My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Snowy twig band armature for a ever changing winter display

Place a round container on its side on your design surface

Place a round container on its side on your design surface

Place something behind the container to keep it from rolling

Place something (anything, really. I used painters tape) behind the container to keep it from rolling.

Prepare a generous bunch of winter twigs for the armature

Prepare a generous bunch of winter twigs for the armature.

For my design I added artificial snow (see the Tutorial below for detailed instructions) and a few oversized dew drop crystals (again, see the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how I do that) to the delicate twigs.

Glue a second twig to the first

Glue a second twig to the first. Be mindful of the shape of the container. You want to craft a band of twigs so follow the shape as closely as possible.

Follow the round curve down the side of the container and glue in twigs

Follow the round curve down the side of the container and glue in twigs.

Take care to glue the twigs to the twigs... and not to the container. Move the twigs every so often to make sure they are still easy to remove. If you have any doubt rather cover the container with plastic wrap (I have a few design examples below so that you can see how I do that) to make it easier to remove. The armature is quite robust once done but can easily be damaged if stuck to the container in this early stages.

When you reach the table on both sides tilt the container upright

When you reach the table on both sides tilt the container upright...

And glue in a few more twigs so that the band almost touch from both sides

And glue in a few more twigs so that the band almost touch from both sides.

Design note: To create a really stable armature make sure you glue each twig, at three points, to another twig.

Book readers turn to page 322 for another example of this design and page 25 for a tip for removing the glue stands.
For more information about my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman

Carefully lift the armature from the container

Carefully lift the armature from the container.

Fill a tall vase with water

Fill a tall vase with water.

Place the twig band armature to rest on the vase

Place the twig band armature to rest on the vase.

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Set the flowers to stand upright in the armature with the stem end in the water

Set the flowers to stand upright in the armature with the stem end in the water.

Weave in a few vines to curve around the band

Weave in a few vines to curve around the band.

Design note: Rosary vine (see below for more information) is a succulent and you will not need to place it in water so that it remains beautiful. Why do I then? Well...

I always cut my Ceropegia woodii vines just below a node

I always cut my Ceropegia woodii vines just below a node and remove the last two leaves so that I can set it in water.

This way I root them while they are in my display. The moment I see the roots develop and new growth on the tips I remove that vine, pot it up and set a new vine into the display. It works every time!
And I have been cutting from "the same" vine plant to design with for every single design here on the My Creative Workbook website. I also root the vines I use in my demonstration designs to share so maybe you also have a cutting?

Glue in a few more twigs if you want to add height to the design

Glue in a few more twigs if you want to add height to the design.

Finish the design with a few more dew drop crystals

Finish the design with a few more dew drop crystals.

See the Tutorial below for how I add crystals to the most delicate plant material without damaging it.

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Tutorials

8 July 2015 Using a pin to place tiny dew drop crystals

It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.

28 December 2016 Adding snow to twigs

Glue artificial snow to twigs

9 February 2022 Tilt container with a spilling twigs armature

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

8 February 2017 A Sprouting Spring Twig Heart

Carefully glue a twig armature to display the mini-miniature Darling orchids

4 August 2021 Scattered dried grass with raindrop crystals

Craft a light and airy grass halo to suspend tiny drop crystals around gorgeous roses.

24 July 2012 Stacked Twig Roundabout

This is a great way to use all those bits of twigs and sticks in your design room to make a floral armature

31 December 2014 Stacked Table-Top Twig Heart

Stack and glue moss covered twigs into a heart shape

6 February 2019 Winter White Twig Screen

Glue twigs to screen delicate flowers for a wintry design.

6 September 2011 Twig collar

Create a light and transparent collar-base for the large composite flower to nestle into.

17 July 2019 Twig Dome Armature

Crafted from a hand full of twigs to give you a large design... even though you add only two stems of sweet peas.

11 May 2016 Twig snippet vase armature

Glue twig snippets to closely follow the shape of a glass vase

11 August 2021 Dried twig collar in a double vase display for gravity sensitive flowers

Putting the focus on the flowers with an ever changing design.

27 October 2021 Hovering golden wheat Ghost Ship armature

Using dry and fresh floral material in one design without the dry becoming soggy and the fresh drying out.

Favourite Flowers

Ceropegia woodii

Rosary vine, Chain of Hearts, Collar of hearts and String of hearts

Rosa

Rose

Related Designs

18 January 2023 Getting the Band Back Together Again

Glue a band of snow dusted twigs to create a delicate armature for winter treasures.

9 February 2022 Pouring

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

8 February 2017 It could hold

A fragile looking heart made from twigs that can hold a lot of orchids

4 August 2021 Counting Raindrops

Grass crisscross that makes you want to lean in closer to count the late summer raindrops around these gorgeous roses.

24 July 2012 A little bit of Art and Soul

A twig structure with roses

31 December 2014 The sound of a kiss

Stack and glue twigs into a table top heart

6 February 2019 Tread softly on winter

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

8 June 2016 When the wind whisper

Glue a fantasy forest from Popsicle sticks, grape vine tendrils and willow tips

6 September 2011 When Autumn Fall

Autumn leaf composite flower

17 July 2019 … and... a bit more... effort… to make it special

Instead of just placing a handful of twigs and two stems of sweet peas in a vase... why not...?

11 May 2016 Pour

Glue a twig vase and melt some plastic to create a tumbling design

11 August 2021 A bit Special... four dimensional designing

Using that little something that is unusual about your flower to make the design stand out.

27 October 2021 Ship Shape

The dry wheat stems are suspended from the outside of the container so that they remain dry and the flower stems can gently rest inside to remain hydrated.