My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Three tier dried autumn leaf armature

Cut a large cardboard circle to almost half.

Cut a large cardboard circle to almost half. It should be just slightly bigger to create visual interest.

Cut a second circle just slightly less than half

Cut a second smaller circle... this time just slightly less than half

Cut a third cardboard circle

Cut a third slightly smaller cardboard circle, in half.

Place the cardboard circles on a flat work surface

Place the cardboard circles on a flat work surface. Play around to create an interesting pattern. Mine turned out to look a bit like a shield. Mark the position of the cardboard with pencil.

Pierce a cocktail stick through the cardboard to create a spacer between the layers

Pierce a cocktail stick through the cardboard to create a spacer between the layers.

Glue the ends of the cocktail sticks with a bit of hot glue to keep it secure

Glue the ends of the cocktail sticks with a bit of hot glue to keep it secure

Cover the surfaces with autumn leaves following the shapes

Cover the surfaces with autumn leaves following the shapes

If it is difficult to glue the leaves on the bottom section simply lift it off

If it is difficult to glue the leaves on the bottom section simply lift it off and replace it once covered. But the gap from the cocktail sticks should leave enough space to place all the leaves at once.

Lift the armature and make sure all the leaves are secure

Lift the armature and make sure all the leaves are secure. I left a few gaps for my water tubes.

Craft legs for the armature by resting it on three sticks

Craft legs for the armature by resting it on three sticks

For a more detailed information on how to craft three legged armatures see the Tutorial below.

Glue the twigs to the cardboard at the back

Glue the twigs to the cardboard at the back

Add a few twigs to make sure the entire armature is strong and stable

Add a few twigs to make sure the entire armature is strong and stable

I wanted my water tubes to be part of the cardboard armature

I wanted my water tubes to be part of the cardboard armature so that it looks like the orchids grow out of the leaves. Cut holes in the cardboard with a sharp knife.

Sink the water tubes into the cardboard hole at an angle

Sink the water tubes into the cardboard hole at an angle. The tubes should be pointing up so that the orchids can remain hydrated for as long as possible.

Set the armature aside so that the leaves shrivel and dry. This way you can cover any exposed cardboard gaps when you are ready to add the flowers.

Place the orchids in the water tubes

Place the orchids in the water tubes...

Glue in a few small leaves to extend beyond the armature

Glue in a few small leaves to extend beyond the armature.

Glue in leaves to cover any gaps where the cardboard is visible

Glue in leaves to cover any gaps where the cardboard is visible

Roll bits of wire

Roll bits of copper wire...

See the Tutorial below for more detailed information on how to roll wire baubles

And place the wire and sparkling crystals around the flowers to draw your attention

And place the wire and sparkling crystals around the flowers to draw your attention to your focal point.

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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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