My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Three Twig Bundle Braid

"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.

To begin... strip the foliage away from thin twigs. See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions

Tie the bundles of twigs at one end

Tie the bundles of twigs at one end

Start at the thin end and braid the stems together.

Start at the thin end and braid the stems together working your way down to the tied ends.

Knot the ends

Knot the ends by wrapping a thin stem and tying it

Wiggle the stems to create volume

Wiggle your fingers into the twigs and pull it apart gently to create a looser plait with more volume

Hook your finger around individual twigs to pull it from the braid

Hook your finger around a few individual twigs to pull it from the braid to create space for the flowers to nestle in

Twig braid ready to design with

Twig braid ready to design with. Set it aside to dry in this shape

Cut the stem away that kept the tips in place

Cut the stem away that kept the tips in place

And remove the elastic bands

And remove the elastic bands

I placed my twig braid on a

I placed my twig braid on a "brick on a stick" See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions

Secure the twig bundle to the stick with cable ties

Secure the twig bundle to the stick with cable ties

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to extend cable ties for bigger bundles

Cut away the long end of the cable tie

Cut away the long end of the cable tie

Add the flowers and add a few twigs to dance over the braid and flower

Add the flowers and add a few twigs to dance over the braid and flower

I made tiny test tubes to keep the flowers hydrated from drinking straws. See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions

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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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