Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Spring breeze tangled ribbon wreath
Bend the branches into a wild oval shaped wreath.
If you are unsure of how to weave a twig wreath see the Tutorial below.
Weave in a few branches to break up the neat oval shape...
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So that the wreath looks wild and wind blown.
Glue in a few water tubes.
For more information on how I make my own tiny water tubes see the Tutorial below.
Fill the tube with water.
I add a flexible pipe to a syringe for a custom made pipette. See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions to make your own.
Add the fresh orchids so that they remain hydrated.
Cut the stems a bit too long...
... so that the flowers are positioned in a more natural rather than styled way. Yes, I do this on purpose. See this week's notification email for an explanation.
Glue in the dried hydrangeas.
Add in a few dried tendrils.
Design note: Sometimes when you use an oval shape in a floral design it can look as if it is wilting or sagging. Make sure the tendrils point up so that you counter the oval shape of the wreath.
See the Tutorial below for how and why I use a corsage pin to place the crystals.
Tangle a ribbon to frame the wreath design.
By weaving the ribbon to drape softly around the design.
Cut the ribbon ends into a neat angle.
Most stems, twigs and even sturdier branches can be bend into shapes. It takes practice and more than a bit of patience. The main idea is to slowly manipulate the branch without...
For my design I wanted the wreath to look wind blown so I added a few loosely woven twigs into the weave. I also wanted to emphasize the autumn colours so I added a twirling...
When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.
Weave tiny vine wreaths on the leave stems of a stripped Wisteria vine
Craft a delicate bridal basket from twigs and tulle.
A perfect way to use a Lathyrus vine after all it flowered
Passion fruit flowers never lasts long. Not even growing outside on a vine. But the buds continue to open once cut making a wreath display ideal for an even changing passion fruit...
Snip a dried twig wreath to undo the spirals to hang around a glass container
Reshape a vine wreath into smaller wreaths to combine as a pumpkin
Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.
It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.
Whipped up to be light in the Spring breeze wreath design.
A wire and twig permanent display basket with tiny water sources for a few fresh flowers that can be replaced as needed.
My article and a floral parasol design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine
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My article and winter white Tulle bridal basket design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine.
Frame a passion flower in a vine wreath for a short lived but so pretty arrangement.
Open a vine wreath to create a spiral twig armature around a glass container
A perfectly imperfect wild willow wreath to display the first Autumn treasures of the year.