My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Pine NeedleTube

Break the pine needles from the stem. Place all the needles facing the same direction on a working surface.

Rinse a soda bottle and cut a ring following the marks on the bottle.

The clear ring is now ready to design with.

Split a pine needle and glue it to both the inside and outside of the ring with the tiniest drop of glue

Continue adding needles. Wiggle them so that they fit snug on the plastic ring.

Using the natural connection to keep the needles together around the ring.

Add needles all around the ring

Keep pressing the needles together so that they fit snugly.

Add a second layer of needles

... on both the outside and the inside

With all the needles pointing in the same direction

Place the needle tube on a display service and fill with artificial snow, crystals and succulents

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6 March 2012 Glue a round stacked twig platter

Stack and glue tiny twigs to create a round platter

3 July 2012 Twig mushroom

Stack and wire a twig mushroom armature

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"

30 November 2016 Barely there Wreath armature

Glue snippets of Baby's breath and grass into a lace fine wreath shape to showcase the tiny chocolate cosmos buds

4 November 2015 Bleached Baby’s Breath Wreath

Glue a radiating wreath from bleached Gyp

4 May 2016 Loosened Wreath Armature

Snip a dried twig wreath to undo the spirals to hang around a glass container

4 December 2012 Twig Lanterns

Wire short twigs around wire rings to create rustic flameless tea-light lanterns

29 January 2014 Twig Shooting Star

Wire and glue a twig armature

12 July 2017 Twig sparkler

Glue twigs to radiate out from a central point

17 February 2016 Stack a Twig Enclosure

Loop and tie a few stacked twigs to create an enclosed floral armature

10 December 2014 Prickly Pine-needle Square

Create a floral foam cube for a Christmas "gift" table design

20 December 2017 Twinkle and Pine Christmas Star

Use a cardboard shape to craft a simple wire Christmas star

17 December 2014 Daisy shaped Pine Star

Use the sheath as a casing to create a decorative pine star

Favourite Flowers


Christmas Kalanchoe, Kalanchöe or Kalanchoë

Related Designs

27 December 2017 Can it be?

Craft a pine tube to display a soft and snow filled winter scene

6 March 2012 Round and Round

Instead of weaving a platter try stacking the twigs from large to tiny small

3 July 2012 Twig-a-tude

Stack and wire twigs to create a twig mushroom with attitude for summer

30 November 2016 All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate): Worth a second look

This was the fourth (and last) design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration

4 November 2015 Delicate

Bleached Gypsophila wreath with delicate autumn touches

26 August 2015 Bent

Weave a wreath from sweetpea stems and tendrils

4 May 2016 Ring-a-round

Open a vine wreath to create a spiral twig armature around a glass container

4 December 2012 'Tis the Season

My article looking at contrasts and 6 winter lantern designs featured in the DIY Wedding Magazine

29 January 2014 Glued to stay just so

Wire and glue a twig armature

12 July 2017 Sparkler

A radiating twig design

17 February 2016 Where would you put it!?!

Tie a twig armature enclosure for fresh flowers

10 December 2014 Let It Snow

Use floral foam to create a pine needle cube

20 December 2017 A Very Merry Christmas Star

A wire Christmas star with a secret plan to hide the twinkle

17 December 2014 Star of Wonder

Glue pine needles into star shapes