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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Delicate Twig Hammock Armature to keep tulips upright in a shallow container

Cover a shallow container with plastic wrap

Cover a shallow container with plastic wrap.

Glue small snippets of twigs to overlap slightly

Glue small snippets of twigs to rest on the container. Make sure you glue the twigs to each other and not the container.

Glue the twigs to over the container.

Glue the twigs to over the length of the container with hot glue.

Make sure each twig is connected at at least three places to another twig

Make sure each twig is connected at, at least three places to another twig.

At the edge of the container glue in end pieces of the twigs

At the edge of the container glue in end pieces of the twigs so that it points outward and thins naturally over the edge.

Paint the connection places every here and there with glue thinned with water

Paint the connection places every here and there with glue thinned with water.

And sprinkle on some artificial snow

And sprinkle on some artificial snow.

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

Set the twig armature aside to completely dry

Set the twig armature aside to completely dry.

To suspend the armature:

Cut a slit into a sturdy twig

Cut a slit into a sturdy twig.

Bend the twig open and slip it over the edge of the container

Bend the twig open and slip it over the edge of the container.

See the designs and Tutorials below for more examples on how I use this technique.

Rest the twig armature on the twigs

Rest the twig armature on the twigs. Secure with a tiny drop of floral glue if needed.

Fill the container with water

Fill the container with water.

Cut the tulip stems flat and stand it upright in the twig armature

Cut the tulip stems flat (so that as much as possible stem area is in water) and stand it upright in the twig armature.

Slip the tulip stem through the twig armature

Support the twig armature from below when you slip the tulip stem through the twig armature. This way the flower stem supports the twig armature as much as it supports the tulips.

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Tutorials

28 December 2016 Adding snow to twigs

Glue artificial snow to twigs

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

14 November 2018 Create a break in a willow twig to support a flower stem

Break a willow twig at and angle to support your flowers

24 July 2012 Blow away hot glue strands

When you glue a structure with hot glue there are always a few stray strands of glue stuck all over the design. Blow it away with a hairdryer.

1 April 2015 Hana-kubari Bamboo

Hana-Kubari is an Ikebana flower mechanic. Only natural materials such as pebbles, sticks and branches can be seen to support the flowers. Traditionally no twine or wire, nails,...

26 April 2017 Hana-Kubari twig

Slip a twig over the side of a container to keep an elegant flower stem upright

18 January 2017 T-connect twigs to shadow a design

Split a twig to create a t connection to hover a twig over the design

Favourite Flowers

Tulipa

Tulip

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