My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Vase topped with a Hollow Wreath for Halloween

Chop a dried vine wreath open at one side

Chop a dried vine wreath open at one side.

Gather a few of the vines and bind it together with bark wire

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

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 a container

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

Fill the container with water.

Once the opened up wreath is secure it is ready to design with...

Weave in more vines

Weave in more vines from the one end to the other.

Adding in tendrils to extend in all directions from the opened up wreath

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

Make sure the vine is pinched securely in place over the container before adding flowers.

Thread the flowers through the wreath

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

Creating an elegant stem line that adds, rather than distract from the wreath shape.

Continue adding flowers

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 at the tip of their stem end

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

... And the bottom leaves to look like they softly fell into place.

Add a few skeleton leaves

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

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

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.

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Tutorials

28 October 2020 Arachnis Gerbera-petal-legicus

The easiest Gerbara disk floret spider... ever!

22 September 2012 Skeleton Leaves

Remove the pulp from leaves so that only the vain framework remain

28 March 2011 Spinning a Hot Glue Spider Web or silk for a Floral Cocoon

How to spin (and remove) hot glue spider web or floral cocoon

26 July 2011 Wire Tendrils

Curl the wire at irregular intervals to create a natural wire tendril similar to that of a passion fruit plant

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.

30 March 2011 Wired Monkey Vine

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...

1 March 2011 Paper covered Wire

Cover the wire with the raffia

14 January 2011 Beaded wire

Thread thin wire with tiny beads

29 September 2011 Twig and skeleton leaf Stick Insect

Made from dried cherry twigs and a skeleton leaf.

31 October 2017 Physalis Pod Stick-man

Glue twigs into a stick man for a Halloween design

27 September 2017 Tendril vine Wreath Pumpkin

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

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.

Favourite Flowers

Gerbera

Transvaal Daisy, Gerbera Daisy, Germini

Related Designs

28 October 2020 Magic Spell Number 614: How to make absolutely any task you need to do fun

A hint of a wreath table top design for pre-Halloween decorating.

8 April 2011 Large Open Weave Twig Basket

Easter Basket used in the Durbanville Flower Club Easter Parade Demonstration

28 March 2011 Spider web covering the design with drops of glittering rain

Weaving hot glue spider webs

30 October 2019 There once was a bat called Tequila, a Halloween story

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...

29 September 2011 Pick-Up Sticks

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

2 November 2016 Pick your poison

A Fun Halloween design with "poisonous mushrooms" tucked between the moss and petals

28 October 2015 On Pumpkin Coloured Days

Create a besom broom to sweep up those Autumn leaves

2 October 2013 Prickly

Build a twig porcupine armature for fall flowers

4 October 2017 Whipped up in the autumn breeze

Give a loosely woven wreath legs to stand on to hover lightly around a pumpkin

27 September 2017 As tendrils tend to do

Curl a wreath with tendrils to create a twig-pumpkin

3 October 2018 But what’s inside?

This week we are looking at the contents pages of my book... but more specifically at the sweet little pod design on the content page of my book.