Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Vase topped with a Hollow Wreath for Halloween
Chop a dried vine wreath open at one side.
Gather a few of the vines and bind it together with bark wire.
Design note: In the spirit of my " 5 design rules" that I have set for myself for all the designs that I share here on the My Creative Workbook website (one being that I only use items in my Tutorials that are easy for you to find) and because I have heard that it is sometimes difficult to find bark wire everywhere in the world I have a Tutorial for you on how to make it yourself. See the Tutorial section below. But I will also share my Design Rules for my website next week make sure you are subscribed to my weekly email for advance notice for when the design is ready.
See the tendril curls in the bark wire? I have included the detailed instructions on how to add that in the Tutorial section below.
Split the vine open and place it around an oblong shaped container. Secure the opposite vine ends with curled bark wire.
Fill the container with water.
Once the opened up wreath is secure it is ready to design with...
Weave in more vines from the one end to the other.
Adding in tendrils to extend in all directions from the opened up wreath.
Make sure the vine is pinched securely in place over the container before adding flowers.
Thread the flowers through the wreath so that the long stems curve around the wreath frame and into the water filled container...
Creating an elegant stem line that adds, rather than distract from the wreath shape.
Continue adding flowers using the wreath to keep the flower heads suspended in position and the stems firmly in the water so that they remain hydrated.
Glue in dried autumn leaves. Using the trick I showed you last week in my email to make the top ones stand up...
... And the bottom leaves to look like they softly fell into place.
Add a few skeleton leaves.
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to make skeleton leaves.. and if you would like to learn more page to Page 113 of my book.
Glue in a few water tubes... for the daisy spiders ( of course!)
See the Tutorials below for more details on how I made the Gerbera daisy spiders... and the water tubes.
And spin a thin glue spider web all over the design...
For more detailed instructions on how to spin the glue web see the Tutorial below... but before you start spinning the web have a look at the tip I have for you in this week's newsletter to protect the more delicate design details so that you don't ruin all your hard work right at the end! Make sure you are signed up so that you do not miss out on these once-a-week discussions on the finer details of each design.
Remove the pulp from leaves so that only the vain framework remain
How to spin (and remove) hot glue spider web or floral cocoon
Curl the wire at irregular intervals to create a natural wire tendril similar to that of a passion fruit plant
When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.
This wired rope is inspired by Monkey vine that you see hanging from trees. It is strong, rough and very tough. Covering the rope with mud will add texture and it also insulate...
Made from dried cherry twigs and a skeleton leaf.
Reshape a vine wreath into smaller wreaths to combine as a pumpkin
A hint of a wreath table top design for pre-Halloween decorating.
Craft an arch armature to display those early autumn treasures.
A wire and twig permanent display basket with tiny water sources for a few fresh flowers that can be replaced as needed.
Easter Basket used in the Durbanville Flower Club Easter Parade Demonstration
Weaving hot glue spider webs
An all plant zero waste, levitating, twig (with just a splatter of autumn leaves, a breath of spiderweb and float of roots) Halloween decoration with an eerie bat skeleton made...
A twig and stick design with sweet dumpling pumpkins and rosary vine (Ceropegia woodii). I also made a cherry twig and skeleton leaf Stick Insect
A Fun Halloween design with "poisonous mushrooms" tucked between the moss and petals
Give a loosely woven wreath legs to stand on to hover lightly around a pumpkin