip and twig armature design

Bring in some warmth with a tulip design that still hints at winter

28 February 2018 Marching winter frosted twig and freesia stack

Frost a few twigs to craft a delicate armature for fragrant freesias

16 January 2019 Delicate Twig Hammock Armature to keep tulips upright in a shallow container

Craft a suspended armature to create a clear winter design.

6 February 2019 Winter White Twig Screen

Glue twigs to screen delicate flowers for a wintry design.

6 March 2019 Snow puddle armature

Connect twigs with puddles of artificial snow to craft a winter armature for your flowers.

15 April 2020 A Sticky-tape way to keep blossom petals from dropping

Capture Spring for just a little bit longer by sticking blossoms down, in place.

9 February 2022 Tilt container with a spilling twigs armature

Perfect design for a warmer than usual winter design that hints at thawing.

Related Designs

23 February 2022 Plan Together

Leaning Muscari flowers in a snow covered twig armature.

9 March 2022 …. Aaaaaand tick!

Ever wonder how I decide what I share with you? A fun design ticking all the boxes.

16 March 2022 Poised to Spring

An "it's only 10 days to Spring" design to display some blossom buds.

19 January 2022 Thaw

It's Tulip Season! Perfect for that "it's still winter ... but is that something green I see...?" mood designs.

27 January 2016 Well, I'll be

Manipulate fresh willow stems to create a sprouting armature for long tulip stems

28 February 2018 March Days

Line up a few frosted twigs to march across a shallow container

16 January 2019 Every. Single. Week.

Stand tulips upright in a shallow container with a suspended twig armature.

6 February 2019 Tread softly on winter

A delicate winter twig armature to show off the delicate beauty of these early spring coloured tulips.

6 March 2019 It almost happened today!

Craft snow puddles to keep your flowers upright

15 April 2020 Helping Spring Stick Around

Blossom petals drop so quickly! Here's a way to make them last just that little bit longer.

9 February 2022 Pouring

Place a small fishbowl vase at an angle to look like it is pouring out flowers and twigs.