My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Musical staff line armature

Drill five holes in three twigs

Drill five holes in three twigs

Thin a small amount of water based paint with warm water

Thin a small amount of water based paint with warm water

Roll thin cane into a wreath

Roll thin cane into a small wreath

Soak the cane in the thin paint water

Soak the cane in the thinned paint water.

You can also use fruit, vegetables or spices to dye the cane. See Tutorial below

Thread the wet cane through the holes in the twig

Thread the wet cane through the holes in the twig

Keep the spacing equal

Keep the spacing equal

Thread in the second twig

Thread in the second twig

Thread in the third twig

Thread in the third twig

Space out the twigs.

Space out the twigs. The middle twig should be in the middle of the cane.

Gather the cane at one end

Gather the cane at one end

Twist the wet cane together

Twist the wet cane together

Place a tiny bit of wood glue on the twisted cane

Place a tiny bit of wood glue on the twisted cane and secure with a butterfly hair clip

See the tutorial below for more detail on how I alter small hair clips to make tiny claws to keep things together while glue dries

While the cane is still wet make a sharp bend to create an angle

While the cane is still wet make a sharp bend to create an angle

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

Do the same with the other side. Set aside the cane armature to dry

Cut the cane ends neatly

Cut the cane ends neatly

Place the cane ends into small vases

Place the cane ends into small vases...

Place the cane ends into small vases and on a display surface

... and on a display surface

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Tutorials

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

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 August 2011 Stain wooden skewers with natural dye

Using fruit, berries, flowers, leaves and grasses to naturally stain design details for floral art relies on the same techniques as using paint or any other dye.

13 April 2012 Staining Midelino cane Coils

White Midelino cane is easy to stain in any colour

Related Designs

25 June 2014 Fine Tune

Thread cane through sticks to make a music inspired armature

16 May 2018 It goes like this...

Gently curve plant material.