Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Craft a Spring basket from a wreath
Cut a wreath into sections...
For my design I cut and gathered 5 loops. If you want the gaps to be smaller wire in a few more loops.
The basket is wired to the sturdiest loop. This will also be the handle.
Place the first loop around this sturdy loop.
Tie it with wire to secure.
Place the next loop halfway between these loops and wire to secure
Do the same on the other side to shape the bottom of the basket.
Weave in another loop to cross over all the loops that shape the bottom of the basket, and secure with wire. If you want a basket with smaller gaps in the bottom weave in a few more loops and space it out to create smaller gaps.
Glue in a few water tubes for the fresh flowers.
I make small water tubes from drinking straws. See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions.
Add the orchids, vines, feathers and crystals.
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...
When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.
Reshape a vine wreath into smaller wreaths to combine as a pumpkin
Weave a tiny nest with a twig hook so that you can hang it in a design
Snip a dried twig wreath to undo the spirals to hang around a glass container
I build up the spheres by weaving willow wreaths and then use those to shape the ball
Once you figure out how to do the corners weaving a diagonal shape is actually not that hard to do.
This is a great flat and open basket to take outside when “harvesting” your fall leaves, pods and flowers. Who knows, you might even find a ghost pumpkin or three…
Just like the weather is only hinting at spring, so is this design only hinting at being a basket
My article and winter white Tulle bridal basket design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine.
My article and willow birdcage design for wedding rings featured in DIY Weddings Magazine.
My article and Willow Crown design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine
Open a vine wreath to create a spiral twig armature around a glass container
Bright and sunny cymbidium orchids and roses, lilies, lisianthus and pincushions
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...