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Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Twig snippet vase armature

Cover a glass vase with cling wrap

Cover a glass vase with cling wrap. Smooth it down

Glue twig snippets to closely follow the shape

Glue twig snippets to closely follow the shape

Curve the snippets around the vase

Curve the snippets around the vase

Follow all the curves of the vase.

Follow all the curves of the vase.

Lift the first half of the twig vase away and set it aside

Lift the first half of the twig vase away and set it aside

Start on the other half as you did the first

Start on the other half as you did the first

Carefully build up the shape as you did with the first half

Carefully build up the shape as you did with the first half

Cover the shape with twig snippets

Cover the shape with twig snippets

Fit the two halves together to make sure the entire surface is covered

Fit the two halves together to make sure the entire surface is covered

Connect the two halves at one side with additional twig snippets

Connect the two halves at one side with additional twig snippets

Make sure to glue the twigs to both sides of the armature.

Make sure to glue the twigs to both sides of the armature.

Wiggle the twigs to make sure it is secure

Wiggle the twigs to make sure the shape is secure. Add twigs or glue down twigs where needed.

Slip your fingers between the vase and the twigs to release the shape

Slip your fingers between the vase and the twigs to release the shape

Lift the twig shape away from the vase.

Lift the twig shape away from the vase.

Place the vase upside down on a working surface

Place the vase upside down on a working surface

Glue twigs to create the base of the vase shape

Glue twigs to create the base of the vase shape

Overlap the twigs to create a secure shape.

Overlap the twigs to create a secure shape.

Lift the twig snippets from the vase

Lift the twig snippets from the vase

And fit it to the twig armature to make sure it is the right size

And fit it to the twig armature to make sure it is the right size. Add twigs if necessary. Do not glue it down yet so that it is easier to design the flowers in the vase part of the armature.

I made the clear part of the armature by melting plastic

I made the clear part of the armature by melting plastic.

Plastic shapes

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to melt plastic into curved shapes

Gently open up the twig shape.

Gently open up the twig vase shape.

Place some of the plastic shapes in the twig shape

Place some of the plastic shapes in the twig shape

Glue in a few tubes to keep the flowers hydrated.

Glue in a few tubes to keep the flowers hydrated.

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how I make my own test tubes from drinking straws

Fill the tubes with water and add flowers

Fill the tubes with water and add flowers

Add a few more plastic shapes so that the flowers peek through

Add a few more plastic shapes so that the flowers peek through

Continue to add plastic shapes and tubes to spill out of the twig vase armature

Continue to add plastic shapes and tubes to spill out of the twig vase armature

Add in longer plastic shapes to tumble down

Add in longer plastic shapes to tumble down

Close up the open side of the twig snipped vase

Close up the open side of the twig snipped vase

And glue in twigs to secure

And glue in twigs to secure

Fit the bottom piece of the twig snippet vase and secure with twigs

Fit the bottom piece of the twig snippet vase and secure with twigs

Finish the design with a few more flowers and grass snippets for contrast

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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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