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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Using European OASIS floral glue to secure floral details… yes! It makes a difference

OASIS floral glue design inspiration image

Before we get started with the design a spoiler alert: Both of these are OASIS floral glue. The yellow one is in available in America and the clear is the European one. For this design (actually all my designs) you need the clear one. I will show you why... but first let's get the design ready

Prepare a few curly stems

This design also requires a bit of preparation work first. So simply knot a few delicate stems (I use the flower stems that I cut away from my wisteria after the flowers drop) into the beginning of a wreath...

If you are unsure of how to begin weaving a wreath see the Tutorial below for detailed instructions.

Simply set the knots somewhere where it can dry

Simply set the knots somewhere where it can dry... and you naturally get these curly tendrils to add to a delicate design.

Place an orchid into a bud vase

Place a Phalaenopsis orchid into a bud vase.

Snip away stems and undeveloped flowers to create a pretty looking tomato stem

Groom a tomato stem by snipping away stems or wilting flowers. This also creates stems perfect for...

Place the tomato stem into the bud vase

... gluing in design details. Place the tomato stem into the bud vase.

And glue in the dried stem tendrils

And glue in the dried stem tendrils.

I am always asked how do I glue such delicate, delicate details to stay just so.
Firstly the design details will sit seamlessly if you cut it just right. To show you how I do that I have added a detailed Tutorial below.
The next bit is... it's in my nature to do so. It comes naturally to me. Just as you have natural things you "just do" when designing, this is one of mine. It was actually the very first hint of what my design style would become and my design mentors would comment that they couldn't believe that I sat there and glue all these things to my design when I was still studying Floral Design. And I still do. You can read a lot more about developing your effortless style in my book The Effortless Floral Craftsman

Oasis floral glue

But the easy part... the easier part... the "it should have been so easy" part... choose the right glue. Securing delicate design details takes practice and there are a few techniques that can make it a whole lot easier. I share some more of those with you in our email this week (the sign-up is below the post if you want to join the conversation) BUT the right glue also matters.

This is Oasis floral glue. Yes both.

The gum yellow glue is the American version and the clear glue is the European version

The gum yellow glue is the American version and the clear glue is the European version.

I highly recommend that you get the European version of this glue. The yellow gummy glue is probably more suitable for less delicate work, although I don't really do those. I might keep this tube for securing autumn leaves in bulk just so that I don't trash it full.

But I order my tubes from Europe. The search continues for an alternative.

Can you see the perfect stem outline of glue on my fingers

Design Note: I am experimenting with aquarium plant glues. So far I have glued my fingers perfectly and for one panicky moment I thought permanently... but oddly enough no glue stuck to the plants. Might work better if you glue the plant material under water. The search continues.

But I would love, love to hear from you. Do you have a suggestion for an alternative to the Oasis floral glue?

Use as little glue as possible

Use as little glue as possible. Just enough to set your design detail at the perfect angle.

Design note: Make sure the details point in a general upright position so that it looks perky and fresh. Book readers turn to page 378 for a design that relies on this kind of placement. Every single design detail is placed for its perkiness.

For more information about my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman

Finish the design with a few dew drop crystals

Finish the design with a few dew drop crystals.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how (and why) I add the crystals with a pin.

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1 November 2011 Weaving a twig wreath

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...

5 September 2018 Wisteria Vine Wreath Armature

Create a barely there armature with sturdy end of season vines.

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.

30 August 2011 Removing Oasis Floral Adhesive glue spills

The finish of every design should be flawless. Make sure there are no bits of glue visible in your design by carefully removing all traces of spills.

25 September 2019 Spin a tiny glue bead around a thin stem to secure it at an angle in a design

This is a trick for attaching fine details at exactly the right angle.

27 September 2017 Tendril vine Wreath Pumpkin

Reshape a vine wreath into smaller wreaths to combine as a pumpkin

11 February 2015 Stripping foliage from weaving stems

Remove foliage from stems to weave with

24 May 2017 Chain link wreath weaving

Weave a few small wreaths to connect

24 May 2017 Designing an odd one out wreath

Adding floral material to a wreath design

23 July 2014 Twig Chain Garlands

Knot stems into decorative swinging chains

18 April 2018 Clematis Vine Swing

Weave a delicate nest for a small spring design.

8 July 2015 Overgrown Willow web inspired by a traditional Dream-catcher

I wanted my willow armature to hint of a web-like dreamcatcher that grows in the wild rather than being a precise replica of the traditional craft technique. But I did weave it...

11 September 2019 Weave a small wreath in the side twig of a willow branch to keep a flower in place in your design

This is both a decorative and functional design solution. But most importantly, I think, there is absolutely zero waste.

23 June 2021 Submerged vine wreath armature to beat the summer heat

Water... lots of water- that is the answer to designing flower arrangements that survive the summer heat.

7 September 2016 Willow flower crown

Loosely weave willow tips to create an ethereal crown

Favourite Flowers


Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid

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