Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Silver bell Christmas Greenery kissing ball
Use delicate sprigs of cypress or juniper, fir, pine, eucalyptus, ivy or a combination of them all to create a winter themed kissing bough
Twist rings out of silver wire
I prefer to make a few rings and then assemble the ball shape
Slip the first ring over the second and secure with wire
Add another ring and secure
Keep adding rings to build up a ball shape
Secure each ring at two places to add strength.
Pour wood glue on to the ring...
And sprinkle on some artificial snow
Cover the wire with artificial snow
Set aside to dry completely
Weave in thin stems of willow
Crossing the stems to secure
Pour small drops of glue on the stems and sprinkle with more snow
Add another layer of twigs and snow
Once dry the kissing bough is ready to design with
Weave in winter greenery and Kalanchoe flowers
Kalanchoe flowers last really well even without a water source. The flowers on this kissing ball remained beautiful for nine days.
And add a few silver bells
I build up the spheres by weaving willow wreaths and then use those to shape the ball
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...
Wire the tiny little bells so that they dangle loosely and will jingle with the slightest breeze
Cover a wreath frame with bark and cotton for a textured Christmas wreath design
Design 1 of my three week pre-Christmas designing series looking at How to style with artificial plants and branches using quality faux plants and stems. This week: a wreath
Design 3 looking at How to style with artificial plants and branches using quality faux plants and stems. This week: mistletoe! And also .. give your faux a reason for being...
An easy and naturally fragrant winter white candle decoration to bring nature into your house this Christmas.
My article looking at contrasts and 6 winter lantern designs featured in the DIY Wedding Magazine