My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Marching winter frosted twig and freesia stack

Measure a winter twig to calculate how high you want your design

Measure a winter twig to calculate how high you want your design.

Place the twigs on a working surface

Place the twigs on a working surface and cut them to roughly the same length.

Cross the twigs so that they hook into each other

Cross the twigs so that they hook into each other. The twigs will be glued in place but it just makes it easier if there is a natural "hook" to start the design with.

To make it easier for me to position the twigs I use craft putty

To make it easier for me to position the twigs I use craft putty to temporarily keep the twigs in place.

Look at the twigs from all the angles and re-position them if required

Look at the twigs from all the angles and re-position them if required.

Add in a few cross twigs to connect the legs

Glue in a few cross twigs to connect the legs.

I make sure each leg is connected to another leg at three places so that it is stable enough to carry my flowers

I make sure each leg is connected to another leg at three places so that it is stable enough to carry my flowers

Remove the craft putty

Remove the craft putty.

Protect the container with a plastic lining

Protect the container with a plastic lining.

Frost the twigs with a small drop of wood glue

Frost the twigs with a small drop of wood glue...

And artificial snow on all the connection points

... and artificial snow on all the connection points.

For a more detailed Tutorial on how to frost twigs see the Tutorial below.

Set the armature aside for the glue to dry

Set the armature aside for the glue to dry.

Lift the armature from the plastic

Lift the armature from the plastic and give it a gentle wiggle to make sure all the twigs are secure. Add more glue if needed.

Fill the container with water

Fill the container with water.

Add the flowers into the armature

Add the flowers into the armature.

Make sure all the stem ends are in water

Make sure all the stem-ends are in water.

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Tutorials

28 December 2016 Adding snow to twigs

Glue artificial snow to twigs

20 April 2016 Free standing Willow twig armature with a hidden water source

Cut a few willow twigs to split to create legs for the armature

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

27 July 2016 Leaning Sunflowers to stay just so

The trick to any freestanding design is to get your first three stems standing stable and secure in the water. Once you have that you can build the design around it.

25 February 2015 Balancing a Twirled Willow Armature

Twirl twigs to create a balanced nest to display the beautiful orchids on

8 January 2014 Twig Tumbler

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

19 July 2017 Interweave a messy grass tumble

Loosely wrap and weave lily grass to create a planned-messy looking armature

20 January 2016 Sticks stuck in a twig on sticks armature

Drill holes in twigs to insert fine sticks to create a delicate armature

Favourite Flowers

Freesia

Freesia, freesias

Related Designs

28 February 2018 March Days

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

22 August 2018 FreestyleFreesia

Dutch floral designer Pim van den Akker, from Flower Factor invited me to participate in a FloraHolland initiative promoting the versatility of Freesias entitled ...

31 October 2018 Scary stuff!

My Halloween design... with some scary stuff hidden if you can read between the leaves!

23 January 2019 Do they have cold feet?

Keep flower stems upright with a folded cellophane plastic support that looks like cracked ice.

29 September 2011 Pick-Up Sticks

A twig and stick design with sweet dumpling pumpkins and rosary vine (Ceropegia woodii). I also made a cherry twig and skeleton leaf Stick Insect

20 April 2016 That Will Be

Freestanding willow twig armature design

27 July 2016 Too Hot!

Leaning floral stems to stand on their own in a shallow container

25 February 2015 Just So

Twirl a few willow twigs to create a balanced armature to display orchids

10 June 2015 Gotcha!

Hana Kubari lily stems

8 January 2014 It's stick season!

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

19 July 2017 Meraki

A grass armature for one perfect slipper orchid

20 January 2016 A lots of stuff and things

Sticks and twigs create a resting spot for palm and rose butterflies