Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Tap in a Twig Support
Choose your container carefully. This technique puts a lot of strain on the vase and if it is not sturdy it will crack or break.
Cut fresh pussy willow twigs to fit snugly in a narrow container.
Measure each twig as you go along to make sure it wedges securely in the position you want it in.
For about half of my container I placed the twigs in a parallel pattern
For the rest of the container I placed the twigs to look like they were randomly scattered in the container.
Place the tulip stems so that they are supported by the twigs to gracefully drape over the container.
Adjust the position of the twigs by tapping it into position with a dowel and hammer...
Be careful to just tap the twigs lightly so that they do not pop out of position or crack the container.
Tulips continue to grow after being cut. Sometimes when you make a very small design or for competition or bridal work you want to minimize growth. The best way to do this is to...
This is a great, non permanent way to protect surfaces from damage
Glue the twigs in a container to easily follow the round shape
Carefully manipulate and bend green willow stems to place in water to sprout as an armature for tulips to mature and open
Craft a willow heart to display 12 red roses to celebrate Valentine's Day.
Keeping this tulip upright requires less magic and more hot glue skills... but it looks magical never the less.
A tranquil design that just takes a moment to do... when you need to take a moment to... breathe.
That good old double vase trick... but this time I deliberately added a bubble between the two layers to create a third circle in the design.
One of my trusty tried and tested techniques. When the going gets hot... float your flowers!
It's Tulip Season! Perfect for that "it's still winter ... but is that something green I see...?" mood designs.
The only thing I needed to make these avocado green arums perfect was a small admirer...
Glue a bunch of twigs inside a container to create a round stack
Manipulate fresh willow stems to create a sprouting armature for long tulip stems