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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Twig Christmas Star

Place the first twig on a flat working surface

Place the first twig on a flat working surface.

Design note: I added a dusting of artificial snow to the twigs. See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions.

Place the second twig over the end of the first

Place the second twig over the end of the first.

Design note: I used hot glue and wood glue to secure the twigs. If you wan the star to hang outside it might be better to wire the twigs into position.

Cross the third twig over the first two to shape the stars

Cross the third twig over the first two to shape the star.

Connect the first twig and the second twig with another twig

Connect the first twig and the second twig with another twig to craft the next point of the star.

And craft the fifth point of the star by connecting the last twig

And craft the fifth point of the star by connecting the last twig.

Place the star in the way you wan to hang it so that you can add more snow to look like it gathered on the twigs.

Pour out wood glue on the twigs where the snow would fall

Pour out wood glue on the twigs where the snow would fall...

Sprinkle a dusting of artificial snow to the glue parts

Sprinkle a dusting of artificial snow to the glue parts.

Hang the star up

Hang the star up so that you can see where to add a few more twigs to break up the pattern.

Wire in small glass tubes

Wire in small glass tubes... or vases... or sea horses.

For more inspiration on small items that can be used as a water source for your flowers see page 196 of my book. Or the tip on page 197 to turn almost anything into a water tight water source to keep your flowers hydrated. It works really well!

For more information about my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman

Fill the vases with water

Fill the vases with water.

And place the flowers in the water containers

And place the flowers in the water containers.

Add a few sparkling dew drop crystals to the petals

Add a few sparkling dew drop crystals to the petals. See the Tutorial below for more information how How and Why I add the crystals with a pin.

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on How to add patina to copper... and How to make these copper bells.

String the bell up to hang

String the bell up to hang.

I used this fluffy wool to hang the bell. You can, of course, use ribbon or string if it suits your design better. I used the wool for a good reason though. See this week's newsletter for my explanation. The sign up button is below this post.

Tie the bell into the design

Tie the bell into the design.

Letting the wool ends dangle down

Letting the wool ends dangle down.

Fluff out some more wool

Fluff out some more wool...

And glue the fluffy wool around the star shape

... And glue the fluffy wool around the star shape.

The wool should just trace the outline of the twig star.

The wool should just barely trace the outline of the twig star. I wanted a green glow more than a collar. Again, see this week's email for more details.

I am adding Red tipped Alpine Huckleberry tips into the design

The next step is to add our last festive colour. We have the green from the wool and to bring out the deep red from the beads I used to make the bell I am adding Red tipped Alpine Huckleberry tips into the design.

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Tutorials

24 November 2021 Patina Copper

The colour and the effect will vary due to application, temperature and humidity.

8 December 2021 Green Patina Copper Bells

Easiest bell DIY. Add a bit more character by chemically treating the bell to have a lovely green patina.

13 December 2017 Long lasting bark and Kalanchoe sleigh

Kalanchoe flowers last weeks without a water source and is the perfect way to dress up a bark and silver bell sleigh

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.

18 December 2019 Here it is: the quickest, easiest Christmas wreath… ever!

My work is usually so labour intensive... this one came as a wonderful surprise... it really is both quick and easy to craft this wreath!

7 December 2011 Hang a wreath on a door without knocking nails into the door face

I use two methods (or a combination of both) to attach a wreath to a door.

25 November 2020 Contactless gift exchange wreath perfect to double as Santa’s Gift Bag for your front door

Craft a small pouch into a half-and-half wreath so that you can leave... and receive tiny gifts and cards in true Christmas 2020 style .

25 November 2020 Wire Stars

Wrap wire around a cardboard star for a quick three dimensional decoration.

24 July 2013 Wired dangling Jingle bells

Wire the tiny little bells so that they dangle loosely and will jingle with the slightest breeze

12 June 2012 Sticky Shooting Star

Glue gypsophila sticks, flowers and dandelion seeds into a star shape

25 December 2018 Twig Snowflake

Glue twigs into a snowflake twig armature for Christmas trimmings.

28 December 2016 Adding snow to twigs

Glue artificial snow to twigs

18 January 2017 T-connect twigs to shadow a design

Split a twig to create a t connection to hover a twig over the design

20 December 2017 Twinkle and Pine Christmas Star

Use a cardboard shape to craft a simple wire Christmas star

17 December 2014 Daisy shaped Pine Star

Use the sheath as a casing to create a decorative pine star

Related Designs

8 December 2021 It’s the most… it’s the most... Jingle Patina Christmas of all!

This is the third of my Christmas 2021 series of designs. This year in the form of a mini workshop… my Christmas present to you. Craft the easiest copper bells to hang in a...

13 December 2017 Just hear those sleigh bells jingling

Craft a bark sleigh that will last for weeks.

18 December 2019 A Happy, Merry, Jolly (easy as that!) Eucalyptus Christmas wreath

Now this is quite a discovery! And it honestly is the easiest and quickest way to go from "I still want to decorate for Christmas" to "... aaand I am done, I made our wreath"

12 December 2012 It's a swell time…

An exceptional moment frozen in time… 12:12:12 12/12/12

25 November 2020 Have yourself a Merry Cellulose Fibre Christmas: Santa’s gift bag wreath

...ok not really that fancy- it’s made from paper pulp. A cardboard box gift bag wreath… really. In the spirit of 2020- I am inspired by the endless stream of cardboard boxes...

18 December 2013 Jingle Belling

Glue a stacked twig round-about to use as a Christmas table top wreath

25 December 2019 Wishing you a Light Touched Christmas

A naturally fragrant, star shaped gift box basket. Merry Christmas to you.

11 June 2012 Wish Upon a Dandelion Star

A sticky shooting star made with gypsophila stems and fluffy dandelion seeds

20 December 2017 A Very Merry Christmas Star

A wire Christmas star with a secret plan to hide the twinkle

17 December 2014 Star of Wonder

Glue pine needles into star shapes