My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Long lasting bark and Kalanchoe sleigh

Draw your sleigh out on a sheet of bark

Draw your sleigh out on a sheet of bark

Cut out the pattern

Cut out the pattern

Keep it simple so that it is easy to glue

Keep it simple so that it is easy to glue. You can add delicate details later with vines and flowers.

Bark Texture

Bark has a flaky side and a smooth side, so make sure the sides are mirror images to match the textures on all sides.

Make sure the sides are mirror images

Unless of course you want to add texture by alternating the sides.

Glue a long strip to create the floor

With hot glue, glue a long strip to create the floor, front and back of the sleigh

Follow the curves of the side patterns

Follow the curves of the side patterns

Glue in a seat

Glue in a seat

Make sure the glue is secure before decorating

Make sure the glue is secure before decorating

Cut two sections of a vine wreath for the skids

Cut two sections of a vine wreath for the skids

Secure the vine with decorative wire in bundles

Secure the vine with decorative wire in bundles

Connect the skids with two twigs

Connect the skids with two twigs

Craft cross bars for the skids out of wire

Craft cross bars for the skids out of wire

Glue the sleigh to the skids

Glue the sleigh to the skids

Paint all the exposed wire with wood glue

Paint all the exposed wire and glue bits with wood glue

Sprinkle with artificial snow

Sprinkle with artificial snow

Glue vines to follow the curves of the sleigh

Glue in vines to follow the curves of the sleigh

Add vines to the skids

Add vines to the skids

If the vines snap when you curve it soak it in warm water for a few hours

If the vines snap when you curve it soak it in warm water for a few hours

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to manipulate twigs

Add more artificial snow where needed

Add more artificial snow where needed

Use floral glue to glue in the Kalanchoe flowers

Use floral glue to glue in the Kalanchoe flowers

Add in a few silver bells

Add in a few silver bells...

... a bit more snow and a few more vines

... a bit more snow and a few more vines

Design note: The Kalanchoe flowers remain pretty for a few weeks so it is well worth the effort.

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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...

24 December 2012 Tiny Twig Christmas Treasure Trunk

Wire a small twig gift-box for Christmas presents

22 January 2013 Sharp Edged Arc Armature

A bark chip veneer is a great way to create a precise shape that looks natural but can't be found in nature.

11 January 2017 Potted bark pod for a flowering plant

Cover a Styrofoam shape with bark to create a bowl for a potted design

21 December 2016 Bark Christmas Stocking

Cover a wire frame to create a Christmas stocking armature

14 December 2016 Bark and Cotton Candy Cane

Cover a cardboard shape in cotton and bark to create a floral armature

17 September 2014 Bark Bowl

Glue bark onto a bowl to create a dome shape

21 December 2016 Add a Cotton pod Cuff to the Bark Christmas Stocking Armature

A fluffy cuff lines the top edge of the bark Christmas Stocking

31 March 2011 Bark covered Wreath

Keep in mind that in order to make a realistic looking fantasy design element, such as the wreath, you must focus on how this item would grow in nature.

18 December 2013 Jingle bell stem hook

Cut a delicate stem to hook jingle bells on

30 August 2011 Removing Oasis Floral Adhesive glue spills

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.

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.

5 February 2014 Bark Gift Bag

Cut and glue bark into a gift bag

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

23 December 2015 Barely There Skeleton Leaf Gift Box

Skeleton leaves create a light and ethereal gift box

Favourite Flowers

Kalanchoe

Christmas Kalanchoe, Kalanchöe or Kalanchoë

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Craft a bark sleigh that will last for weeks.

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11 December 2011 Silver bell and Gingerbread sleigh with frosted trees

Gingerbread and iced cookies for Christmas

18 December 2012 So this is Christmas, I hope you had fun…

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24 December 2012 Please have snow… and presents under the tree

Wire a Tiny Twig Treasure Trunk for small Christmas gifts

11 January 2017 As special as an almost never find

Sometimes you find such a beautiful plant that you just can't bring yourself to cut it. This design explores using the entire plant, pot and all, in a design

21 December 2016 A Gleaming Cotton Christmas

Glue bark to a wire frame to create a Christmas stocking armature

14 December 2016 A Candy(cane) Cotton Christmas

A floral cotton candy cane

26 June 2013 All it needed

Clean, simple and restrained elegance: a single jasmine stem in a wine glass. All it needed was just a few extra blades of grass to tie it all together. And wings, of course!

18 December 2013 Jingle Belling

Glue a stacked twig round-about to use as a Christmas table top wreath

5 February 2014 Treasured Time

This is my article that I wrote for the Mother's Day Design Issue of Canadian Florist Magazine

23 December 2015 Dear Santa,

Gift boxes from skeleton leaves

15 December 2017 'tis the season to deck the halls with all things jolly...

'tis the season to deck the halls with all things jolly...