My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Pour glue over a stick Bundle to craft a Poke Out Spring stick Armature

Cut a generous bundle of straight twigs

Cut a generous bundle of straight twigs.

For a really easy way to cut twigs have a look at my "bite and snap" Tutorial below in the Tutorial section.

Secure the bundle with elastic bands

Secure the bundle with elastic bands.

Make sure the elastic band is strong because it needs to keep the armature together for quite a few hours

Make sure the elastic band is strong because it needs to keep the armature together for quite a few hours.

You need a band at the top and another one at the bottom of the bundle

You need a band at the top and another one at the bottom of the bundle.

Tap the bundle down on your working surface to even out all the twigs

Tap the bundle down on your working surface to even out all the twigs.

Place the twigs on a layer of plastic to catch the glue drips

Place the twigs on a layer of plastic to catch the glue drips.

Make sure you are subscribed to my newsletter. I share an exclusive tip every week about what you can learn from the design to make your own creations more fun to do in the future. This week I tell you which side to place facing up when you start to pour the glue.

Start pouring glue on the twigs

Start pouring glue on the twigs... simply let it run down the inside of the bundle.

When you look closely you can see the glue running down between the twigs

When you look closely you can see the glue running down between the twigs.

Set the bundle aside to dry completely.

Flip the bundle over and pour the glue from the other side

Flip the bundle over and pour the glue from the other side

... can you see the bits of dried glue where it ran through from the other side? That is what you want. The glue should connect the twigs all the way down the bundle.

Set your bundle aside to dry completely

Set your bundle aside to dry completely.

Pick away any visible dried glue flakes from the bottom side of the bundle

Pick away any visible dried glue flakes from the bottom side of the bundle...

Newsletter subscribers: see how well the trick I showed you works? The bottom side is now completely saturated in glue but it is concealed. The top looks like it is magically staying together.

Go around the bundle and test the sticks to make sure they are glued to the bundle

Go around the bundle and test the sticks to make sure they are glued to the bundle. Add bits of glue to any sticks that are not completely stuck down.

Remove the elastic bands

Remove the elastic bands.

Clean away any visible blobs of glue with a file

Clean away any visible blobs of glue with a file.

Set the twig bundle on a display container

Set the twig bundle on a display container.

And now the fun starts! Book readers, turn to page 104 for more design tips for using succulents. You will also find a special hint for how to cut succulents when using glue to secure it - this is really important to know when you position the succulent and want it to stay exactly right.

Choose an interesting twig with loads of curves and side branches

Choose an interesting twig with loads of curves and side branches.

I added a few snowflakes to the twig just to bring in the "not quite Spring" element. See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to do that.

Slot the twig into the bundle so that it looks like it just grew that way

Slot the twig into the bundle so that it looks like it just grew that way.

Book readers: you will find loads of information on how to create this illusion on page 273 where I speak about crafting an illusion and bio-mimicry.

Glue in the Kalanchoe flowers

Glue in the Kalanchoe flowers. They are succulents and will remain really pretty for days without a water source.

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Tutorials

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

28 December 2016 Adding snow to twigs

Glue artificial snow to twigs

27 April 2016 Hiding a secret water source in a twig frog

New growth is really difficult to design with and definitely needs to be conditioned and placed in a water source

22 May 2012 Spiral twig frog

Multiple tiny twigs create a flower frog to keep the delicate buds and leaves in the exact spot you want.

21 February 2018 Stem line-up

Line up stems to create a base for the heavy Hanging Heliconia stems

26 November 2014 Sticks stuck in a ground covered foundation

Glue potting soil to polystyrene to create a natural looking armature

18 June 2014 Sticking a stick curve to create a hollowed out crescent armature

An easy way to create a neat curve in a very short time

2 October 2013 Spiny Twig Porcupine Armature

Glue a few twigs to display Autumn flowers and foliage on

30 January 2013 Funnel shaped pick-up-sticks armature

By making a very secure armature, it is possible to stack and suspend loose twigs on top of it building on the stable foundation

Favourite Flowers

Kalanchoe

Christmas Kalanchoe, Kalanchöe or Kalanchoë

Related Designs

5 February 2020 What it’s all about

A bundle of twigs armature to create a pretend Spring design for a snowy morning.

27 April 2016 Sprout

A sneaky way to condition new growth to add into your Spring design

22 May 2012 Lean

Place short twigs, leaning to one side to create a flower frog

21 February 2018 Impossible things

A cut stem flower frog for the heavy Hanging Heliconia flowers

26 November 2014 Late Autumn Early Christmas.

Glue a ground foundation for a late autumn design

18 June 2014 Stuck stick

Glue a few sticks to create a hollowed out crescent armature

2 October 2013 Prickly

Build a twig porcupine armature for fall flowers

30 January 2013 It's High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with wire techniques

This was my last two designs for my It's High Time for Tea Floral Craft and Art Demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging Club meeting