My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Glue a grapevine armature shaped like the petals of an open rose

Place a circular grapevine wreath on a flat working surface

Place a circular grapevine wreath on a flat working surface. Inspect the vines. You are looking for sharper angled, round bends in the wreath. Snip these sections out of the wreath.

Start to glue the sections

Start to glue the sections.

Shape the grapevine twigs to mimic the way a rose unfurls its petals

Shape the grapevine twigs to mimic the way a rose unfurls its petals.

Measure the twigs against a shallow container

Measure the twigs against a shallow container so that it fits secure enough to suspend your flowers with the twigs and flowers above the water line and the flower stems resting in the water.

Continue to add twigs to create a full rose shape

Continue to add twigs to create a full rose shape.

Fill the shallow container with water

Fill the shallow container with water.

Add the fresh flowers into the armature

Add the fresh flowers into the armature. Do not overwhelm the armature so that the beautiful shape you created is covered. Rather add flowers to mimic a few dew drops on the rose petals.

For my design I also added a few sprouting stems just to bring a bit of spring green into the design.

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Tutorials

29 July 2015 Disk Twig Armature

Glue a few wigs to follow the shape of a glass bowl to create a disk armature

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.

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

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

18 January 2012 Butterfly hairclip claws to hold twigs in place while glue dries

Butterfly hair clips are the perfect little claws to help you hold tiny items in place while you wait for glue to dry

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

Favourite Flowers

Cymbidium

Cymbidium, Boat Orchid

Related Designs

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29 July 2015 Beautiful Things

Glue a few twigs into a disk armature

7 February 2018 Up around the bend

Bend Equisetum into curves to wire into an open wreath shape

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7 September 2016 You are all invited!

My article and Willow Crown design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

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9 December 2015 On a Grand Scale

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