My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Wire wrap for a shallow container to keep a twig arch armature neatly in place

Book readers turn to page 36 for a whole lot more inspiration when it comes to designing with wire. To get you started I have also linked a Tutorial for making your own bark wire below this post.
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Place a shallow container on your wire

Place a shallow container on your wire.

Design note: You can use any kind of wire. I used this bark wire- there is an additional trick to this so make sure to refer to our email this week for the bonus tip. If you are not yet signed up the subscribe button is below this post.

Wrap the wire twice around the container

Wrap the wire twice around the container.

Cut the wire short and twist the ends to secure

Cut the wire short and twist the ends to secure.

Do the same on the other end.

Test the container to make sure it stands without wobbling

Test the container to make sure it stands without wobbling.

Adjust the wire if needed. I added an explanation on how I adjust the wire in our email because I wanted to explain in a bit more detail.

Slip a twig between the two wires so that it stands upright

Slip a twig between the two wires so that it stands upright.

Design note: my twigs are cut from an old grape vine wreath. See the Tutorials below for more details.

Arch the vine over to the other end and secure it between the wires

Arch the vine over to the other end and secure it between the wires.

Add in more vines to craft the arch

Add in more vines to craft the arch.

Wiggle the container again to make sure it is still standing flat on the surface

Wiggle the container again to make sure it is still standing flat on the surface.

Fill the shallow container with water

Fill the shallow container with water.

Rest the sedum so that it conforms with the arch created by the vines

Rest the sedum so that it follows the arch created by the vines. The idea is that it creates a moss filled forest floor for the autumn leaves to fall on.

Spread the flowers out so that it is not wedged into awkward positions

Spread the flowers out so that it is not wedged into awkward positions.

Add in support twigs to break up the larger empty spaces

Add in support twigs to break up the larger empty spaces.

Glue in the leaves to flutter and rest on the vine

Glue in the leaves to flutter and rest on the vine and a few tendrils that, by contrast, extend out of the arched shape.

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Tutorials

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...

6 November 2013 Leaf Swirls

Cut fall leaves to create continuous swirls

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...

4 May 2016 Loosened Wreath Armature

Snip a dried twig wreath to undo the spirals to hang around a glass container

4 October 2017 Display wreath that hover around a big shiny pumpkin

For this design I wanted my wreath to be light and airy so that it just whips around the solid pumpkin like a breeze.

28 October 2020 Vase topped with a Hollow Wreath for Halloween

Create a dimensional wreath by assembling wreath vine to hug around an oblong container.

21 March 2018 Craft a Spring basket from a wreath

A wide gap nearly basket for nearly spring

27 September 2017 Tendril vine Wreath Pumpkin

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

16 November 2016 Cut a vine wreath into sections to create a cup shaped armature

Cut a coiled vine wreath into sections to create an delicate armature to frame a few perfect chocolate cosmos flowers

15 May 2019 Glue a grapevine armature shaped like the petals of an open rose

Cut a wreath into sections to glue back together into a beautiful rose petal shape

Related Designs

15 September 2021 Blowing this way and that

Craft an arch armature to display those early autumn treasures.

6 October 2021 A good measure of Autumn

A wire and twig permanent display basket with tiny water sources for a few fresh flowers that can be replaced as needed.

20 January 2011 The last Vine Wreath

Every designer knows how to stretch their supplies. We use and re-use our dried plant material until our fellow designers feel like hiding it from us. I formed such an...

6 November 2013 This is the Fragrance of November

Weave a wreath to thread a dome for an Autumn leaf design

4 May 2016 Ring-a-round

Open a vine wreath to create a spiral twig armature around a glass container

4 October 2017 Whipped up in the autumn breeze

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

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

1 November 2011 On The Street Where You Live

A floral design snapshot of what it looks like when walking down the streets of Vancouver this week.

21 March 2018 Bring some Spring

Just like the weather is only hinting at spring, so is this design only hinting at being a basket

27 September 2017 As tendrils tend to do

Curl a wreath with tendrils to create a twig-pumpkin

15 May 2019 Heard it through the grapevine?

Have you heard? I have wonderful news this week. Oh! and I also have this pretty grapevine armature shaped like the petals of an open rose to show you. But... Have you heard...

12 April 2011 Intimate Dinner For Two- Table Setting Competition Class

Floral Sushi Dinner, for two

30 March 2011 Garden Wreath Workshop and Demonstration

Contemporary Wreath Design demonstration as part of the Durbanville Garden Club's annual Garden Festival, Western Cape, South Africa