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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Barely there twig tabletop Christmas tree

Place a dowel in a small container

Place a dowel in a small container. I used a Kenzan to keep the dowel upright.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to use a Kenzan.

Fold a piece of paper in half and measure it against the dowel

Fold a piece of paper in half and measure it against the dowel to make it easier for you to shape the tree.

Rip the paper to the rough shape of your tree

Rip the paper to the rough shape of your tree.

Glue the paper to the back of the dowel

Glue the paper to the back of the dowel. It is going to be removed so place small glue dots at the top, middle and bottom just to keep it in place temporarily.

Glue the first twig snippet to the dowel

Glue the first twig snippet to the dowel.

Start to shape the tree.

Start to shape the tree. Imagine what the branches would look like with a dusting of snow.

Place all the twigs to slope out and then slightly lift up

Place all the twigs to slope out and down from the mid point and then slightly lift up towards the tip. Stay within the template created by the paper at the back of the dowel.

Cover the dowel with snippets of twigs so that it blends in

Cover the dowel with snippets of twigs so that it blends in.

Add a few vine tendrils between the twigs

Add a few vine tendrils between the twigs.

Remove the paper from the back of the dowel

Remove the paper from the back of the dowel

Turn the tree around and use the twigs as a guide to add twig snippets to the other side

You can now turn the tree around and use the twigs as a guide to add twig snippets to the other side...

or cover only the one side if you prefer it to look less dense. See further down the Tutorial for instructions on how to finish it off neatly.

Paint the delicate branches with wood glue and sprinkle with fake snow

Paint the delicate branches with wood glue and sprinkle with fake snow.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to add the fake snow.

Paint the back of the dowel with wood glue

Paint the back of the dowel with wood glue...

And sprinkle the it with fake snow

And sprinkle it with fake snow to finish off the design

Cover the Kenzan with a fluffy tree skirt

Cover the Kenzan with a fluffy tree skirt (See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions) and sprinkle it with snow

Glue in tiny water tubes for the fresh flowers

Glue in tiny water tubes for the fresh flowers

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how I make tiny water tubes from drinking straws.

Paint the outside of the water tubes with wood glue and sprinkle with fake snow

Paint the outside of the water tubes with wood glue and sprinkle with fake snow.

Hang a few baubles on the twig snipped branches

Hang a few baubles on the twig snipped branches.

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Tutorials

29 November 2011 Messy wire lace

I call this “lace” because I use pins to guide the wire sections together- almost like you do when making lace.

18 January 2012 Butterfly hairclip claws to hold twigs in place while glue dries

Butterfly hair clips are the perfect little claws to help you hold tiny items in place while you wait for glue to dry

15 December 2011 Measure the height of a table design from elbow to duck beak.

This is an easy and quick way to make sure your table design is the right hight

15 December 2011 Spiral wire support pressed into a candle

The wire spirals are supported on wire sections pressed into the wax

28 December 2016 Adding snow to twigs

Glue artificial snow to twigs

6 December 2017 Fluffy pillow filler tree skirt

The fluffy stuffing found in pillows create beautiful, water repellent tree skirts.

27 November 2012 Winter Woodland Chandelier

Wrap vines and twigs around a wire frame to create a decorative woodland chandelier

27 November 2012 Fluff cotton wool for snow

Cotton balls can be unrolled and fluffed to create long garlands of "snow"

12 December 2012 Piled Pine Needle Tabletop Wreath

Use wood glue to make a light as air table top wreath from pine needles

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.

4 December 2013 Large wax snowflakes

Artificial snow can be very "chemical" and flowers deteriorate quickly when exposed to it. It also dissolves in water. I use candle wax as "snow"

16 December 2015 Ivy vine Christmas tree mobile

Twist ivy vines around a cardboard shape to create a lace fine Christmas tree mobile.

14 December 2016 Bark and Cotton Candy Cane

Cover a cardboard shape in cotton and bark to create a floral armature

8 July 2015 Using a pin to place tiny dew drop crystals

It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.

28 December 2016 A bark strip and fluffed cotton disk wreath

Cover a wreath frame with bark strips and fluffed out cotton

7 January 2015 Securing a kenzan

Temporarily adhere a traditional Ikebana Kenzan or pincushion to a shallow container.

Favourite Flowers

Narcissus

The white variety is referred to as paper white, the yellow is known as a daffodil.

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