My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Let the scissors bite into the twig.

Make small but firm pinch cuts all the way around the twig.

This creates a scribe line

The twig will now easily snap in two right on the scribe line.

Neat and without having to saw.

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Related Designs

22 May 2012 Lean

Place short twigs, leaning to one side to create a flower frog

7 December 2011 Forest Filigree Christmas Wreath

I wanted my Hazel twig wreath to look like forest filigree: mysteriously overgrown, tangled with age and dappled with moss and lichen. The wreath is also dressed with fresh and...

19 February 2011 Crossing Boundaries

Twig waterfall creates the boundary between the "under" and the "over" of the design. Tutorial: How to cover test tubes with Rainbow Oasis

11 April 2011 Glass

A small pane of glass connects the top and the bottom of the design

12 April 2011 Intimate Dinner For Two- Table Setting Competition Class

Floral Sushi Dinner, for two

3 July 2012 Twig-a-tude

Stack and wire twigs to create a twig mushroom with attitude for summer

7 April 2012 Spring Clean

A clean Easter design. The tiny blossoms are Kalanchoe 'Calandiva Pink'. Tucked low in the paper eggs are a few Cymbidium orchids and the twigs are contorted hazel. The...

24 July 2012 A little bit of Art and Soul

A twig structure with roses

16 October 2012 Bright, brighter… brightest!

Celebrate the bright colours of autumn with lilies and Chinese lanterns

24 December 2012 Please have snow… and presents under the tree

Wire a Tiny Twig Treasure Trunk for small Christmas gifts

30 January 2013 It's High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with wire techniques

This was my last two designs for my It's High Time for Tea Floral Craft and Art Demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging Club meeting

20 February 2013 Designing with Mother Nature

Retail florists and wholesalers are already designing, ordering and preparing their product range for Mother's Day. This is my article that I wrote for the Mother's Day Design...

14 August 2013 Something Like This

Stack and glue a large twig rectangle to hang as room divider

25 September 2013 All that glitters is gold

Phalaenopsis Orchid made from Autumn leaves

2 October 2013 Prickly

Build a twig porcupine armature for fall flowers

18 December 2013 Jingle Belling

Glue a stacked twig round-about to use as a Christmas table top wreath

1 January 2014 It's the moment you recognize the greatest source of strength in something... oh, so fragile

Fragile ice baubles, cyclamen and moss design

8 January 2014 It's stick season!

Snap and stack an glue a few twigs to create a lace like armature

22 January 2014 How do you do?

Snow and twigs winter design

21 May 2014 Square

Glue a stick cube to fit a cube vase

11 June 2014 To

Make a quick and easy twig disk armature

18 June 2014 Stuck stick

Glue a few sticks to create a hollowed out crescent armature

10 September 2014 Creativity will come

My Twig Bridal Basket design and Tutorial featured in the Extraordinary Wedding Flowers issue of the <strong> New Zealand Floral Design Magazine</strong>

26 November 2014 Late Autumn Early Christmas.

Glue a ground foundation for a late autumn design

3 December 2014 Finding Common Ground

My article and twig boutonniere design featured in the Winter issue of <strong>DIY Weddings Magazine </strong>

7 January 2015 Any Which Way

Using a traditional Ikabana Kenzan to place flowers in a shallow container

18 March 2015 Spring Dreaming

A bowl full of miniature Chrysanthemums

25 March 2015 Pulling some Strings

Braid a twig blind armature

30 April 2015 Layer

Design One from my Inspiration Video: Use the same floral ingredients, willow twigs, Lichen, Spanish Moss, Kalanchoe and Gypsophila to make three distinctly different contemporary...

24 June 2015 Staying connected

My article and a floral cell phone re-charge station design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

29 July 2015 Beautiful Things

Glue a few twigs into a disk armature

9 September 2015 Fall Treasures

A sisal mat armature for fall twigs flowers and leaves

28 October 2015 On Pumpkin Coloured Days

Create a besom broom to sweep up those Autumn leaves

9 December 2015 On a Grand Scale

My article and a floral panel design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

10 February 2016 Be My Twig-Heart

Glue an upright twig heart for a freestanding Valentine's display

17 February 2016 Where would you put it!?!

Tie a twig armature enclosure for fresh flowers

6 April 2016 Take it for a Spin

Make a clear grid to suspend plant material on

20 April 2016 That Will Be

Freestanding willow twig armature design

27 April 2016 Sprout

A sneaky way to condition new growth to add into your Spring design

8 June 2016 When the wind whisper

Glue a fantasy forest from Popsicle sticks, grape vine tendrils and willow tips

24 August 2016 Details

Glue twigs to create a vase shaped armature

2 November 2016 Pick your poison

A Fun Halloween design with "poisonous mushrooms" tucked between the moss and petals

30 November 2016 All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate): Worth a second look

This was the fourth (and last) design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration

4 January 2017 New Year's Wreath

Decorate an artificial wreath with fresh flowers and frosted twigs

18 January 2017 Look at you!

Tie twigs to shape a hanging armature

8 February 2017 It could hold

A fragile looking heart made from twigs that can hold a lot of orchids

26 April 2017 In no time at all

Hana-Kubari twig armature

12 July 2017 Sparkler

A radiating twig design

6 September 2017 One of those difficult questions

Glue a bunch of twigs inside a container to create a round stack

25 October 2017 When the pretty eyeballs you back!

Barely there skeleton blossoms with Eucalyptus eyes for my Halloween design... Oh! and a Willow Paddle, which probably should have been the main Tutorial... but... well...

1 November 2017 A Round

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

8 November 2017 Psithurism

Craft a three tiered, dried autumn leaf armature

22 November 2017 How do squirrels Cache a tree?

Hoard a few acorns in the fork of a twig to show off a single oncidium orchid.

29 November 2017 Marcescent

Glue a delicate autumn room devider

13 December 2017 Just hear those sleigh bells jingling

Craft a bark sleigh that will last for weeks.

28 February 2018 March Days

Line up a few frosted twigs to march across a shallow container

25 April 2018 Get in line!

Line up a few pussy willow twigs for a hanging armature

14 November 2018 For just this moment… let’s take a break

Simplicity to showcase the perfection of the Lisianthus buds

5 December 2018 Personal Preference

The third design I did for my book launch demonstration looking at aspects that influences my effortless style of designing.

16 January 2019 Every. Single. Week.

Stand tulips upright in a shallow container with a suspended twig armature.

6 February 2019 Tread softly on winter

A delicate winter twig armature to show off the delicate beauty of these early spring coloured tulips.

13 February 2019 Pick Love

Craft a willow heart to display 12 red roses to celebrate Valentine's Day.

17 April 2019 Hopping with Excitement

A hoppingly-fun Spring design for Easter.

15 May 2019 Heard it through the grapevine?

Have you heard? I have wonderful news this week. Oh! and I also have this pretty grapevine armature shaped like the petals of an open rose to show you. But... Have you heard...

5 June 2019 Add up!

Stacking green stems to create an armature for short stemmed flowers.

17 July 2019 … and... a bit more... effort… to make it special

Instead of just placing a handful of twigs and two stems of sweet peas in a vase... why not...?