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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Whipped up in the autumn breeze

Whipped up in the autumn breeze floral art design

1 pretty pumpkin, (about as big as you can carry home, maybe a little bigger), with a cheeky sideways stem. The equivalent of about 3 cups solid packed canned Look-at-me-I-am-cute-pumpkiness

Pumpkin display

1 ½ flaky autumn vine wreath

Autumn wreath

All purpose autumn happiness, for work surface

Chrysanthemums

2 handful assorted pumpkin spiced coloured chrysanthemums

Tiny acorns on the wreath

3 pockets full of freshly picked up acorns (I only had three pockets… note to self: need bigger/more pockets)

Autumn leaves

Gathered autumn leaves (see above note on pockets)

Autumn treasures on a wreath

1 tablespoon sparkling dew drop beads (or to taste)

Pumpkin wreath display

1 pinch of light sweater weather

Vine tendrils on an autumn wreath

1 ½ cups plus 2 tablespoons packed wildly enthusiastic tendrils (dried)

Vine tendrils and chrysanthemums on an autumn wreath

Whipped autumn breeze, for serving

(based on what you will need to make the ultimate classic pumpkin pie)

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Tutorials

4 October 2017 Display wreath that hover around a big shiny pumpkin

For this design I wanted my wreath to be light and airy so that it just whips around the solid pumpkin like a breeze.

1 November 2011 Weaving a twig wreath

For my design I wanted the wreath to look wind blown so I added a few loosely woven twigs into the weave. I also wanted to emphasize the autumn colours so I added a twirling...

6 November 2013 Leaf Swirls

Cut fall leaves to create continuous swirls

4 December 2013 Flower Girl Red Net Basket

Weave a twig wreath for an easy net basket

11 February 2015 Willow Heart Wand

4 May 2016 Loosened Wreath Armature

Snip a dried twig wreath to undo the spirals to hang around a glass container

24 May 2017 Chain link wreath weaving

Weave a few small wreaths to connect

27 September 2017 Tendril vine Wreath Pumpkin

Reshape a vine wreath into smaller wreaths to combine as a pumpkin

16 October 2012 Taco-shaped twig armature

Make a half-moon shaped armature to fill with flowers

26 October 2016 Folded Bleached Baby’s Breath Wreath Armature

Glued Baby's Breath Wreath, folded in half to create a moon shaped armature

28 October 2015 Besom Broom

The word ‘Besom’ derives from the old English ‘besma’ meaning ‘bundle of twigs’.

Favourite Flowers

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum or "mums"

Related Designs

1 November 2017 A Round

Create a delicate design that rests lightly on the edge of a container

1 November 2011 On The Street Where You Live

A floral design snapshot of what it looks like when walking down the streets of Vancouver this week.

20 January 2011 The last Vine Wreath

Every designer knows how to stretch their supplies. We use and re-use our dried plant material until our fellow designers feel like hiding it from us. I formed such an...

10 April 2011 Feeling Funky

I wove vine wreaths to form a pyramid, one just slightly larger than the next. In the natural cavities between the wreaths I placed the roses and lisianthus in plastic covered...

30 March 2011 Garden Wreath Workshop and Demonstration

Contemporary Wreath Design demonstration as part of the Durbanville Garden Club's annual Garden Festival, Western Cape, South Africa

11 April 2011 Veiled Sunshine:50th Anniversary of the South African Orchid Society at the Cape Town Convention Centre.

Bright and sunny cymbidium orchids and roses, lilies, lisianthus and pincushions

6 November 2013 This is the Fragrance of November

Weave a wreath to thread a dome for an Autumn leaf design

4 December 2013 Red, Redder, Reddest!

My article and flower girl net basket design featured in the Red!issue of <strong>DIY Weddings Magazine</strong>

11 February 2015 Love Spell

Weave willow to create a heart shaped wand design

21 October 2015 Watch the leaves turn

Roll autumn leaves to create a wreath

4 May 2016 Ring-a-round

Open a vine wreath to create a spiral twig armature around a glass container

19 October 2016 There are Octobers

Autumn wreath

27 September 2017 As tendrils tend to do

Curl a wreath with tendrils to create a twig-pumpkin

7 October 2011 Thanksgiving Harvest

Thanksgiving pumpkin with Chinese lanterns and spiral blossoms

16 October 2012 Bright, brighter… brightest!

Celebrate the bright colours of autumn with lilies and Chinese lanterns

26 October 2016 Harvest Moon

Fold a fine twig wreath in half to create a moon shaped armature

28 October 2015 On Pumpkin Coloured Days

Create a besom broom to sweep up those Autumn leaves