My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Quarter fold and Thread an Autumn leaf tube armature

Twist the end of your wire with pliers into a loop

Twist the end of your wire with pliers into a loop. This loop will not only keep the leaves from slipping off but make it easy to secure at the end of the design.

Press the loop flat so that the leaves rest against it without slipping

Press the loop flat so that the leaves rest against it without slipping off the wire.

Fold the autumn leaf

Fold the autumn leaf length-wise.

Fold the leaf again

Fold the leaf again to quarter it.

Skewer the leaf with the wire

Skewer the leaf with the wire.

Thread in the next autumn leaf.

Fold and thread in the next autumn leaf. Make sure that the main vein faces in and the edge of the leaves fave out.

This is the folding and threading pattern for the fall leaves

This is the folding and threading pattern for the fall leaves. You are basically folding the leaf in half and re-assembling the quarters as you thread it into the wire...

Thread top right then top left

Thread top, top... and then bottom bottom. Four leaves making up a level.

Building up a pretty fall leave garland with a fold in the middle

Building up a pretty fall leave garland with a fold in the middle.

Gently compact the autumn leaf garland

Gently compact the autumn leaf garland.

Loop the leaf garland

Loop the leaf garland into a circle.

Secure the wire by hooking it through the first wire loop

Secure the wire by hooking it through the first wire loop you made in the beginning.

Cut the left over wire away

Cut the left over wire away.

You now have a pretty fall leaf tube to design with

You now have a pretty fall leaf tube to design with.

Place the leaf tube in a glass container

Place the leaf tube in a glass container.

Fan out the top folded autumn leaves to fold back over the edge of the container

Fan out the top folded autumn leaves to fold back over the edge of the container.

The bottom half stays inside the container

The bottom half stays inside the container...

While you can position the top half at an angle

While you can position the top half at a cheeky angle.

Pour water into the container through the hole in the middle of the leaves

Pour water into the container through the hole in the middle of the leaves

Design note: There's a tip about the water level in this week's newsletter for subscribers.

Position the orchids so that the stem end is in the water

Position the orchids so that the stem end is in the water.

Add in a few leaf stalks

Add in a few leaf stalks...

And the tiniest bit of copper wire sparkle

And the tiniest bit of copper wire sparkle

Re-purpose a copper pot scrubber to make pretty decorative wire

If you are reading my book you will see that I like to make my own "decorative" wires. This for example is a copper pot scrubber that I unravel and curl. There's a lot more wire suggestions in my book but here is the Tutorial for up-cycling copper scrubber wire and how to curl it.

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Tutorials

5 May 2011 Unravel wire from a copper pot scrubber

Up-cycle a pot scrubber to get a huge roll of very pretty copper wire

5 May 2011 Wire curls

curl wire to add to designs

18 October 2017 Muted Side Up Autumn Leaf Pod

Turn the leaf so that the muted underside faces outward to create a more understated Autumn colour scheme .

10 May 2017 Skewered Eucalyptus leaf line-up armature

Thread leaves through wire

10 August 2011 Foliage Pleat Garland

Folding a garland from strips of a Aspidistra leaf

30 October 2013 Spiked Autumn leaf cauldron

Pike a few (hundred!) autumn leaves to build up a hollow leaf armature

18 November 2015 Autumn leaf and decorative tissue paper gift bag

A gift bag that dries beautifully

14 October 2015 Roll hundreds (yes! hundreds) of autumn leaves so create a natural, upright flower frog

Rolled leaves offer support for floral stems

22 March 2017 Skewered Foliage Garland

Create a garland that dries well with rolled up leaves

25 August 2011 Placing orchids in test tubes

Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.

Favourite Flowers

Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid

Related Designs

9 October 2019 With a thankful twist in the middle

Fold and thread an autumn leaf armature for a thankful Thanksgiving design

18 October 2017 On the inside

For a softer autumn leaf pod turn the leaves so that the bright side faces in when making the pod.

24 October 2018 It all stacks up

Quick and easy: Stack autumn leaves onto a wire for a... tiny table top Christmas tree.

10 May 2017 About a line

Skewer and line up leaves to create an armature

10 August 2011 Pleated Pleasure

Pleats are accordion like folds of equal width in alternating opposite directions in any kind of fabric. I absolutely love the tight buds of Allium and they represent the...

30 October 2013 As the leaves melt away

Spike a few hundred fall leaves to create a cauldron for Halloween flowers

18 November 2015 Autumn is a mosaic of them all

Easy to assemble fall leaf and tissue paper gift bag

14 October 2015 What a find!

Roll autumn leaves to create a frog to keep flowers upright

31 May 2017 Let's hang out

Skewer some Eucalyptus to suspend between the orchids

19 November 2014 Forest Floor

Glue a autumn leaf rosette armature