My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Criss-cross Monstera lace-up

  • 16 August 2017

Glue short sections of rosary vine into the natural gaps in the Monstera deliciosa leaf

Water tube bridge

  • 16 August 2017

Glue two thin sticks across a gap to support a water tube

Weave a flat top to tip at an angle with flower stems

  • 9 August 2017

Craft a platform to highlight small flowers

Two vase, two level Phormium snippets

  • 2 August 2017

Design in two levels by using two vases, the smaller slipped into a bigger one.

Half wire half grass tangle to keep stems in place

  • 26 July 2017

Tangle and shape wire to create a half moon for grass and gyp to rest in

Interweave a messy grass tumble

  • 19 July 2017

Loosely wrap and weave lily grass to create a planned-messy looking armature

Twig sparkler

  • 12 July 2017

Glue twigs to radiate out from a central point

Bits of snipped grass glued to create a net

  • 5 July 2017

Glue a fragile sheltering net to soften the look of a summer design

Skewer leaf rolls to support a tiny water source for fresh flowers

  • 28 June 2017

Hide the water source in a rolled leaf

Hanging Bamboo Lantern

  • 14 June 2017

This is a perfect do-ahead-of-time hanging design for a summer wedding. Craft one or three or a whole lot of the lanterns and add some orchids at the last moment to finish the design.

Chain link wreath weaving

  • 24 May 2017

Weave a few small wreaths to connect

Designing an odd one out wreath

  • 24 May 2017

Adding floral material to a wreath design

A Dandelion Seed Puff that stays just so

  • 17 May 2017

Use a thin wire to puff out dandelion seeds to look like it spilled from a basket

Skewered Eucalyptus leaf line-up armature

  • 10 May 2017

Thread leaves through wire

Three Twig Bundle Braid

  • 3 May 2017

Braid bundles of twigs to create an armature for flowers to dance in

Extend cable ties to secure bigger bundles of twigs or thicker stems

  • 3 May 2017

For cable ties to dissapear in design work choose the smallest tie poswsible for the job

Hana-Kubari twig

  • 26 April 2017

Slip a twig over the side of a container to keep an elegant flower stem upright

Sponge mechanic for a tiny flower stem

  • 19 April 2017

Soak a small sponge to create a water source for a small focal flower.

A little nest for Easter chocolates that naturally hooks over the edge of a container

  • 11 April 2017

Weave a tiny nest with a twig hook so that you can hang it in a design

Weaving a Pillbox hat from grass

  • 5 April 2017

Use the "over and under" weaving pattern to weave a round, upright hat with a flat top and no brim.

Three Tier Wire Ring Chandelier

  • 29 March 2017

Bend and weave three wire wreaths to string up as an air plant chandelier

Using sisal and wood glue to make a rigid and versatile foundation for floral art armatures

  • 22 March 2017

Wrap thin, glue soaked sisal fibers around a balloon or ball to create a barely there armature

Pin Protea foliage into a curl

  • 22 March 2017

The sturdy Protea leaves holds it shape even when dried when pinned into place

Skewered Foliage Garland

  • 22 March 2017

Create a garland that dries well with rolled up leaves

Add plant material and a wire support to sisal armatures

  • 22 March 2017

Customize sisal armatures by adding a wire skeleton and interesting bits of plant material

Wedding welcome and direction sign

  • 15 March 2017

Hang a twig and wood mobile at your weeding as a direction board

Wrap lily grass around bits of vine

  • 8 March 2017

Create visual interest by loosely wrapping lily grass around an armature

A Sprouting Spring Twig Heart

  • 8 February 2017

Carefully glue a twig armature to display the mini-miniature Darling orchids

Coil wire and grass to create a spring frog

  • 1 February 2017

Twirl and wrap wire and lily grass around a dowel stick to create a spring frog

Detailing a messy edged grass basket

  • 25 January 2017

Weave a basket from lily grass and then cut and curl the edges

Chain-link string and twig armature

  • 18 January 2017

By removing every other twig you open up space for larger flowers to nestle in

T-connect twigs to shadow a design

  • 18 January 2017

Split a twig to create a t connection to hover a twig over the design

Potted bark pod for a flowering plant

  • 11 January 2017

Cover a Styrofoam shape with bark to create a bowl for a potted design

Glue floral details into an artificial wreath frame

  • 4 January 2017

Quick and easy way to securely decorate an artificial wreath with natural elements

Adding snow to twigs

  • 28 December 2016

Glue artificial snow to twigs

A bark strip and fluffed cotton disk wreath

  • 28 December 2016

Cover a wreath frame with bark strips and fluffed out cotton

Add a Cotton pod Cuff to the Bark Christmas Stocking Armature

  • 21 December 2016

A fluffy cuff lines the top edge of the bark Christmas Stocking

Bark Christmas Stocking

  • 21 December 2016

Cover a wire frame to create a Christmas stocking armature

Cover the ends of the individual air plant leaves with cotton before adding it to the design

  • 14 December 2016

Pull leaves the Tillandsia plant to add into a design

Bark and Cotton Candy Cane

  • 14 December 2016

Cover a cardboard shape in cotton and bark to create a floral armature

Flat wire and grass bridal basket

  • 7 December 2016

Wrap grass around a flat wire shape to create a delicate bridal basket design

Barely there Wreath armature

  • 30 November 2016

Glue snippets of Baby's breath and grass into a lace fine wreath shape to showcase the tiny chocolate cosmos buds

Cane, Ti leaves and Sisal Disk Armature

  • 23 November 2016

create a cookie shaped armature for the chocolate cosmos flowers

Cane Coils

  • 23 November 2016

Curve cane into a snail shell spiral

Twig support to rest test tubes on a surface

  • 23 November 2016

Sink the tube in the design to rest on a few twigs

Cut a vine wreath into sections to create a cup shaped armature

  • 16 November 2016

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

Weaving grass to create a delicate mesh cup armature

  • 16 November 2016

I wanted a really delicate, see-through armature to frame my tiny flowers so I wove grass in panels around the vine shape

Loosen up a vine wreath to create an upright armature

  • 9 November 2016

Soak a vine wreath to make it easier to manipulate into an armature deep enough to nestle plant material in

Driftwood base for a floral foam pebble design

  • 2 November 2016

The flat surface of a piece of driftwood creates a base to design on

Folded Bleached Baby’s Breath Wreath Armature

  • 26 October 2016

Glued Baby's Breath Wreath, folded in half to create a moon shaped armature

Weave a bird nest

  • 12 October 2016

use bark wire and grass to weave a floral armature.

Folded leaf nest

  • 5 October 2016

Leaf armature made of rolled mini Monstera leaves

Washi Wasp Nest

  • 28 September 2016

Washi Papier Maché armature

"I found it this way" demonstration Floral art Structures: Twig Tangles

  • 21 September 2016

For my "I found it this way" Floral Art demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging club, I began all four of my designs with basic armatures made of Twig Tangles and we discussed the importance of a stable structure as a foundation to a structural design. The twig tangles create a basic armature for the designs to be suspended from. Each design is crafted that it almost looks like a foraged or ‘found” natural object

Acrylic Spiderweb

  • 21 September 2016

For this design I made the inside connection bit on a 3D printer with the spikes made of acrylic tubes.

Willow flower crown

  • 7 September 2016

Loosely weave willow tips to create an ethereal crown

Everlasting succulent and moss display

  • 31 August 2016

Glue snippets of moss and succulents to rocks as a long lasting table-scape display

Hanging Tillandsia

  • 17 August 2016

There are many ways to hang your air plants in a design. In this Tutorial I explore three

Bamboo frog for a shallow container design

  • 10 August 2016

Cut short bamboo lengths to keep your flower material upright in a shallow and narrow container

Hanging Willow Nest

  • 3 August 2016

Bend and weave a nest shape from fresh willow stems

Leaning Sunflowers to stay just so

  • 27 July 2016

The trick to any freestanding design is to get your first three stems standing stable and secure in the water. Once you have that you can build the design around it.

Twisted Lily Grass sun hat

  • 20 July 2016

Twist and weave a sun hat from blades of lily grass

Woven lily grass parachute armature

  • 13 July 2016

Weave a canopy or parachute shaped armature in a way that you can place the stems in two vases to keep it hydrated.

Floral Monogram Seating Plan

  • 6 July 2016

Wrap Spanish moss around a monogram wire frame to create a creative seating plan

Reed Cradle Armature

  • 29 June 2016

Glue reeds on a wire frame to create a dimensional armature to suspend orchids in

Lily grass spiral in a vase

  • 22 June 2016

Twist lily grass slightly to create a spiral for the orchids to nestle in

Weave green strips of willow bark into a nest

  • 15 June 2016

Strip bark from willow to eave and set into a shape

Popsicle Stick Square Armature

  • 8 June 2016

Glue Popsicle sticks to create a double layered, upright armature

Stripping bark from willow sticks

  • 8 June 2016

Strip the green bark from the stems to expose the smooth wood

Binding a lily bud

  • 1 June 2016

Binding the bud to let it open in an exaggerated trumpet shape

Sliced Grassy Cabbage

  • 25 May 2016

Slicing a cabbage to create an armature for a vegetable design.

Dangling flowers from blades of grass

  • 18 May 2016

Knot a blade of grass around a water source to create a free hanging design

Sealing water leaks

  • 18 May 2016

Petroleum jelly is both waterproof and not water soluble it creates a waterproof barrier to keep the water from leaking out of the vials when you hang it upside down. In fact, this trick work so well that you can use drinking straws or plastic tubes and seal it around the stem with the petroleum jelly

Twig snippet vase armature

  • 11 May 2016

Glue twig snippets to closely follow the shape of a glass vase

Loosened Wreath Armature

  • 4 May 2016

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

Hiding a secret water source in a twig frog

  • 27 April 2016

New growth is really difficult to design with and definitely needs to be conditioned and placed in a water source

Free standing Willow twig armature with a hidden water source

  • 20 April 2016

Cut a few willow twigs to split to create legs for the armature

Veiled Tillandsia glass container armature

  • 13 April 2016

Create panels of Spanish moss to cover a glass container

Long legged wire hooks to hang a hidden water source

  • 13 April 2016

Hang tubes from the rim of a glass container to drape down with design details

Construction Lumber and Dowel Spike Armature

  • 30 March 2016

Drill holes in a piece of lumber and insert dowel sticks to create an armature

Forest Floor Disk

  • 30 March 2016

Small design details to suspend in your design

Willow Parasol

  • 16 March 2016

Weave willow stems into a decorative parasol

Spiral Washi Rose armature

  • 9 March 2016

Fold and paste a paper flower as an armature

Wire Wrapped Willow Garland

  • 24 February 2016

Make a continues length of flexible willow to weave or design with by wrapping the delicate stems with thin wire

Willow Spring

  • 24 February 2016

Set willow tips into a spiral to create a spring design

Squigly vine twig armature

  • 17 February 2016

Loosely entwine vine stems

Stack a Twig Enclosure

  • 17 February 2016

Loop and tie a few stacked twigs to create an enclosed floral armature

Free Standing Twig and Wire Heart Armature

  • 10 February 2016

Bend wires and fill in the gabs with Stillingia twigs to make a delicate heart armature

Connect the dot grass Armature

  • 3 February 2016

Connect the ends of grass snippets to create a spherical grass armature

Sprouting willow armature

  • 27 January 2016

Carefully manipulate and bend green willow stems to place in water to sprout as an armature for tulips to mature and open

Sticks stuck in a twig on sticks armature

  • 20 January 2016

Drill holes in twigs to insert fine sticks to create a delicate armature

Stacked Grass Pyramid Armature

  • 13 January 2016

Stack snippets of grass on a wire frame to make a floating pyramid armature

Moss Colombina inspired mask

  • 6 January 2016

Cover a mask shape with moss and succulents for a long wearing mask

Eucalyptus rose

  • 30 December 2015

Release the soothing effect of the aroma and vapors from the Eucalyptus leaves my slightly crushing it while making roses

Barely There Skeleton Leaf Gift Box

  • 23 December 2015

Skeleton leaves create a light and ethereal gift box

Ivy vine Christmas tree mobile

  • 16 December 2015

Twist ivy vines around a cardboard shape to create a lace fine Christmas tree mobile.

Kalanchoe Christmas Bauble

  • 16 December 2015

The delicate Kalanchoe flowers last surprisingly well without a water source and is ideal for glue techniques

Scalable twig and Phalaenopsis orchid winterscape panel

  • 9 December 2015

This design can easily scale up or down by using larger or smaller pieces of wood to create a larger wall panel or make a few of these panels to stack as tiles to create a more easily manageable composite

Silver bell Christmas Greenery kissing ball

  • 2 December 2015

Use delicate sprigs of cypress or juniper, fir, pine, eucalyptus, ivy or a combination of them all to create a winter themed kissing bough

Winter White Gyp Wreath

  • 25 November 2015

A dried wreath in winter white

Autumn leaf and decorative tissue paper gift bag

  • 18 November 2015

A gift bag that dries beautifully

Balancing the curved stems of dried Autumn leaf tubes

  • 11 November 2015

Long stemmed autumn leave tubes as a floral armature

Bleached Gypsophila

  • 4 November 2015

Gypsophila dries really well and can be bleached to a stunning winter white

Bleached Baby’s Breath Wreath

  • 4 November 2015

Glue a radiating wreath from bleached Gyp

Besom Broom

  • 28 October 2015

The word ‘Besom’ derives from the old English ‘besma’ meaning ‘bundle of twigs’.

Use the stem of an Autumn leaf to wrap, pin and secure it in a roll

  • 21 October 2015

A glue-less way of manipulating leaves

Rolled up Autumn leaf wreath

  • 21 October 2015

Create a textured wreath with Chrysanthemums and rolled up Autumn leaves

Roll hundreds (yes! hundreds) of autumn leaves so create a natural, upright flower frog

  • 14 October 2015

Rolled leaves offer support for floral stems

Magnetic grass bubbles to reposition under water

  • 7 October 2015

When suspending items under water it is convenient to add a tiny magnet so that you can reposition it if the water distorts the lines of your design

Keeping design details submerged in water

  • 7 October 2015

Flowers tend to float in water. To keep them submerged you need to add a bit of weight

Fold a Grass Disk

  • 16 September 2015

Fold and wrap blades of grass around a disk to create a natural armature

Layered sisal and twig armature

  • 9 September 2015

small sisal fibers create a mat like armature

Hana-Kubari Bamboo Stilts with a Hidden Water Source

  • 2 September 2015

Split bamboo stems to create a water source for dancing orchids

Sun baked Sweetpea vine wreath

  • 26 August 2015

A perfect way to use a Lathyrus vine after all it flowered

Skeleton Hydrangeas

  • 26 August 2015

Make skeleton petals from hydrangeas to create blossoms

Skeleton Hydrangea Petal Blossoms

  • 26 August 2015

Use the skeleton petals of hydrangeas to create blossoms

Bark pod for growing a Pearl Oyster mushroom mini farm

  • 19 August 2015

Glue bark to a Papier Maché and wire frame to create a pod shaped armature

Messy edged basket

  • 12 August 2015

Weave a loose basket to display flowers

Disk Twig Armature

  • 29 July 2015

Glue a few wigs to follow the shape of a glass bowl to create a disk armature

Floating transparent ripples to support delicate floral material

  • 15 July 2015

Cut circles out of transparencies to make ripples in the water

Using a pin to place tiny dew drop crystals

  • 8 July 2015

It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.

Overgrown Willow web inspired by a traditional Dream-catcher

  • 8 July 2015

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 in a similar way.

Washi paper (Rakusui) split tube

  • 1 July 2015

Rip up the Washi paper for a lace fine armature for floral art

Twig Cell phone Charging Station Centrepiece

  • 24 June 2015

Create an arched design to hide the electrical outlet for a cell phone charging station

Weaving Zori-inspired slip-on Sandals

  • 17 June 2015

Sandals made from bamboo, grass and sisal and a bit of satin ribbon for luxury

Bamboo and Sisal String

  • 17 June 2015

Combine sisal string and flexible bamboo to weave with

Zig zag Palm Dragonfly

  • 17 June 2015

Fold a dragonfly from a long strand of grass or palm leaf

Zig zag foliage lantern

  • 16 June 2015

Fold foliage to create a zig zag patterned lantern

Grass Bundle

  • 20 May 2015

A grass bundle floral armature

Hairpin wire to balance a thin bundle of grass on a vase

  • 20 May 2015

Create a support for a bundle of grass balanced on a narrow necked vase

Hollowed out twig to encase a Corsage Magnet

  • 13 May 2015

Embed a corsage magnet into a twig

Willow twig Corsage Platform

  • 30 April 2015

To create a layered look for a corsage tie a foundation of twigs with fresh willow stems

Dowel ring flower holder for the most delicate of stems

  • 22 April 2015

The most delicate of stems often disappear in a design. this is an easy way to display really delicate flowering stems without overwhelming them

Stretching leaves and foliage into a ringlet curl

  • 15 April 2015

Most leaves and foliage can be slightly manipulated to curve or curl.

Cane and Willow Nest Shaped Basket

  • 8 April 2015

Weave a nest for Easter eggs

Hana-kubari Bamboo

  • 1 April 2015

Hana-Kubari is an Ikebana flower mechanic. Only natural materials such as pebbles, sticks and branches can be seen to support the flowers. Traditionally no twine or wire, nails, or screws or any other man made materials are used

Keeping pollen tidy

  • 1 April 2015

Most of the time I would gently tug the pollen covered stamens away the moment it becomes yellow and messy. But the Gloriosa looks rather pretty with the stamens on, so I fix it in place

Jiyek Braiding a Pussy Willow Twig Blind

  • 25 March 2015

A design inspired by traditional Jiyek braiding techniques

Meadow in a bowl

  • 18 March 2015

Inspired by a classic and traditional Ikebana technique used in a Rikka design called Komiwara. Designers would usually bundle straw to keep the flowers in place.

Balancing a Twirled Willow Armature

  • 25 February 2015

Twirl twigs to create a balanced nest to display the beautiful orchids on

Grass Spiral Snail

  • 18 February 2015

Fold a foliage snail

Stripping foliage from weaving stems

  • 11 February 2015

Remove foliage from stems to weave with

Willow Heart Wand

  • 11 February 2015

Fold over a tropical leaf cocoon

  • 4 February 2015

Fold and glue a Monstera deliciosa (delicious monster) leaf

The difference between detailing a sprouting stem for a floral design and pruning a stem

  • 28 January 2015

Give the stem a closer cut to detail for floral art

Well Rooted Sprouting Willow Weave

  • 28 January 2015

Weave a sprouting armature

Braiding three Tulip stems

  • 21 January 2015

Plait Tulip stems

Weaving Slippers from Foliage

  • 14 January 2015

Weave slip on shoes from palm leaves

So many ways to use a Kenzan to hold floral materials

  • 7 January 2015

How to place various sizes of plant material in a Kenzan

Securing a kenzan

  • 7 January 2015

Temporarily adhere a traditional Ikebana Kenzan or pincushion to a shallow container.

Stacked Table-Top Twig Heart

  • 31 December 2014

Stack and glue moss covered twigs into a heart shape

Daisy shaped Pine Star

  • 17 December 2014

Use the sheath as a casing to create a decorative pine star

Prickly Pine-needle Square

  • 10 December 2014

Create a floral foam cube for a Christmas "gift" table design

Pine Bauble

  • 10 December 2014

Pine needles create tiny balls

Magnetic Twig Bundle Boutonniere

  • 3 December 2014

Glue a few twigs into a bundle to hide a corsage magnet

Sticks stuck in a ground covered foundation

  • 26 November 2014

Glue potting soil to polystyrene to create a natural looking armature

Skeleton leaf bowl

  • 12 November 2014

Stiffen some skeletonize leaves into a lacy fine floral bowl

Acorn inspired Autumn leaf armature

  • 5 November 2014

Dry fall leaves to create a ball shape structure

iShrunkenHead

  • 31 October 2014

Carve and shrink apples to create a Halloween Tsantsa

Spin a Single Strand Spanish Moss Spider Web

  • 29 October 2014

Weave a barely there all natural spider web.

Roll a folded leaf coil

  • 22 October 2014

Fold and then stitch a long fall leaf garland to roll into a coil

Thanks Weaving Hat

  • 15 October 2014

This is the basic pattern used to weave a hat

Replacing water in a shallow container design without disturbing the design elements

  • 8 October 2014

Our goal as designers is to create the best environment for our flowers to stay as beautiful and fresh for as long as possible. When we condition flowers we always remove any leaves that will fall below the waterline of the design to prevent the leaves from deteriorating and rotting. Decaying leaves encourages bacterial growth which plugs the vascular system of the flower stems preventing water uptake.

Flat Top Spiral Wire Ring

  • 1 October 2014

Create a large and flat base to secure the fresh plant material on

Folding a Frog

  • 24 September 2014

Fold and weave a frog from grass

Bark Bowl

  • 17 September 2014

Glue bark onto a bowl to create a dome shape

Twig Bridal Basket

  • 10 September 2014

A slim basket design made from twigs

Skeletonize Physalis Pods

  • 3 September 2014

Remove the pulp from the papery pod (sepal) covering the little berry of Chinese lantern plant so that only the vain framework remain

Glued Twig Snippet Wreath

  • 3 September 2014

Small little twigs are glued to create a lace-like wreath

Loosely woven grass on Driftwood

  • 27 August 2014

Loosely weave grass on a piece of driftwood for an informal armature

Sunflower Disk Floret

  • 13 August 2014

Gently pull the petals ( Ray floret) from the seeded part of the sunflower

Standing flowering stems in shallow puddles

  • 13 August 2014

Making a truss out of sunflower stems for a free standing design

Palm Bauble Lanterns

  • 6 August 2014

All natural decoration with a secret water source to keep the fresh flowers hydrated

Twig Chain Garlands

  • 23 July 2014

Knot stems into decorative swinging chains

Designing with Tillandsia

  • 9 July 2014

Air plants need special design consederations

Taking care of Tillandsia

  • 9 July 2014

Conditioning and growing air plants

Clearly invisible taped Grid

  • 2 July 2014

This is the easiest way to keep flower in place

Musical staff line armature

  • 25 June 2014

Drill holes into sticks to create a suspended armature

Sticking a stick curve to create a hollowed out crescent armature

  • 18 June 2014

An easy way to create a neat curve in a very short time

Horizontal twig disk

  • 11 June 2014

Wire a few twigs to create a disk armature

Weaving a ring basket

  • 4 June 2014

Create a wire frame and weave ripped foliage around it

Bamboo panel

  • 28 May 2014

Create a panel for the flowers to hang on

Bamboo scaffold armature

  • 28 May 2014

Latch a few bamboo pieces together to create a scaffold for the flowers to hang from

Making dried foliage that has become brittle pliable again

  • 21 May 2014

Dried flowers and foliage becomes really brittle over time making it almost impossible to weave into a design without causing damage

Square Twig Cube

  • 21 May 2014

Glue twigs together to create a cube armature

Perking up roses (Please... don't ever do this, anywhere but at home, and only for yourself!)

  • 14 May 2014

This trick works really well, but it is a temporary fix to extend the life of drooping roses and is not a substitute for good quality fresh flowers. It is great to know this trick so that you can inspect the roses you want to buy, for the tell tale sign that they have already been "perked up" and might look fresh but would really not last well.

See-through sisal basket

  • 9 May 2014

Glue a very light flower girl basket from sisal

Secure a pliable stem accross a design

  • 7 May 2014

I wanted my Lily of the Valley stem to lean across the design, and simply tied it with grass.

Rethinking the traditional Komiwara technique

  • 7 May 2014

Komiwara is a classic and traditional Ikebana technique used in a Rikka design. Designers would usually bundle straw to keep the flowers in place.

Scattered grass armature

  • 30 April 2014

An grass armature that looks scattered but is actually very secure

Flower catcher

  • 23 April 2014

Keep a flower suspended just above water with palm leaves

Twig test tube swing

  • 9 April 2014

Hang test tubes so that they gently swing in a design.

Turning the sellotape over the vase trick up-side-down for a sticky side out frog

  • 2 April 2014

Tape a grid over a vase to keep the floral details in place

Foliage doughnut corsage with a hidden Boutstix Floral Magnet

  • 26 March 2014

Wrap a foliage circle to9 create a base for a magnetized corsage

Grass tunnel that stays just so

  • 12 March 2014

Snip, roll and glue a few blades of grass to create a design feature

Wire headband for a floral tiara

  • 5 March 2014

Cut and bend flat wire (or any other wire you choose) into a “U” shape to follow the shape of your head. Similar to an Alice band

Using floral glue to secure succulents

  • 5 March 2014

Easy and fast way to include succulents in designs

Wiring succulents with a double leg mount

  • 5 March 2014

Create a wire stem for your succulents

Harvesting succulents

  • 5 March 2014

Severing the rosette to design with

Suspending the twig nest

  • 26 February 2014

Balance the armature on a few twigs to display

Weave a foliage grid for a shallow container

  • 19 February 2014

Keep flowers neatly in a shallow container

Lightly sprinkled foliage frog

  • 12 February 2014

Light as air ripped foliage flower frog

Bark Gift Bag

  • 5 February 2014

Cut and glue bark into a gift bag

Twig Shooting Star

  • 29 January 2014

Wire and glue a twig armature

That good old double vase trick

  • 22 January 2014

Create a dry layer by placing a smaller vase inside the larger vase

Plastic drinking straws stem support

  • 15 January 2014

Some stems need a bit of help to stay upright

Seal cans to prevent rust rings

  • 15 January 2014

Metal cans will rust leaving a stain on surfaces.

Midolino heart armature standing on Hana-Kubari legs

  • 15 January 2014

Create a re-usable cane armature for a romantic pave design

Choosing, harvesting and Conditioning Hellebore

  • 8 January 2014

Hellebore is just gorgeous but so difficult to keep from wilting. But there are things you can do to enhance your chances of having the flowers stay fresh for longer

Twig Tumbler

  • 8 January 2014

Wire and glue a stack of sticks into a cylindrical or tube shape

Leaf snippet gift cube

  • 25 December 2013

Cover Styrofoam with leaf snippets to create a gift box design

Jingle bell stem hook

  • 18 December 2013

Cut a delicate stem to hook jingle bells on

Temporarily securing a Candle to a Vase

  • 11 December 2013

A temporary but very secure way to keep a candle in place in a design

Dried twig dome

  • 11 December 2013

Mix glue and twigs to create a twig armature for a Winter Christmas design

Flower Girl Red Net Basket

  • 4 December 2013

Weave a twig wreath for an easy net basket

Large wax snowflakes

  • 4 December 2013

Artificial snow can be very "chemical" and flowers deteriorate quickly when exposed to it. It also dissolves in water. I use candle wax as "snow"

Zig-Zag leaf flower frog

  • 27 November 2013

Wire and fold a flat leaf to create a support to rest flowers on in a flat container

Wired Foliage Circles

  • 20 November 2013

Manipulate leaves into a wired circle

Salmon pink Fall leaf armature

  • 13 November 2013

Fashion a fall armature from leaves

Leaf Swirls

  • 6 November 2013

Cut fall leaves to create continuous swirls

Spiked Autumn leaf cauldron

  • 30 October 2013

Pike a few (hundred!) autumn leaves to build up a hollow leaf armature

Chocolate leaves

  • 30 October 2013

Melt and dip foliage to create chocolate leaves

Straightening wire

  • 30 October 2013

Wire is always sold in a roll and it can be very frustrating to try to remove bends, kinks and curls.

Hanging leaves from a Hazel twig top bar

  • 23 October 2013

Create a free moving autumn leaf screen

Paperback Book Pumpkin

  • 14 October 2013

Cut and stain paperback books to make a pumpkin armature

Whisk basket

  • 9 October 2013

Bend an glue a whisk inspired basket to display autumn leaves in.

Helping Strelitzia flowers to fan open

  • 2 October 2013

If you want completely unblemished petals, purchase the Bird of Paradise flowers when the petals are still hidden in the spathe, and carefully coax it open. The flowers will not open by themselves once cut.

Covering test tubes with potting soil

  • 2 October 2013

Disguise the test tubes with a sandy veneer

Spiny Twig Porcupine Armature

  • 2 October 2013

Glue a few twigs to display Autumn flowers and foliage on

Twig garland

  • 2 October 2013

Add a dangling garland of twigs to the design

Adding beads into a design

  • 25 September 2013

I wanted my beads to softly float above my snowball posy. If I glued the beads to some of the flowers it would just disappear in the mass of twigs and flowers.

Make a Phalaenopsis Orchid from autumn leaves

  • 25 September 2013

Fall leaf craft

Autumn leaf ballet slippers from scratch

  • 18 September 2013

Pick up a few fall leaves to glue on paper to make fairy slippers

Longer lasting Gladiolus Composite Flower

  • 11 September 2013

Split (but don't cut) a few gladiolus flowers to spiral in a vase

Weave a heart shaped basket

  • 4 September 2013

An easy to assemble open weave basket

Barely there Mad Hatter's Top Hat

  • 28 August 2013

Glue sisal fibers to create a floral top hat

Unravel Sisal string to get Sisal Fibers

  • 28 August 2013

I purchase a huge roll of sisal string to use... sometimes as string, but mostly I unravel it for the fibers

Knotted and tangled wire heart

  • 19 August 2013

A wire armature for delicate flowers

Haphazard twig Rectangle

  • 14 August 2013

Glue a few twigs into a rectangular shape to hang as a space or room devider

Cherry twig rainbow arch

  • 7 August 2013

Glue a few twigs to arch over a upturned container

Roll small leaf circles

  • 31 July 2013

Add a bit of interest in a minimal design with tiny Jasmine foliage

Ladder-frog

  • 31 July 2013

Lash the orchid stems together to create a ladder for the flower to rest on.

Pinecone and delphinium table top tree

  • 24 July 2013

Small tree with fresh flowers

Wired dangling Jingle bells

  • 24 July 2013

Wire the tiny little bells so that they dangle loosely and will jingle with the slightest breeze

Wooly Stir Stick Bracelet

  • 17 July 2013

Bend a coffee stir stick and cover in wool for an easy to wear bracelet

Chrysanthemum sepals and receptacle

  • 17 July 2013

I love using bits of flowers to add interest and texture

Designing in a production line

  • 17 July 2013

The key to making a few designs in a short amount of time is preparation. Once you have prepared all the individual bits it is easy to assemble the designs in no time

Where to cut Carnations or Pinks to condition

  • 10 July 2013

Cutting carnations to condition

Wrap a line grid to support plant material in a shallow, stemmed container

  • 10 July 2013

Fishing line creates an invisible grid over a shallow glass cake stand to support the plant material

Wrap a twig with wire

  • 10 July 2013

A quick way to add a bit of colour to a natural looking design

Messy summer floral nest

  • 3 July 2013

Wrap and weave and twirl and dangle foliage to create a spiral nest

Birch Bark Wings to hang over the rim of a glass

  • 26 June 2013

Simple and natural floral accessory for a sherry glass

Sisal Disk

  • 19 June 2013

Create a inflexible circle armature to hang flowers from

Spiral rattan and skeleton leaf bee

  • 12 June 2013

Spiral curl and knot a rattan bee

Weaving a cube foliage ring box

  • 5 June 2013

Weave a cube with a ribbon

Tiny Rattan Basket

  • 29 May 2013

Weave a thin and delicate rattan basket

Curling Rattan

  • 28 May 2013

Curl and twill rattan tendrils

Weave a Midelino Cane Tubular Muff Bouquet Armature

  • 22 May 2013

Weave the cane coils into a decorative tube

Spiral Curl Midelino Cane Strips

  • 22 May 2013

Create large and luxurious spiral curls

Weaving a pod shape from ripped foliage

  • 16 May 2013

Weave a pod shape armature

Glue a Sisal Fiber Bubble

  • 8 May 2013

Mix Sisal fibers and glue to make a bubble

Weaving a Straight Edged Strip

  • 1 May 2013

A beautiful woven strip that is quite easy to make

Macramé hanging vases

  • 24 April 2013

Knot wool to create a catch to hang tiny bud vases from

Skeleton Leaf Flameless Candle Cocoon

  • 17 April 2013

Cover a balloon with skeleton leaves to create a cocoon

Twin Leaf Weave

  • 3 April 2013

Weave two palm leaves together to create a floral grid

Bird's Nest Lattice

  • 27 March 2013

Cherry stems and ripped flax makes a perfect natural lattice to suspend floral material from

Rolling leaf tubes

  • 23 March 2013

Roll foliage to create tubes

Magnetic Twig Foundation for a handbag corsage

  • 20 March 2013

A twig platform for a handbag corsage that wont damage the bag

Fold a Palm Cross

  • 20 March 2013

This is a traditional Palm Sunday or Easter craft

Grass shelter for a glass bubble vase

  • 13 March 2013

Weave a shelter around a glass vase

Clover Knot

  • 13 March 2013

Fold a Shamrock or Clover knot for St. Patrick's Day

Radiating twig and wool collared Bridal Bouquet

  • 6 March 2013

Use wool and twigs to create a bridal bouquet

Ripped Foliage Mesh

  • 27 February 2013

Create a delicate mesh over the design

Manipulating stems: Snapping at an angle, Bending, Spiraling, Curling and Straightening

  • 19 February 2013

Most stems, twigs and even sturdier branches can be bend into shapes. It takes practice and more than a bit of patience. The main idea is to slowly manipulate the branch without breaking it.

Petal Hearts

  • 14 February 2013

Cover heart shapes with petals

Sealing floral foam shapes with candle wax to make them water tight

  • 14 February 2013

A thin layer of melted wax creates a watertight layer for floral foam

Casting wet cement to have surface cracks

  • 14 February 2013

The goal is to cast the cement in such a way that the surface of the cement dries faster than the sub-surface cement. As the water from the wet cement at the bottom rises it pushes through the dried surface, causing beautiful cracks.

Fold a Foliage Fish

  • 6 February 2013

Fold and weave a fish from two blades of grass

Funnel shaped pick-up-sticks armature

  • 30 January 2013

By making a very secure armature, it is possible to stack and suspend loose twigs on top of it building on the stable foundation

Twig liners for floral cupcakes

  • 30 January 2013

Wire a few twigs around wire spirals to cover the test tubes for tiny floral cups

Weaving ribbon through a twig structure

  • 30 January 2013

A great way to dress up baskets or other twig structures

Bark Veneer Cardboard Cake stands

  • 22 January 2013

A quick and easy way to make a cardboard cake stand

Sharp Edged Arc Armature

  • 22 January 2013

A bark chip veneer is a great way to create a precise shape that looks natural but can't be found in nature.

Bark Veneer Cardboard Floral Cake

  • 22 January 2013

Glue a stack of cardboard circles to create a log-like floral cake

Floral Ice Cream Cones

  • 14 January 2013

Weave a few cones and add orchids to make the floral ice cream cones

Bark and paper covered Styrofoam stand for ice cream cones

  • 14 January 2013

Press a wooden skewer into the Styrofoam to help the cones stand upright when displayed

Midelino Cane Coil Globe Cup

  • 14 January 2013

Weave a loose, round floral art armature

Knot a Cordyline Catcher

  • 31 December 2012

Create a rigid grid to place over a glass vase to keep flower material in place

Tiny Twig Christmas Treasure Trunk

  • 24 December 2012

Wire a small twig gift-box for Christmas presents

Pine Cone Roses

  • 24 December 2012

Cut pine cones smaller to look like roses

Fill hollow bark with test tubes

  • 18 December 2012

Glue tiny sections of pipe to the bark to fill as a water source for the fresh flower material

Wire hooks for baubles

  • 18 December 2012

Bend thin decorative wire to create hooks to hang baubles or design details

Dress up candy cane favors with boxwood, ribbon and beads

  • 14 December 2012

A quick and easy way to decorate a few candy canes for Christmas flower club favors

Eucalyptus Snow Flakes

  • 12 December 2012

Glue seeded eucalyptus snow flakes

Piled Pine Needle Tabletop Wreath

  • 12 December 2012

Use wood glue to make a light as air table top wreath from pine needles

Moss and Wire Baubles

  • 4 December 2012

Roll bits of moss and wire to make neat little baubles

Twig Lanterns

  • 4 December 2012

Wire short twigs around wire rings to create rustic flameless tea-light lanterns

Single strand pine needle chain-link garland

  • 27 November 2012

A glue-less all natural way to make a garland

Fluff cotton wool for snow

  • 27 November 2012

Cotton balls can be unrolled and fluffed to create long garlands of "snow"

Winter Woodland Chandelier

  • 27 November 2012

Twisted hazel branches and willow stems, eucalyptus and Dendrobium orchids woven together to create a decorative Christmas chandelier

Green Trick Floral Wings

  • 20 November 2012

Glue gypsophila sticks, green trick carnations, Star of Bethlehem, passion fruit tendrils, jasmine foliage and string of pearls succulents to create floral wings

Autumn Leaf Rosette

  • 11 November 2012

Great way to use all the autumn leaves you collect on walks during the season. Slowly build up the leaf rosette and let the leaves dry before adding a few more.

Ripped Grass Frame

  • 6 November 2012

Create a sheltered or veiled design by framing the outer edge of your armature (in this case thick cardboard) with long strands of grass

Stalk and Husk Scarecrow

  • 6 November 2012

Use husks or dried leaves to make a scarecrow or doll

Midelino Harvest Moon Basket

  • 30 October 2012

This is a great flat and open basket to take outside when “harvesting” your fall leaves, pods and flowers. Who knows, you might even find a ghost pumpkin or three…

Wire spider legs for tiny glass test tubes

  • 30 October 2012

Give small test tubes long legs to stand on

Fighting Botrytis

  • 30 October 2012

If drops of water gets sprayed onto cut flower heads (like here on these Pasque Flower seed heads) it can get trapped deep between the petals and create the ideal environment for Botrytis spores to germinate causing premature spoiling of the flowers

Taco-shaped twig armature

  • 16 October 2012

Make a half-moon shaped armature to fill with flowers

Leafy Autumn Pumpkins

  • 8 October 2012

Glue fall leaves to sticks to make small pumpkins

Fresh vine display tray

  • 8 October 2012

Fresh passion fruit vines are coiled to create a tray.

Mikado Reed Line-up

  • 8 October 2012

Creating a good quality armature makes it effortless for you to replace flowers, as they fade, with fresh blooms for an ever changing and long lasting floral design.

Weaving a ball shaped Dew-drop Catcher from grass

  • 1 October 2012

Weave a sphere from grass

Skeleton Leaves

  • 22 September 2012

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

Stiffen and set skeletonized leaves into a whirl

  • 22 September 2012

Skeletonized leaves can be shaped while wet to create shapes

Stir-stick Sunburst

  • 22 September 2012

Glue a radiating armature from stir-sticks.

T- Pin blades of grass

  • 18 September 2012

Make a small grass "propeller" by pinning blades of grass into the design

Wrap a gift test tube with ribbon

  • 12 September 2012

Use this technique to gift ribbon wrap a single stem or cover the stems of a bouquet with ribbon

Infinity fold for storing ribbon

  • 12 September 2012

Neatly roll you ribbon to store flat in a drawer

Braid a Celtic heart knot

  • 10 September 2012

Braid or knot a traditional Celtic heart with foliage

Hook for Kyogi paper

  • 7 September 2012

Add a simple hook to the top of the Kyogi paper strips to easily hook it in place

The Three legged trick for Upright Constructions

  • 7 September 2012

When in doubt, always give your armature three legs. Two legs are simply not enough and four legs will wobble if it is even slightly off balance.

Hanging flowers rightside-upside-downside

  • 7 September 2012

I love hanging flowers to loosely dangle and move in a design

Curling Kyogi Paper

  • 5 September 2012

Kyogi paper can be curled if you work with it wet.

Spiked Wire test tube catchers

  • 5 September 2012

Create a spiral to catch a test tube

Driftwood on Stilts

  • 5 September 2012

Give a piece of driftwood legs to stand on

Banding a bundle of twigs

  • 27 August 2012

Create a decorative accent for the design by wrapping the twigs with pink wire to create a small bundle.

Up-cycle CD base for driftwood

  • 27 August 2012

Stack and glue a few used CD's to create a secure base for a simple piece of driftwood

Rooting Succulents in a design

  • 27 August 2012

Rooting succulents in Rainbow Oasis pebbles creates not only a long lasting design but also an ever changing design as you remove rooted plants to grow in pots and add those leaves or long shoots that you want to propagate back into the design.

Driftwood beavers lodge

  • 21 August 2012

Stack and glue driftwood to rest on bottles to create a frog to keep thin blades of grass neatly in place

Wool Wire

  • 21 August 2012

Create a rigid but fuzzy wool covered wire

Fuzzy Wool bottle detail

  • 21 August 2012

Wood glue not only glues the wool to the bottle but it also makes the wool makes the wool inflexible.

Wool finish Styrofoam base

  • 21 August 2012

Fast and easy way to create a base to rest a few vases or bottles on.

Midelino cane coil basket

  • 14 August 2012

Weave a hand basket from Midelino cane coils

Pine scale wreath

  • 14 August 2012

Break pine scales from the cone and glue on a wreath frame to create a continuous pine scale wreath

Peel a Pine cone

  • 14 August 2012

It is easier to peel a pine cone from the flat side than to try and break the scales from the top

Twist your own Wire Wreath frame

  • 12 August 2012

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

Stringing wool and Spanish moss

  • 8 August 2012

Create veil of wool and Spanish moss

Delicate twig and rosary vine garland

  • 31 July 2012

Spiral stems around a Ceropegia woodii or Rosary vine.

Cherry stem Masquerade Masque

  • 31 July 2012

Glue cherry stems to create a mask

Blow away hot glue strands

  • 24 July 2012

When you glue a structure with hot glue there are always a few stray strands of glue stuck all over the design. Blow it away with a hairdryer.

Stacked Twig Roundabout

  • 24 July 2012

This is a great way to use all those bits of twigs and sticks in your design room to make a floral armature

Guacamole Green Coiled Grass Chameleon

  • 17 July 2012

My Chameleon is mono-botanical. Made from coiled grass

Prevent scratches, rust and water stains on display surfaces

  • 17 July 2012

This is a great, non permanent way to protect surfaces from damage

Arum lily roll down

  • 17 July 2012

Open an arum lily up by rolling the funnel shaped spathe (petal) over

Bark covered heart

  • 10 July 2012

Cover cardboard with bark to create a heart shaped log

Stabilizing sticks for dried or fresh flowers

  • 10 July 2012

Create a full design without the weight by stabilizing the flowers with glued sticks. This is a great alternative to floral foam.

Longer stems for dried flowers

  • 10 July 2012

Give dried hydrangeas (or other dried flowers) a longer stem to make it easier to work with.

Smooth dried hydrangea flowers in the palm of your hand

  • 10 July 2012

Hold a dried hydrangea flower in the palm of your hand to smooth out the folds

Whisper butterflies

  • 10 July 2012

Acetate is the clear plastic mostly used for packaging design. It is thicker than cellophane and holds its shape much better.

Twig mushroom

  • 3 July 2012

Stack and wire a twig mushroom armature

Driftwood precariously perched on the edge of a pebble

  • 26 June 2012

Wire and glue the driftwood at an angle to balance on a pebble

Berry dye for sisal fibers

  • 26 June 2012

Soak sisal fibres in strawberry and black berry juice to stain it purple

Tapping away Tulip pollen

  • 19 June 2012

Tap away most of the pollen from a fully opened tulip

Up-cycle Styrofoam packaging to create a low pave design

  • 19 June 2012

Polystyrene or Styrofoam makers ideal shapes to pin or glue plant material to.

Delicate Decorative Barbed Wire

  • 12 June 2012

Very thin barbed wire to add contrast to a soft and fluffy design

Sticky Shooting Star

  • 12 June 2012

Glue gypsophila sticks, flowers and dandelion seeds into a star shape

Making the Bug Box

  • 5 June 2012

The tiny bug box is perfect to carry wedding rings in by a dapper Ring Bearer

Making the Butterfly Net

  • 5 June 2012

A woven butterfly net to carry scatter petals in for a small flower girl

Unravel Bind-Wire

  • 3 June 2012

Unravelling bind-wire from the inside out, keeps it from tangling.

Plaiting a palm thorn garland

  • 30 May 2012

This is the basic technique used in traditional Easter crafts to plait a crown of thorns.

Drying Hydrangeas: Fast, Flat or Natural

  • 30 May 2012

Use all three methods to dry hydrangeas to get three very different textures to use in design work.

Spiral twig frog

  • 22 May 2012

Multiple tiny twigs create a flower frog to keep the delicate buds and leaves in the exact spot you want.

Filling a vase with water without disturbing the design details

  • 22 May 2012

Break the water flow when you fill a vase with details in that can move with the stream of water

Harvesting cyclamen flowers and foliage

  • 22 May 2012

Cyclamen stems are so close together that it is easy to damage the plant when cutting stems.

Bite and snap a sturdy twig

  • 22 May 2012

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

Stringing pearls

  • 16 May 2012

Long blades of thin grass or ripped flax are ideal for stringing decorative beads

Mikado Reed drop shaped nest

  • 16 May 2012

A sturdy shape made by binding Mikado reeds keeps the thin strands of flax in place.

Nestled grass pebble

  • 8 May 2012

Weave a grass pebble for flowers to nestle in

Cinderella Spiral Pumpkin from Midelino Cane Coils

  • 1 May 2012

Tie Midelino Cane coils to make a spiral armature

A plait, a braid or a French knot grass collar

  • 25 April 2012

"Plaid" and "braid" are synonyms, and where you are from will most likely dictate whether you use plait (British) or braid (American or Celtic). Some people also refer to cornrows as braids or refer to pinned up plaits as braids. A French braid is a braiding technique.

Floral Fridge magnet in a nutshell

  • 19 April 2012

Tuck one half of a corsage magnet in a nutshell before designing to create a floral fridge magnet

Staining Midelino cane Coils

  • 13 April 2012

White Midelino cane is easy to stain in any colour

Drying Mushrooms for Floral Art

  • 13 April 2012

I use edible mushrooms in my designs. To preserve them I press a tiny stake into the base and let them air-dry.

A secret trick to conditioning new growth

  • 13 April 2012

Conditioning new growth and sprouts are difficult because the little sprouts have not had time to fully develop its cellular structure to survive being cut and taking up water on its own. The cells will collapse within hours from severing and the beautiful new growth will wilt looking limp in your design. But new growth looks so fantastic and it is always tempting to try to include it.

Just Hatched Papier Mache Easter Eggs

  • 7 April 2012

Glue newsprint paper to balloons to make large egg shaped containers to design in

A Neighbor friendly way to deflate a balloon

  • 7 April 2012

Apart from avoiding the noise popping a balloon makes this is also a less violent way to deflate a balloon when you make Papier Mache items

Paste and cut Wooden Feathers

  • 7 April 2012

Wood glue makes wood veneer or Kyogi paper soft and playable to make feathers with

Foam pin holder drying rack

  • 7 April 2012

This is a convenient way to keep flowers perfectly upright while you wait for glue to dry.

Chrysanthemum spongy stem spacers for a floral lariat necklace

  • 3 April 2012

The inside of Chrysanthemum stems are spongy and easy to thread as stem spacers for a floral lariat necklace

Pompon Chrysanthemum, bud and eucalyptus pom-poms

  • 3 April 2012

Pompon Chrysanthemums make perfect floral pom-pom beads

Wire hairpin needle for threading flowers

  • 3 April 2012

Hairpin wire needle to pierce flowers.

Keep pod shaped flowers in bud for longer

  • 30 March 2012

Sometimes you want to keep flowers in tight bud for as long as possible to suit your design

Moss Camouflage

  • 30 March 2012

Sometimes you need a pot or vase to look more natural or completely disappear in a design. The easiest way is to cover it with moss or natural growth medium.

Use a BoutStix Floral Magnet to hang test tubes

  • 29 March 2012

This is a fast and easy way to hang test tubes in a design

Cover test tubes with moss

  • 29 March 2012

Make test tubes look a bit less obvious and more natural by covering them with moss.

Drying Physalis sepals

  • 23 March 2012

Every Autumn we see the beautiful Physalis pods everywhere but they are easy to dry and preserve to use year round.

Curl Equisetum shoots into a snail shell spiral

  • 23 March 2012

Equisetum is hollow and jointed resembling miniature bamboo but it can be shaped into spirals by wiring the shoots

Twig lattice to cover a basket

  • 23 March 2012

Make a lattice or grid cover for a basket by pressing sticks through the basket

Where to cut Tulips to condition

  • 21 March 2012

Here is a trick to make sure your tulips will condition thoroughly

BoutStix Floral Magnets as stabilizing weight for light accessories

  • 21 March 2012

Sometimes tiny accessories can be too light to neatly place in a design and needs a bit of weight to stabilize it.

Paper log stack

  • 15 March 2012

I made this log stack from cardboard covered with bark

Salty Playdough

  • 15 March 2012

Playdough is heavy, pliable, easy to mix, sticky, inexpensive and dries overnight. Perfect for floral art accessories!

Permanent Mossy Stick tree

  • 15 March 2012

Create a twig tree by using clay to secure twigs and sticks into a pot

Kyogi paper wood veneer

  • 10 March 2012

I wanted to create extremely light weight wooden blocks for my design. The easiest way is to cover Styrofoam with a Kyogi paper veneer.

Glue a round stacked twig platter

  • 6 March 2012

Stack and glue tiny twigs to create a round platter

Party Balloon water source for flowers

  • 22 February 2012

A water balloon can be a flexible and durable water source for plant material

Coiled Grass Armature

  • 22 February 2012

Connect grass covered wire rings with short reed sections to create a natural looking Floral Art armature

Gladiolus Composite

  • 15 February 2012

This looks spectacular but it is the easiest composite flower to make

Wire and bend foliage

  • 15 February 2012

Wire and bend foliage in any shape

Moss Heart

  • 7 February 2012

Biodegradable copper mesh makes the perfect shape to fill with moss to grow tiny stem plants

Love Bug

  • 1 February 2012

Heart shaped rosery vine and pine love bug

Weaving a diagonal green grass basket

  • 1 February 2012

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

Weaving Willow spheres

  • 25 January 2012

I build up the spheres by weaving willow wreaths and then use those to shape the ball

Butterfly feeler hooks for swinging test tubes

  • 18 January 2012

I don't always want to wire my test tubes into the design. I like to create a bit of movement by simply hooking the tubes to gently swing.

Butterfly hairclip claws to hold twigs in place while glue dries

  • 18 January 2012

Butterfly hair clips are the perfect little claws to help you hold tiny items in place while you wait for glue to dry

Mossy Twig handbag

  • 6 January 2012

Radiate short twigs in a circle to make a moss and twig handbag

Cellophane wrap cracked ice

  • 3 January 2012

Cellophane and plastic wrap in a clear vase, filled with water, creates a cracked ice effect

Bubble raft to float flowers

  • 3 January 2012

Flowers naturally float in water. They just don’t always naturally float on water. For that they sometimes need a bit of help.

Macramé inspired hanging test tubes

  • 28 December 2011

When I hang these delicate glass bubbles I want to make sure they are really secure. By slipping them into Macramé inspired knots they are not only hanging securely but the fishing line knots at the sides also protect them against bumps

Weaving a gift box with a lid from palm leaves

  • 20 December 2011

A great all natural gift decorating alternative

Sugar Frosted flowers, fruit or foliage

  • 15 December 2011

Egg white and sugar creates a natural frost effect

Spiral wire support pressed into a candle

  • 15 December 2011

The wire spirals are supported on wire sections pressed into the wax

Measure the height of a table design from elbow to duck beak.

  • 15 December 2011

This is an easy and quick way to make sure your table design is the right hight

Twist a twisting Wire Angel

  • 10 December 2011

Just a few twists are required to make this Wire Angel

Encouraging Moss and Lichen to grow on a design

  • 7 December 2011

This time of year is best for starting a moss garden. It needs to be cool and wet. Lichen and moss becomes dormant when it is too hot and dry.

Hang a wreath on a door without knocking nails into the door face

  • 7 December 2011

I use two methods (or a combination of both) to attach a wreath to a door.

Glue a forest filigree twig wreath

  • 7 December 2011

This wreath is not woven but glued to create a see-through forest filigree

Messy wire lace

  • 29 November 2011

I call this “lace” because I use pins to guide the wire sections together- almost like you do when making lace.

Assembling a Mobile on a twig top bar

  • 23 November 2011

Here are the two secrets to assembling a well balanced hanging sculpture: First: Let gravity do the work. Do not fight it. And Secondly: Start from the bottom of your design and work your way up. Each piece has a balance point. Find that and connect it to the piece above

Twig and glue Angel

  • 23 November 2011

Cut short sections of twigs to glue into an Angel shape

Making the waist corsage using the BoutStix Floral Magnets

  • 16 November 2011

The BoutStix Floral Magnets “stick” is the backbone of the design, strengthening the narrow heart shape and adding support and balance.

Curve a flower around the design with a T-wire

  • 9 November 2011

Gently bend and secure the Alstroemeria flower head into the twig design

Gypsophila snowball posy

  • 9 November 2011

A Posy made of Gypsophila flowers can look flat. I use a dried Hydrangea or Agapanthus flower head as a flower frog to puff it out

Weaving a twig wreath

  • 1 November 2011

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 copper wire into the weave

Suspend flowers and candy on an acetate and wire garland

  • 26 October 2011

Drape an acetate garland around the pumpkin, on the wires, to create a halo

Acetate Garland

  • 26 October 2011

Acetate is the clear plastic mostly used for packaging design. It is thicker than cellophane and holds its shape much better.

Making a parasol

  • 19 October 2011

I glued wooden slats into a frame and then wove flax string to create the floral parasol

Hana-Kubari chopsticks

  • 19 October 2011

Splitting the chopsticks or a wooden branch, such as a willow twig creates a natural (and glue-less!) clamp.

Prevent teeth marks on soft wire when you bend it with pliers

  • 13 October 2011

Even long nose pliers without grooves still damage soft aluminum wire. Pad the pliers with a plaster.

Spiral Wire Cages

  • 13 October 2011

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.

Pumpkin lid

  • 8 October 2011

Create an off-centre, slightly away from the pumpkin, lid with the stem section.

Pumpkin legs

  • 8 October 2011

I wanted my pumpkin to lift its head slightly so that it is easy to see the beautiful sepals inside. Making tiny legs also prevent the pumpkin from rolling.

Remove the berry from a Physalis pod without ripping the sepal

  • 8 October 2011

Cut the sepal from the fruit

Roll spiral blossoms

  • 8 October 2011

Cut leaves and petals and roll a spiral blossom

Twig and skeleton leaf Stick Insect

  • 29 September 2011

Made from dried cherry twigs and a skeleton leaf.

Inserting leaves into slim slats

  • 21 September 2011

Guide the fall leaves into the slats with the long length of a needle

Weaving with tufts of grass

  • 21 September 2011

The fine sections of grass are securely woven and interwoven and resting on the wooden slats. It looks very fragile but is secure enough to use.

Birch wood coffee stir sticks fan

  • 21 September 2011

I wanted to make a thin and delicate fan with open spaced slats for weaving plant material through.

Making the lily grass harness

  • 14 September 2011

Loops and straight sections of lily grass connected into a grass harness

Looping the lily grass shape

  • 14 September 2011

Loop lily grass around a basic structure or shape made from paper.

Autumn leaf Composite Flower

  • 6 September 2011

Glue a round Autumn leaf Composite Flower.

Twig collar

  • 6 September 2011

Create a light and transparent collar-base for the large composite flower to nestle into.

T-Wiring

  • 6 September 2011

A t-wire create a stem to insert grass or twigs to shadow a design without laying flat

Autumn leaf Roses

  • 6 September 2011

I used to make baskets full of these when I was a little girl. We had a big Acasia thorn tree and I used to spear my “roses” onto the tree pretending I was the fairy responsible for bringing blossoms.

Removing Oasis Floral Adhesive glue spills

  • 30 August 2011

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.

Suspending and positioning a Phalaenopsis orchid under water

  • 30 August 2011

Flowers naturally float and you will need some kind of sinker to keep them suspended under water.

Curving Calla Lilies

  • 30 August 2011

Follow the flower's natural curve but you can also curve only sections to create an elegant crescent or a curve at the tip of the stem

Placing orchids in test tubes

  • 25 August 2011

Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.

Stain wooden skewers with natural dye

  • 24 August 2011

Using fruit, berries, flowers, leaves and grasses to naturally stain design details for floral art relies on the same techniques as using paint or any other dye.

Oasis Receptacle

  • 24 August 2011

I rarely use Oasis as a water source. But I love to use it as a sculptural medium to carve re-usable shapes for my floral art

Cut spiked flower stems and foliage into short sections

  • 16 August 2011

Orchids grow in long flower spikes. It is great to use the entire stem but sometimes you need shorter section. There is a trick to cutting the stems without leaving a visible blunt stem.

Fast way to fill a lot of test tubes in awkward places

  • 16 August 2011

I do not believe in arranging flowers without a water source of some kind. I want my flowers to remain as beautiful for as long as possible and I often get quite creative to ensure a water source for even finer stems and blossoms.

Twig cocoon

  • 16 August 2011

Cherry twig frame for my cocoon design

Free standing basket

  • 10 August 2011

I tied the strong inside veins of the 5 Aspidistra leaves (that I used to make the garland with) to make my basket armature.

Foliage Pleat Garland

  • 10 August 2011

Folding a garland from strips of a Aspidistra leaf

Alliums "breath freshener"

  • 10 August 2011

Lessen the smell of Garlic and Onion related flowers

Curl Allium stems while conditioning

  • 10 August 2011

Allium stems twist and turn and follow sunlight

Corsage Magnets

  • 3 August 2011

Most contemporary corsages and boutonnieres are now fixed with magnets and no longer pins that could damage fabric

Weaving a heart from shaved wood strips

  • 3 August 2011

I wove my basic heart shape from shaven wood strips but you can use flax, grape vine, willow or any other flexible plant material

Copper Wire Ring

  • 26 July 2011

Bend and curl a adjustable copper wire ring

Wire Tendrils

  • 26 July 2011

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

Create a flat base to glue small florets securely

  • 26 July 2011

Make a small loop the size of your ring to create a flat surface to glue your tiny plant material on.

Weaving a fan basket

  • 21 July 2011

Dark and dramatic burgundy lilies are tucked in low to line a fan shaped basket that unravels into an unruly nest

Weaving a bird

  • 21 July 2011

I wove my bird from shaved wood but you can also use flax, coconut palm (more traditional) or paper or ribbon

Paper Foundation for Kyogi paper wood curls

  • 11 July 2011

Gently curl and tuck strips of Kyogi paper to form a tangle of curls and scatter a few orchids to create the impression that a gust of wind just blew it that way

Tie an Iris leaf tassel

  • 5 July 2011

A tassel (also called a tuft) consist of: A suspending cord, the body, a fringed or ornamental skirt

Cover the drinking straw test tube with bark

  • 29 June 2011

I made about 100 rose stem test tubes for my Zipper Design

Twig Zipper

  • 29 June 2011

I wanted my Zipper to be "edgy" rather than "peaceful", so using bamboo or reeds or willow would not be appropriate.

Making wire roots for the "fabric" at the back of the design

  • 19 June 2011

I wanted a delicate, yet rough "fabric" to back my edgy Zipper. Something that will stand up to the thorns and rose twigs but not over power them. It definitely had to predominantly plant material: I chose roots and bullion wire.

Foliage Weaving

  • 8 June 2011

For this tutorial I focus on a simple weave pattern that does not require you to soften or prepare the leaves to be more durable or flexible. This is the starting point in weaving techniques. You can build on this technique to make floral handbags, gift boxes, and baskets, sew it into a curve or wrap it around a vase or cover a test tube.

Papier Mache

  • 2 June 2011

I save all the thin tissue paper or un-printed newsprint papers that are wrapped around the flowers that are delivered to me to make batches of Papier Mache with. These sheets make fantastic Papier Mache because it is designed to be super absorbent and colour fast.

Lining containers to make them waterproof

  • 1 June 2011

If you use Papier Mache, terracotta or clay or any precious container that might scratch, rust, or discolour or disintegrate when it's in prolonged contact with water it is best to line the container with plastic before you add wet foam.

Wire apples and seal the insertion point

  • 20 May 2011

Adding whole apples to a hand-tied or wired design is easier if each apple is wired to craft stems that can bend and twist into place. For an arrangement I would recommend using picks or sticks instead of wires

Slow down tulip growth, after the stems have been severed from the bulbs

  • 11 May 2011

Tulips continue to grow after being cut. Sometimes when you make a very small design or for competition or bridal work you want to minimize growth. The best way to do this is to divert their energy.

Unravel wire from a copper pot scrubber

  • 5 May 2011

Up-cycle a pot scrubber to get a huge roll of very pretty copper wire

Wire Tiara

  • 5 May 2011

Bend and wrap the Tiara out of wire.

Wire baubles

  • 5 May 2011

Make baubles from wire

Wire curls

  • 5 May 2011

curl wire to add to designs

Add flowers to the Copper wire Tiara

  • 5 May 2011

Decorate the wire tiara with florets, curls and baubles

Weave a willow twig blind

  • 26 April 2011

Weave twigs in parallel to create a twig blind with strong but natural horizontal lines.

Natural stem hook to hang plant material from

  • 26 April 2011

Side stems of branches can be used as hooks to hang floral material in a design.

Test tube on a stick

  • 22 April 2011

Include a single floret (such as an orchid) or bundle a few weaker stems (such as lily of the valley) into an arrangement or hand tie by wiring a test tube to a stick.

Decorate the wrist corsage

  • 15 April 2011

Glue rosette shaped succulents onto the wrist corsage

Wind Spinner

  • 13 April 2011

My inspiration for my Harnessing the Wind design was a wind spinner.

Bark covered Wreath

  • 31 March 2011

Keep in mind that in order to make a realistic looking fantasy design element, such as the wreath, you must focus on how this item would grow in nature.

Mud balls

  • 30 March 2011

How to cover Styrofoam, plastic, oasis and fibreglass balls with mud.

Anchoring Mushrooms onto the design with a mud putty

  • 30 March 2011

How to make a sticky putty out of mud

Wired Monkey Vine

  • 30 March 2011

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 the wire from rust by creating a protective layer

Mud Bricks

  • 30 March 2011

Made in a similar way to larger bricks used to build with

Spinning a Hot Glue Spider Web or silk for a Floral Cocoon

  • 28 March 2011

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

Condition Epiphyte Orchids

  • 24 March 2011

How to condition Orchids to use as plants in an arrangement without placing the roots in a growth medium

Mud Pie baskets

  • 23 March 2011

I made the baskets from plastic cupcake cups.

Tiny Note books

  • 22 March 2011

Binding books with a paper band

Serviette rings

  • 21 March 2011

Create a serviette ring from fall leaves, acorns, wire and tissue paper

Butterfly Net

  • 20 March 2011

You will need wire, a short stick, twig, dowel or bamboo and net.

Melting Wax for Floral Art

  • 19 March 2011

For Floral Art the temperature of the wax rarely exceeds the minimum melting point.

Reed Hourglass

  • 18 March 2011

Glue small sections of Mikado Reeds into a hour glass shape

The Floral Hourglass Wax Foundation

  • 18 March 2011

Pour a foundation from cardboard and wax

Patina Copper

  • 18 March 2011

The colour and the effect will vary due to application, temperature and humidity.

Made to fit carrier to transport the wax shape foundation

  • 18 March 2011

Although the wax is strong it is also soft and can easily be damaged. I make carriers for my wax shapes so that it doesn't damage in transit.

Making a Wax bowl using a mould

  • 14 March 2011

Dip shapes into wax to create a bowl

Wire and bend Equisetum

  • 13 March 2011

Create lasting shapes by wiring Equisetum

Hot Glue nest

  • 10 March 2011

Place a plate under your hot glue gun to catch drips when you work. You can use these drops of dried glue later in designs

Cover fruit with wax

  • 8 March 2011

Dipping red grapes in pale wax creates a cloudy layer that is not only anti-bacterial (prevents fruit from spoiling and releasing the ethylene gas) but also gives depth and instantly attracts attention.

Reflex Tulip Petals

  • 3 March 2011

Tulip petals can be opened or reflexed to create a fuller bloom

Wax Disk

  • 2 March 2011

I loved how peaceful this smooth wax looked when combined with the tulip and tendrils. Like a lily floating on a pond.

Paper covered Wire

  • 1 March 2011

Cover the wire with the raffia

Paper flowers

  • 28 February 2011

You can use any type of paper to make flowers. I use tissue paper, Crêpe paper, cardboard, newsprint and coffee filters (new and used) to make sweet peas, carnations, paper roses, blossoms, lilies, poppies and orchids.

Relaxing Lavender Salt Spa Bath

  • 27 February 2011

Made from crushed Lavender and Salt

Types of Floral Foam

  • 20 February 2011

Dry foam (normally a grey block) used for dried or artificial flower arrangements, wet foam (normally a green block) for fresh flower arrangements and decorative Rainbow Oasis (foam or powder).

Soaking Floral Foam

  • 20 February 2011

Each block of foam holds forty times its own weight in water. One brick holds two litres of water

Pebbles

  • 19 February 2011

Cut and smooth pebbles out of Rainbow Oasis

Rainbow Oasis rocks!

  • 19 February 2011

Trying all kinds of floral foam to get the best results when carving

Cover plastic test tubes with Oasis Rainbow Foam powder

  • 19 February 2011

Covering test tubes with foam make them completely disappear in a design

Hanging Jars

  • 17 February 2011

Add a handle to jars to hang in a design

How to use Rainbow Oasis in Powder form

  • 17 February 2011

Create colourful designs with Powdered Rainbow Oasis

Hanging Jar tea light lantern

  • 16 February 2011

Set candles into the soaked powder

Rainbow Oasis Hearts

  • 11 February 2011

Cut heart shapes out of Rainbow Oasis

Using Oasis to weigh down an underwater garland

  • 11 February 2011

Soaked Oasis is heavy and can be used as weights to hold design details under water

Cut Rainbow Oasis shapes to make multi-coloured designs

  • 8 February 2011

Mix and match Rainbow Oasis colours to create patterns

Felt

  • 1 February 2011

How to tangle wool into felt and make pebbles, felt strips and test tube covers

Brick on a stick

  • 29 January 2011

Create simple but effective stands for Floral Art

Broken chips of ground

  • 29 January 2011

Add chips of soil as accessories to your Floral Design

Melt plastic Soda Bottles into the "water" shapes

  • 29 January 2011

Heat makes the plastic distort creating fantastic shapes

Ripping Flax

  • 14 January 2011

Flax can be ripped into fibres creating long and versatile strips

Beaded wire

  • 14 January 2011

Thread thin wire with tiny beads

Palm leaf Hopper-flies (grasshoppers and butterflies)

  • 5 January 2011

Weave grasshoppers or butterflies (or fireflies) from palm leaves

Peel a Protea flower

  • 5 January 2011

Peel away the tepals and bracts from a Protea flower hear to make a large composite flower orb

Drinking straw "test tubes"

  • 4 January 2011

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

Syringe with tube

  • 3 January 2011

Easy way to fill test tubes and easiest way to remove water from a vase

Lilies

  • 2 January 2011

How to keep Lilies in bud for longer. Removing the pollen. Stringing a Lily Garland.

Sisal Stars

  • 1 January 2011

Paper towel cardboard tubes create the basic shape of my stars

Equisetum

  • 1 January 2011

Create a natural flower "test tube" or a light with Equisetum

Test tubes

  • 1 January 2011

To prevent bacterial growth that diminishes the vase life of your flowers wash your test tubes after every use.