My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Coil wire and grass to create a spring frog

Match your wire againt a dowel stick for proportion.

Match your wire against a dowel stick for proportion.

Wrap the wire around the dowel stick

Wrap the wire around the dowel stick

Move down the dowel to create a continues coil

Move down the dowel to create a continues coil

Allow the wire to slip of the dowel and continue to wrap

Allow the wire to slip off the dowel and continue to wrap

Open up the coil by stretching the spiral

Open up the coil slightly by stretching the spiral

Let the two ends overlap to create a circle

Let the two ends overlap to create a circle

Secure the wire ends with pliers

Secure the wire ends with pliers

And start on the next spiral

And start on the next spiral

And the next spiral

And the next spiral and the next... and the next. Continue to spiral the wire and combining the coils

For my design I spiralled three coils

For my design I spiralled three coils

Slip a blade of grass through the wire

Slip a blade of grass through the wire...

And spiral it around the coil.

... and spiral it around the coil.

Slip in another blade of grass and spiral

Slip in another blade of grass and spiral

and another

and another

Continue to cover the wire by gently curving and coiling the grass around the spiral

Continue to cover the wire by gently curving and coiling the grass around the spiral

To keep my wire in place I made a grid of tape

To keep my wire in place I made a grid of sellotape over a flat glass container

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to make a grid with sellotape

Place the grass coils on the grid

Place the grass coils on the grid, add a few loosely curled blades of grass and fill the container with water before adding the fresh flowers

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to curl grass

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Tutorials

15 April 2015 Stretching leaves and foliage into a ringlet curl

Most leaves and foliage can be slightly manipulated to curve or curl.

2 July 2014 Clearly invisible taped Grid

This is the easiest way to keep flower in place

2 April 2014 Turning the sellotape over the vase trick up-side-down for a sticky side out frog

Tape a grid over a vase to keep the floral details in place

13 October 2011 Spiral Wire Cages

The cage spirals to form a basket that wrap around the plump ripe berries (or you can slip in a flower) to hang as connections between the twigs.

12 June 2013 Spiral rattan and skeleton leaf bee

Spiral curl and knot a rattan bee

22 May 2012 Spiral twig frog

Multiple tiny twigs create a flower frog to keep the delicate buds and leaves in the exact spot you want.

24 February 2016 Willow Spring

Set willow tips into a spiral to create a spring design

27 November 2013 Zig-Zag leaf flower frog

Wire and fold a flat leaf to create a support to rest flowers on in a flat container

Related Designs

1 February 2017 Not yet Spring, Spring but a spring

Coil wire and grass to create a spring

7 June 2017 Dream, Job

Create a grid to rest some plant material so that it floats and some with their stems to rest in the water below

7 March 2018 Twist of its own

... a quick an easy design. Curl a few flax leaves to frame orchids

6 April 2016 Take it for a Spin

Make a clear grid to suspend plant material on

20 August 2014 Summer

A quick and easy design for summer

2 April 2014 Apricity

Turning a stand-by floral technique sticky side out

25 January 2017 What is in a basket of spectacular?

Weave a basket with dangling edges for a single orchid display

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...

18 March 2015 Spring Dreaming

A bowl full of miniature Chrysanthemums

13 April 2012 Spring Has Sprung!

The sprouts are sprouting and the bees are being and the birds are birding. Tempting as it is new growth is hard to condition. Hard, but not impossible

24 February 2016 How to make an early Spring

Roll and set willow twigs into a spring

27 November 2013 'Twas right before Christmas

Fold leaves to create a support to float orchids on