My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Peg a wreath to the edge of a container

Remove the foliage from a vine

Remove the foliage from a vine...

Place the vine tip between two small wreaths

Place the vine tip between two small wreaths

If you want to weave your own wreaths look below for the detailed Tutorial.

Keep winding the vine.

Keep winding the vine...

Leaving just enough stem end to tuck into the vase so that the vine remains hydrated

Leaving just enough stem end to tuck into the vase so that the vine remains hydrated.

Cut a sturdy fresh twig for the pin

Cut a sturdy fresh twig for pinning the wreath into place.

Cut into the twig from one side

Cut into the twig from one side...

Flip the twig over and cut another slit into the other side.

Flip the twig over and cut another slit into the other side.

This week on my notification newsletter email I discuss a few tricks and ideas for how to keep this twig from splitting. Make sure you are signed up. I share a tip every week about the idea so that you can reply to the email if you have any questions. These tips are only available in the emails though. The sign up is below this post.

Open the split

Open the split...

And slip it over the rim of a container

And slip it over the rim of a container.

This is where the newsletter tips really cut down on frustration.

Set the vine over the container

Set the vine over the container... and peg the top slit cut in the twig over a twig in the wreath.

Creating a fun table top wreath armature for you to design with

Creating a fun table top wreath armature for you to design with.

So far the design Tutorial is very similar to the one I shared in August. See the link below. But here is the variation...

Place a heavy anthurium stem between the two wreaths

Place a heavy anthurium stem between the two wreaths

For the wreath decorations I glued in some dried hydrangeas

For the wreath decorations I glued in some dried hydrangeas

I usually divide my flowers that I want to dry into batches so that I can use the different techniques on all of them. See the Tutorial below for how I dry them in the microwave, pressed in a book or naturally. If you want more (a lot more) ideas for preserving flowers turn to page 110 of my book.

Glue in the flowers and fluff out all the tendrils to finish up the design

Glue in the flowers and fluff out all the tendrils to finish up the design.

Every week I add a new design with related tutorials. Be sure to subscribe to receive an email notification with design inspiration.

Tutorials

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...

19 August 2020 Tangle a perfect vine around two wreaths for a split armature

Passion fruit flowers never lasts long. Not even growing outside on a vine. But the buds continue to open once cut making a wreath display ideal for an even changing passion fruit...

24 June 2020 Building up a wreath panel

Connect six wreaths to build up a hanging panel to display your flowers on.

5 September 2018 Wisteria Wreath Vine

Weave tiny vine wreaths on the leave stems of a stripped Wisteria vine

4 October 2017 Display wreath that hover around a big shiny pumpkin

For this design I wanted my wreath to be light and airy so that it just whips around the solid pumpkin like a breeze.

24 May 2017 Chain link wreath weaving

Weave a few small wreaths to connect

27 September 2017 Tendril vine Wreath Pumpkin

Reshape a vine wreath into smaller wreaths to combine as a pumpkin

Favourite Flowers

Anthurium

Anthurium, Tailflower, painters palette, Flamingo flower

Passiflora

Granadilla, passionflower, passion vines

Hydrangea

Hydrangea, when cultivated as a cut flower rather as a plant it is often revered to as Hortensia

Related Designs

16 September 2020 The circle of making new things:

A wreath armature design for early Autumn... this takes the split armature Tutorial I showed you last month a little bit further.

19 August 2020 All round pretty sweet and short

Frame a passion flower in a vine wreath for a short lived but so pretty arrangement.

24 June 2020 End Up

Connect small wreaths to create a pretty summer armature to arrange your flowers on.

5 September 2018 Wreath Vine Season!

Weave tiny wreaths on the stems of Wisteria vines

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...

1 November 2011 On The Street Where You Live

A floral design snapshot of what it looks like when walking down the streets of Vancouver this week.

4 October 2017 Whipped up in the autumn breeze

Give a loosely woven wreath legs to stand on to hover lightly around a pumpkin

24 May 2017 Link

weave a few wreaths to link

27 September 2017 As tendrils tend to do

Curl a wreath with tendrils to create a twig-pumpkin