My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Willow flower crown

Measure the size of the crown.

Use a length of ribbon to measure the width of the person’s head to custom design the crown. This way you can have the measurements ahead of time and start weaving the fresh plant material just before the wedding.

Measure out the fresh and pliable willow stems

Measure out the fresh and pliable willow stems

Gather the stems and start to gently manipulate them by bending it down the length of the stem

Gather the stems and start to gently manipulate them by bending it down the length of the stem. This way you make the stems more pliable so that you can weave it without snapping the stems

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to bend and manipulate stems

Secure the stems at one end with an elastic band

Secure the stems at one end with an elastic band. The band will be removed but it makes it easier to weave the stems

Gently plait and weave the stems into a long tangle.

Gently plait and weave the stems into a long tangle.

Insert new stems and continue to weave and plait.

Insert new stems and continue to weave and plait.

Measure the ribbon against the plaited willow to see if it is long enough

Measure the ribbon against the plaited willow to see if it is long enough

Remove the elastic band and weave the two ends together to connect the willow crown.

Remove the elastic band and weave the two ends together to connect the willow crown.

Fit the crown and make adjustments if necessary

Fit the crown and make adjustments if necessary

Glue in the flowers, moss and sparkling beads

Glue in the flowers, moss and sparkling beads

I keep my flowers hydrated by inserting tiny little drinking straw test tubes in to the design. See the Tutorial below for more details

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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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