My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Wire Stars

Draw a star shape on cardboard

Draw a star shape on cardboard.

Cut the star out

Cut out the star.

Wrap the shape with wire

Wrap the shape with wire.

Soak the wire and cardboard stars in warm water

Soak the wire and cardboard stars in warm water.

When the water is cool to the touch remove the stars

When the water is cool to the touch remove the stars...

Pull out the soggy cardboard

Pull out the soggy cardboard...

So that you have a puffy star shape

So that you have a puffy star shape to design with.

Handmade Christmas decorations for floral designers

... to hang in your design.

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Tutorials

25 September 2019 Beaded wire Leaf

This week I show you the Tutorial for the wire leaf shown in my book on page 14 ... this time in copper.

5 May 2011 Wire curls

curl wire to add to designs

5 May 2011 Wire baubles

Make baubles from wire

14 January 2011 Beaded wire

Thread thin wire with tiny beads

13 October 2011 Spiral Wire Cages

The cage spirals to form a basket that wrap around the plump ripe berries (or you can slip in a flower) to hang as connections between the twigs.

10 December 2011 Twist a twisting Wire Angel

Just a few twists are required to make this Wire Angel

1 January 2011 Sisal Stars

Paper towel cardboard tubes create the basic shape of my stars

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...

1 February 2012 Weaving a diagonal green grass basket

Once you figure out how to do the corners weaving a diagonal shape is actually not that hard to do.

28 December 2016 A bark strip and fluffed cotton disk wreath

Cover a wreath frame with bark strips and fluffed out cotton

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.

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!

12 August 2012 Twist your own Wire Wreath frame

Make a wire wreath frame with wire and cover it with growth mesium or moss to design on

Favourite Flowers

Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid

Related Designs

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 November 2020 Have yourself a Merry Cellulose Fibre Christmas: Yule log

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

8 April 2011 Large Open Weave Twig Basket

Easter Basket used in the Durbanville Flower Club Easter Parade Demonstration

28 December 2016 A Jingle Cotton Christmas

Cover a wreath frame with bark and cotton for a textured Christmas wreath design

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"

25 November 2015 So white

A dried Baby's breath and fresh orchid wreath

14 December 2016 A Candy(cane) Cotton Christmas

A floral cotton candy cane

12 December 2012 It's a swell time…

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