My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Building up a wreath panel

Strip the foliage from a few weaving stems

Strip the foliage from a few weaving stems.

Weave the stems into a wreath

Weave the stems into a wreath.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to weave a wreath.

Weave another wreath and place it next to the first one

Weave another wreath and place it next to the first one...

Weave a third wreath exactly the same size as the two before

Weave a third wreath exactly the same size as the two before and place it in a second row...

Weave and place wreath four

Weave and place wreath four...

Weave and place wreath five and six below that

Weave and place wreath five and six below that...

Design note: Once the wreath is securely woven go back and very loosely weave in one more stem. Keep it a bit more messy so that it breaks up the neat and tidy pattern to look more wild and natural.

I have another tip for you (this time for when you place the orchids) so that it looks more natural in my newsletter. Make sure you are signed up so that you not only receive the weekly tips but can also join in the conversation about the design or tell me what is happening in your flower world. The sign up is below the post.

Twist a wire around the first wreath.

Work on a flat surface so that it's easier to keep the panel flat when you connect the wreaths. Twist a wire around the first wreath....

Extend the wire twist to the second wreath

Extend the wire twist to the second wreath and twist the wire around the wreath to secure.

Fold the wire ends in and around the wreath so that it can't catch on anything

Fold the wire ends in and around the wreath so that it can't catch on anything.

Connect the next set of wreaths

Connect the next set of wreaths...

Connect the last pair of wreaths

Connect the last pair of wreaths.

Of course you don't have to stop at six wreaths! You can craft an entire floral wall or window panel with these little wreaths.

The next step is to connect the pairs of wreaths

The next step is to connect the pairs of wreaths. Again twist the wire around the wreath this time extending up to the next wreath.

Twist the wire around the partner wreath and fold in the ends

Twist the wire around the partner wreath and fold in the ends.

Once all the wreaths are connected gently manipulate the wire so that the panel is flat on the surface.

Once all the wreaths are connected gently manipulate the wire so that the panel is flat on the surface before picking it up.

Place a pretty twig in a heavy container

Place a pretty twig in a heavy container.

Design note: the twig needs a fork or side branch for you to hang the panel. It can be almost not even there... like in my design or you can go for something more dramatic and thread the branch through the design for a "look how this grew" kind of look. For more information on designing like this making your work look magically natural you can page through my book.

Hang the panel from the side twig or fork

Hang the panel from the side twig or fork and weave in a few more weaving stems to look like they grew up and around the wires.

Glue in the water tubes to keep your flowers hydrated

Glue in the water tubes to keep your flowers hydrated... see my tip this week in the newsletter for a fun way to add a bit of an interesting angle to the orchids when you position them. The signup is below this post.

See the Tutorial below for how I make my own tiny water tubes from drinking straws.

Fill the water tubes and add the orchids

Fill the water tubes (see the Tutorial below) and add the orchids...

Weave and drape a few rosary vines around the wreaths

Weave and drape a few rosary vines around the wreaths.

Rosary vines are succulents so strictly speaking they do not need to be in water... but... I always place my stems in water because I remove them from the design afterwards to root the amazing little vines. They make such great gifts! I love having a few rooted stems to hand out. They last forever in water and can happily grow hydroponically.

Book readers turn to page: 286 for a flower wand if you are looking for more ways to use this design technique. Exactly the same... weaving, twisting the vine... adding flowers in tubes... but completely different results. It's a fun design and I think a flower girl would be absolutely enchanted to receive something like that!

Finish off the design with more tendrils and a few crystals.

Finish off the design with more tendrils and a few crystals.

Again... I have a Tutorial for you on an easy way to place the crystals... it is so delicate that it can so easily damage the design so you need a bit of help.

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Tutorials

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...

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

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

3 January 2011 Syringe with tube

Easy way to fill test tubes and easiest way to remove water from a vase

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.

26 August 2015 Sun baked Sweetpea vine wreath

A perfect way to use a Lathyrus vine after all it flowered

7 December 2011 Hang a wreath on a door without knocking nails into the door face

I use two methods (or a combination of both) to attach a wreath to a door.

7 September 2016 Willow flower crown

Loosely weave willow tips to create an ethereal crown

11 February 2015 Stripping foliage from weaving stems

Remove foliage from stems to weave with

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

7 February 2018 Bend Wired Equisetum into a Hollow Wreath

Craft a wreath with a hollow cavity inside to use as an armature for your flowers

9 January 2019 Winter white Tulle bridal basket

Craft a delicate bridal basket from twigs and tulle.

5 September 2018 Wisteria Wreath Vine

Weave tiny vine wreaths on the leave stems of a stripped Wisteria vine

Favourite Flowers

Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid

Ceropegia woodii

Rosary vine, Chain of Hearts, Collar of hearts and String of hearts

Related Designs

24 June 2020 End Up

Connect small wreaths to create a pretty summer armature to arrange your flowers on.

16 September 2020 The circle of making new things:

A wreath armature design for early Autumn... this takes the split armature Tutorial I showed you last month a little bit further.

26 August 2015 Bent

Weave a wreath from sweetpea stems and tendrils

17 August 2016 Strangeness

Weave a wreath to display air plants on

7 September 2016 You are all invited!

My article and Willow Crown design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

24 May 2017 Link

weave a few wreaths to link

27 September 2017 As tendrils tend to do

Curl a wreath with tendrils to create a twig-pumpkin

7 February 2018 Up around the bend

Bend Equisetum into curves to wire into an open wreath shape

9 January 2019 Magical Craftsmanship

My article and winter white Tulle bridal basket design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine.

5 September 2018 Wreath Vine Season!

Weave tiny wreaths on the stems of Wisteria vines