My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Impossibly delicate Dancing Lady orchid wreath

Cut out a huge sturdy cardboard doughnut shape

Cut out a huge sturdy cardboard doughnut shape...

The wreath might look delicate but it rather strong and lightweight

The wreath might look delicate but it rather strong and lightweight, making it an ideal design solution when you want to create something huge.

Wrap fresh eucalyptus stems around the cardboard

Wrap fresh eucalyptus stems around the cardboard...

Move around the cardboard and tie stems to other stems

Move around the cardboard and tie stems to other stems...

You are going to remove the cardboard so make sure the knots are secure

Remember... you are going to remove the cardboard so make sure the knots are secure

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Make small bundles of twigs by manipulating the stems

Make small bundles of twigs by manipulating the stems...

Book readers turn to page 350 for another design example of using this technique... only on a much smaller scale.

Once the entire cardboard is linked with eucalyptus stems set it aside to dry

Once the entire cardboard is linked with eucalyptus stems set it aside to dry

... but as in dry out completely. This gives the wreath strength without adding bulk.

Soak the wreath in a bathtub

Soak the wreath in a bathtub...

Until the cardboard is all soggy

Until the cardboard is all soggy and can be ripped to pieces.

Remove all the cardboard

Remove all the cardboard

And hang the wreath out to dry

And hang the wreath out to dry.

Add in tiny water tubes to keep your flowers hydrated

Add in tiny water tubes to keep your flowers hydrated.

I make these from drinking straws... you can see the detailed Tutorial below... or for even more details see my book, page 195 where you will find the picture of this design.

Weave in the oncidium orchid stems

Weave in the oncidium orchid stems. The stems are really lovely to weave with!

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions.

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Tutorials

19 February 2013 Manipulating stems: Snapping at an angle, Bending, Spiraling, Curling and Straightening

Most stems, twigs and even sturdier branches can be bend into shapes. It takes practice and more than a bit of patience. The main idea is to slowly manipulate the branch without...

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

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...

31 July 2012 Cherry stem Masquerade Masque

Glue cherry stems to create a mask

26 August 2015 Sun baked Sweetpea vine wreath

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

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...

14 March 2018 Willow birdcage

Weave a willow birdcage to use as a wedding ring box

29 November 2017 Autumn Screen

Craft a hanging twig and autumn leaf design

16 August 2011 Twig cocoon

Cherry twig frame for my cocoon design

Favourite Flowers

Oncidium

Dancing lady

Related Designs

11 March 2020 On-Spring-dium

A almost impossibly delicate oncidium (dancing lady) orchid wreath.

20 January 2011 The last Vine Wreath

Every designer knows how to stretch their supplies. We use and re-use our dried plant material until our fellow designers feel like hiding it from us. I formed such an...

31 July 2012 Grown Glamour

Delicate cherry twig, rosary vine and oncidium orchid enchanted forest masquerade masque.

26 August 2015 Bent

Weave a wreath from sweetpea stems and tendrils

8 July 2015 How To Catch A Dream

Take inspiration from a traditional Dream-catcher design to create a floral armature

14 March 2018 Old, new trends

My article and willow birdcage design for wedding rings featured in DIY Weddings Magazine.

29 November 2017 Marcescent

Glue a delicate autumn room devider

5 April 2017 Easter Bonnet

Weave a delicate Pillbox hat

16 August 2011 Cherry twig cocoon

Japanese aesthetic, wabi-sabi, acknowledges three simple truths:nothing lasts, nothing is done, and nothing is perfect.