My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Sun baked Sweetpea vine wreath

Draw two circles on a sturdy cardboard sheet.

Draw two circles on a sturdy cardboard sheet.

Cut the cardboard

Cut the cardboard

This will be the guiding shape of the wreath

This will be the guiding shape of the wreath

Cut some sun baked sweet pea vines.

Cut some sun baked sweet pea vines.

Remove any leaves and dried petals and damaged pods

Remove any leaves and dried petals and damaged pods

Start to wrap the vine around the cardboard

Start to wrap the vine around the cardboard by bending it over the edge. Be careful not to break the fragile stem

For more detailed instructions on how to bend and manipulate stems see the Tutorial below

Secure the stem by wrapping the vine over the stem end

Secure the stem by wrapping the vine over the stem end

Wrap the stem around the cardboard closely following the shape.

Wrap the stem around the cardboard following the shape.

Add another stem by hooking it under the previous stem and continue to wrap

Add another stem by hooking it under the previous stem and continue to wrap

Add more stems to cover to create a sturdy wreath

Add more stems to cover to create a sturdy wreath

Set the wreath out to dry completly in the sun

Set the wreath out to dry completly in the sun

Design note: I wanted my wreath to be pale in colour. If you want to preserve the green of the stems do not place it in the sun to dry.

To remove the cardboard soak the wreath in a water bath

To remove the cardboard soak the wreath in a warm water bath

The cardboard will become soggy making it easy to rip away

The cardboard will become soggy making it easy to rip away

Move around the wreath and rip out the soggy cardboard

Move around the wreath and rip out the soggy cardboard

Carefully lift the wreath from the water and set aside to dry out

Carefully lift the wreath from the water and set aside to dry out

Dried Lathyrus wreath ready to design with

Dried Lathyrus wreath 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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