My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Up-cycle Styrofoam packaging to create a low pave design

It is not easy to find a place that can recycle polystyrene or Styrofoam, mostly because it is almost impossible to re-make it into high quality polystyrene. But it is really easy to find uses for the sheets you receive as packaging. Don't trash it. Re-purpose it!

You can either pin or glue the plant material to the Styrofoam shape. Pinning is best if you want to re-use the shape.

Styrofoam is also ideal if you want the design to float on water.

Cut sections of wire.

Cut sections of wire.

Press the wire into the foam to start a grid.

Press the wire into the foam to start a grid.

Continue to add and weave in wires.

Continue to add and weave in wires.

Add wires to make a firm grid.

Add wires to make a stable grid that will carry the weight of water filled test tubes and flowers.

Test the wires as you weave to make sure they can carry the weight of the flowers.

Weave each wire over and under the previous wire to add support.

Styrofoam and wire grid.

Styrofoam and wire grid.

Cut away any bumps or imperfections from the Styrofoam.

Cut away any bumps or imperfections from the Styrofoam

Glue dried Eucalyptus leaves to the Styrofoam frame.

Glue dried Eucalyptus leaves to the Styrofoam frame.

Test the glue you use to make sure it will be invisible. If you use hot glue make sure the glued area will be closed by the next leave to cover all heat burns.

Follow the natural curve of the eucalyptus leaves.

Follow the natural curve of the eucalyptus leaves.

Overlap each leaf to cover the entire surface.

Overlap each leaf to cover the entire surface.

Create a harmonious pattern with the dried leaves.

Create a harmonious pattern with the dried leaves.

Hang water filled test tubes to the grid and design.

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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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