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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Manipulate Blossoming Twigs To Hang Fluttering Woven Grass Hearts

Sprinkle a tiny bit of artificial snow in six bud vases

Sprinkle a tiny bit of artificial snow in six bud vases.

Pour water into the bud vases so that the snow floats

Pour water into the bud vases so that the snow floats.

Give the blossoming peach branches a fresh cut

Give the blossoming peach branches a fresh cut...

Place the branch in a bud vase

Place the branch in a bud vase.

Turn the blossom branches so that they settle in a neat upright position

Turn the blossom branches so that they settle in a neat upright position. This makes the design look less visually cluttered and highlight the few branches that we manipulate to hang the hearts from.

Start to manipulate a side branch to slant is more dramatically

Start to manipulate a side branch to slant it more dramatically... note this is what the branch looked like before I started to bend it.

Slowly bend the branch

Slowly bend the branch. The pad of your thumb remains below the branch to support it. This keeps the branch from snapping.

Bend the branch a little bit at a time

Slowly move along the branch, bending the branch a little bit at a time to create the curve you want.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to Manipulate branches and twigs into curves. Book readers turn to page 284 ... with a new manipulating twig design on 286 that would be perfect for more Valentine's Day inspiration.

How to bend stems and twigs for flower arranging

... just perfect! The new curve is now set into the branch and I am ready to assemble the design.

Curve another branch by gently bending it

Design Note: this is the starting point of the second branch...

Curving branches and stick techniques for florists

... and this is after I manipulated it. Ready to design with.

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Set the bud vases on your table

Set the bud vases on your display surface. Arrange them so that it looks just right for you. I arranged in neat rows of two. Four on one side and two on the other. With a dramatic gap between the two. I used the manipulated branches to bridge the gap by shaping only two side branched to point to each other.

How to weave little hearts from palm leaves of grass

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to Weave these delicate hearts from grass.

Hang the hearts between the two manipulated side branches

Hang the hearts between the two manipulated side branches...

Secure the grass by knotting the end to the branch

Secure the grass by knotting the end to the branch...

And curling the dangling end of the grass

And curling the dangling end of the grass.

You can find a way to curl the grass below in the Tutorial section. For a tighter, more controlled curl turn to page 289 in my book... where I talk about manipulating grasses.

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Tutorials

10 September 2012 Braid a Celtic heart knot

Braid or knot a traditional Celtic heart with foliage

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

15 April 2015 Stretching leaves and foliage into a ringlet curl

Most leaves and foliage can be slightly manipulated to curve or curl.

28 February 2018 Marching winter frosted twig and freesia stack

Frost a few twigs to craft a delicate armature for fragrant freesias

4 December 2013 Large wax snowflakes

Artificial snow can be very "chemical" and flowers deteriorate quickly when exposed to it. It also dissolves in water. I use candle wax as "snow"

8 January 2014 Twig Tumbler

Wire and glue a stack of sticks into a cylindrical or tube shape

22 January 2014 That good old double vase trick

Create a dry layer by placing a smaller vase inside the larger vase

9 December 2015 Scalable twig and Phalaenopsis orchid winterscape panel

This design can easily scale up or down by using larger or smaller pieces of wood to create a larger wall panel or make a few of these panels to stack as tiles to create a more...

10 February 2016 Free Standing Twig and Wire Heart Armature

Bend wires and fill in the gabs with Stillingia twigs to make a delicate heart armature

11 February 2015 Willow Heart Wand

6 February 2019 Winter White Twig Screen

Glue twigs to screen delicate flowers for a wintry design.

13 February 2019 Willow and Rose heart armature

Weave willow stems into a heart shaped armature.

7 February 2012 Moss Heart

Biodegradable copper mesh makes the perfect shape to fill with moss to grow tiny stem plants

14 February 2018 Wire two Equisetum shoots into a heart

A wire in the hollow cavity inside a shoot of equisetum makes it easy to manipulate into a heart

Related Designs

12 February 2020 Parallel Hang Ups

While waiting for the blossoms to open... why not weave in a touch of Valentine's Day love?

28 February 2018 March Days

Line up a few frosted twigs to march across a shallow container

8 January 2014 It's stick season!

Snap and stack an glue a few twigs to create a lace like armature

22 January 2014 How do you do?

Snow and twigs winter design

9 December 2015 On a Grand Scale

My article and a floral panel design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

10 February 2016 Be My Twig-Heart

Glue an upright twig heart for a freestanding Valentine's display

11 February 2015 Love Spell

Weave willow to create a heart shaped wand design

6 February 2019 Tread softly on winter

A delicate winter twig armature to show off the delicate beauty of these early spring coloured tulips.

13 February 2019 Pick Love

Craft a willow heart to display 12 red roses to celebrate Valentine's Day.

7 February 2012 Grow Love

Love grows!

14 February 2018 Two Are

Equisetum Valentine's hearts