My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Free standing Willow twig armature with a hidden water source

Cut the willow twig below the place where it forks.

Make sure the twig legs are even

Cut a second leg

Split the other end of the twig with a sharp knife

Press the knife to let the split run

For my design I added a hidden "test tube" in the twig. See the Tutorial below for more details on how I make my own test tubes from drinking straws

Mark the position for the hidden water source on a third, longer twig with a marker

Measure a drill bit against the drinking straw tube. It should be almost the exact same size so that the tube fits snugly in the twig

First drill a thinner guide hole at the exact angle you require through the twig

Drill a thicker hole through the twig at the exact angle you want the tube

Press the tube into the hole

Until it disappears in the bark

Press this twig down the split end of the leg twigs to be pinched in position

Position the other leg twig so that the armature stands upright

The twig structure is ready to design with

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4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

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

11 February 2015 Stripping foliage from weaving stems

Remove foliage from stems to weave with

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

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,...

19 October 2011 Hana-Kubari chopsticks

Splitting the chopsticks or a wooden branch, such as a willow twig creates a natural (and glue-less!) clamp.

2 September 2015 Hana-Kubari Bamboo Stilts with a Hidden Water Source

Split bamboo stems to create a water source for dancing orchids

16 March 2016 Willow Parasol

Weave willow stems into a decorative parasol

11 February 2015 Willow Heart Wand

Favourite Flowers

Salix matsudana "Tortuosa"

Curly Willow, Chinese Willow, Tortured Willow, Globe Willow, Dragon's Claw, Hankow Willow

Related Designs

20 April 2016 That Will Be

Freestanding willow twig armature design

15 June 2016 One tug

Weave willow bark strips into a nest and weave a bird from flax

27 July 2016 Too Hot!

Leaning floral stems to stand on their own in a shallow container

18 January 2017 Look at you!

Tie twigs to shape a hanging armature

26 April 2017 In no time at all

Hana-Kubari twig armature

5 July 2017 Just A Bit

Glue a bit of grass snippets to suspend over the design

3 January 2018 Happy Coincidence!

Some designs really do just make themselves. I received this tiny vase for Christmas from Marius (thank you, Marius!) and while cleaning out my design room I found this little...

28 February 2018 March Days

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

16 May 2018 It goes like this...

Gently curve plant material.

1 August 2018 Stay Cool!

Craft a free standing Sweat pea design

28 November 2018 Crafting

The second 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.

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

Floral Sushi Dinner, for two

1 April 2015 The Space Between

Traditional Hana-Kubari flower mechanic

16 March 2016 Creative Expectations

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