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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Hanging Tillandsia

Tie the air plants to the design with fishing line

Tie the air plants to the design with fishing line. The fishing line is strong and will stay in place if you soak the entire design in water or you can untie it and soak the plant and place it back in the design

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to take care of air plants

Simply weave the line through the plant and secure with a knot

Simply weave the line through the plant and secure with a knot

The biggest negative of using fishing line to secure the plant is that it does damage the plan

The biggest negative of using fishing line to secure the plant is that it does damage the plant.

Method two:

Glue the entire plant into the design with flower glue

Glue the entire plant into the design with flower glue. This is especially suitable if there are little to no roots on the plant and if you can soak the entire design.

Because these plants are bulky it is best to place glue on both the plant and the surface you want to glue it to

Because these plants are bulky it is best to place glue on both the plant and the surface you want to glue it to. Make sure it nestles securely into position

Method three:

I prefer this way. The roots of air plants are there to anchor them and they are tough. Choose plants with developed roots

Weave the roots into the design

Weave the roots into the design...

Fan the roots out and weave it through defferent twigs so secure it in the exact position you require it

Fan the roots out and weave it through different twigs to secure it in the exact position you require it

Knot to secure

Knot to secure. This way you can set the entire design in water to soak, or untie the knot with absolutely no damage to the plant and as the roots grow you can secure it to more twigs

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Tutorials

9 July 2014 Taking care of Tillandsia

Conditioning and growing air plants

9 July 2014 Designing with Tillandsia

Air plants need special design consederations

1 November 2011 Weaving a twig wreath

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...

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.

3 September 2014 Glued Twig Snippet Wreath

Small little twigs are glued to create a lace-like wreath

8 July 2015 Overgrown Willow web inspired by a traditional Dream-catcher

I wanted my willow armature to hint of a web-like dreamcatcher that grows in the wild rather than being a precise replica of the traditional craft technique. But I did weave it...

26 August 2015 Sun baked Sweetpea vine wreath

A perfect way to use a Lathyrus vine after all it flowered

Favourite Flowers

Tillandsia Usneoides

Spanish moss, Florida moss, long moss, or graybeard

Tillandsia

Air plants

Ceropegia woodii

Rosary vine, Chain of Hearts, Collar of hearts and String of hearts

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22 September 2012 Turning of the leaves

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Wire and glue a twig armature

26 March 2014 You are not done

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