My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Shaping Thanks with wire that has a bit of give

Write your message on a flat working surface with a marker. Use cursive (script, longhand or joined-up writing) to make it easier to bend the wire to shape.

Bend thick wire to follow the script

Join any letters that are not attached with epoxy glue

Let the glue set

Wire "thanks" ready to design with

Soak vines in warm water and carefully manipulate the stems top twlrl around the letters

For more information on how to manipulate stems see the Tutorial below

Carefully open a few vine tendrils and curl it around the letters

Glue in acorns, wire tendrils and autumn leaves.

For more details on how to make wire tendrils see the Tutorial below.

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Tutorials

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...

26 July 2011 Wire Tendrils

Curl the wire at irregular intervals to create a natural wire tendril similar to that of a passion fruit plant

6 July 2016 Floral Monogram Seating Plan

Wrap Spanish moss around a monogram wire frame to create a creative seating plan

8 February 2017 A Sprouting Spring Twig Heart

Carefully glue a twig armature to display the mini-miniature Darling orchids

16 December 2015 Ivy vine Christmas tree mobile

Twist ivy vines around a cardboard shape to create a lace fine Christmas tree mobile.

31 July 2012 Cherry stem Masquerade Masque

Glue cherry stems to create a mask

11 May 2016 Twig snippet vase armature

Glue twig snippets to closely follow the shape of a glass vase

6 September 2011 Twig collar

Create a light and transparent collar-base for the large composite flower to nestle into.

16 October 2012 Taco-shaped twig armature

Make a half-moon shaped armature to fill with flowers

17 February 2016 Stack a Twig Enclosure

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

14 June 2017 Hanging Bamboo Lantern

This is a perfect do-ahead-of-time hanging design for a summer wedding. Craft one or three or a whole lot of the lanterns and add some orchids at the last moment to finish the...

Related Designs

11 October 2017 giving a thanks

A wire and acorn thanks

6 July 2016 The oh no factor

My article and Floral Monogram Seating Plan designs featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

8 February 2017 It could hold

A fragile looking heart made from twigs that can hold a lot of orchids

16 December 2015 Christmas Waves

Twist a Kalanchoe and Ivy vine Christmas tree mobile

31 July 2012 Grown Glamour

Delicate cherry twig, rosary vine and oncidium orchid enchanted forest masquerade masque.

11 May 2016 Pour

Glue a twig vase and melt some plastic to create a tumbling design

16 October 2012 Bright, brighter… brightest!

Celebrate the bright colours of autumn with lilies and Chinese lanterns

17 February 2016 Where would you put it!?!

Tie a twig armature enclosure for fresh flowers

14 June 2017 Things are looking up!

My article and Bamboo Lantern design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine