My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Ivy vine Christmas tree mobile

Some of the ivy vines might need a bit of help to become more pliable to wrap around the shape. See the detailed Tutorial below for instructions on how I manipulate twigs.

Draw a large Christmas tree shape on cardboard

Draw a large Christmas tree shape on cardboard

This will be the outline shape of your Ivy vine tree

This will be the outline shape of your Ivy vine tree

Cut out the shape.

Cut out the shape.

Strip the Ivy vine

Strip the Ivy vine

See the detailed Tutorial below for instructions on how to strip stems for weaving

Wrap the ivy vine around the cardboard

Wrap the ivy vine around the cardboard

Secure each new stem by latching in to the previous stem

Secure each new stem by latching in to the previous stem

Follow a wild, random pattern crossing over the shape

Follow a wild, random pattern crossing over the shape

Each new twig wrapped over the previous stem to secure it in place

Each new twig wrapped over the previous stem to secure it in place

Pay special attention to the outlines of the shape

Pay special attention to the outlines of the shape

Set the tree shape aside for the twigs to dry and shrink

Set the tree shape aside for the twigs to dry and shrink

Dunk the cardboard shape in a tub filled with warm water

Dunk the cardboard shape in a tub filled with warm water

Let the cardboard soak up the water to become soggy

Let the cardboard soak up the water to become soggy

Rip away the cardboard leaving the dried vine in place

Rip away the cardboard leaving the dried vine in place

Work carefully not to break the vine

Work carefully not to break the vine

Lift the ivy vine shape from the water

Lift the ivy vine shape from the water

Weave in fresh vine to fill in any gaps to complete the Christmas tree shape

Weave in fresh vine to fill in any gaps to complete the Christmas tree shape

The Ivy vine Christmas tree is now ready to design with

The Ivy vine Christmas tree is now ready to design with

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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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