Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Measure and cut a drinking straw to fit on the top of your hand
Fold a length of ribbon in half and slip it through the straw
Slip the loop over your ring finger so that the straw lies comfortably on the top of your hand. Cross the ribbon at your palm and bring it back to the front to knot (or make a bow) and cut the ribbon short if needed.
Cut another section of ribbon (that matches your design colour) and glue it to the drinking straw. Push both ends into the straw to finish it off neatly. The ribbon is the bottom part of the design.
Cover the exposed straw part by gluing on moss and start adding the flowers. I used the throats of Phalaenopsis orchids (snip away the large petals), reindeer moss, succulents, twigs and pansy buds for my design.
Slip the ribbon back through the straw and fit so see that it feels comfortable and balanced.
Knot the ribbon and add a bow, if you want
Create a large and flat base to secure the fresh plant material on
Cut the plastic, sand and wrap with ribbon
Easy and fast way to include succulents in designs
The BoutStix Floral Magnets “stick” is the backbone of the design, strengthening the narrow heart shape and adding support and balance.
Cut and bend flat wire (or any other wire you choose) into a “U” shape to follow the shape of your head. Similar to an Alice band
The finish of every design should be flawless. Make sure there are no bits of glue visible in your design by carefully removing all traces of spills.
Cover a mask shape with moss and succulents for a long wearing mask
My article and body flowers design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine
Succulents are really trendy right now. Not just as potted plants but also in designs. All the way from floral accessory to fashion accessory- right on trend!
Up-cycle the inner plastic ring from a roll of floral tape to make a wrist corsage. This design was also featured in the Italian floral design magazine Blossom Zine
The elongated heart shape Echeveria waist corsage is meant to be worn low around the hip as a trailing ribbon clasp.
21 ideas for how and where to attach corsages using Floral Magnets. For more detailed instructions on how to make these corsages see my video: Crafting Corsages in 3 ways with...
My article and succulent floral crown design featured in the spring issue of <strong>DIY Weddings Magazine</strong>
Delicate cherry twig, rosary vine and oncidium orchid enchanted forest masquerade masque.
Bend a few stir sticks to cover with wool to make a few floral bracelets
Design One from my Inspiration Video: Use the same floral ingredients, willow twigs, Lichen, Spanish Moss, Kalanchoe and Gypsophila to make three distinctly different contemporary...