My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Barely there twig tabletop Christmas tree

Place a dowel in a small container

Place a dowel in a small container. I used a Kenzan to keep the dowel upright.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to use a Kenzan.

Fold a piece of paper in half and measure it against the dowel

Fold a piece of paper in half and measure it against the dowel to make it easier for you to shape the tree.

Rip the paper to the rough shape of your tree

Rip the paper to the rough shape of your tree.

Glue the paper to the back of the dowel

Glue the paper to the back of the dowel. It is going to be removed so place small glue dots at the top, middle and bottom just to keep it in place temporarily.

Glue the first twig snippet to the dowel

Glue the first twig snippet to the dowel.

Start to shape the tree.

Start to shape the tree. Imagine what the branches would look like with a dusting of snow.

Place all the twigs to slope out and then slightly lift up

Place all the twigs to slope out and down from the mid point and then slightly lift up towards the tip. Stay within the template created by the paper at the back of the dowel.

Cover the dowel with snippets of twigs so that it blends in

Cover the dowel with snippets of twigs so that it blends in.

Add a few vine tendrils between the twigs

Add a few vine tendrils between the twigs.

Remove the paper from the back of the dowel

Remove the paper from the back of the dowel

Turn the tree around and use the twigs as a guide to add twig snippets to the other side

You can now turn the tree around and use the twigs as a guide to add twig snippets to the other side...

or cover only the one side if you prefer it to look less dense. See further down the Tutorial for instructions on how to finish it off neatly.

Paint the delicate branches with wood glue and sprinkle with fake snow

Paint the delicate branches with wood glue and sprinkle with fake snow.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to add the fake snow.

Paint the back of the dowel with wood glue

Paint the back of the dowel with wood glue...

And sprinkle the it with fake snow

And sprinkle it with fake snow to finish off the design

Cover the Kenzan with a fluffy tree skirt

Cover the Kenzan with a fluffy tree skirt (See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions) and sprinkle it with snow

Glue in tiny water tubes for the fresh flowers

Glue in tiny water tubes for the fresh flowers

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how I make tiny water tubes from drinking straws.

Paint the outside of the water tubes with wood glue and sprinkle with fake snow

Paint the outside of the water tubes with wood glue and sprinkle with fake snow.

Hang a few baubles on the twig snipped branches

Hang a few baubles on the twig snipped branches.

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.

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The white variety is referred to as paper white, the yellow is known as a daffodil.