My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Snow puddle armature

Place some clingfilm over your container. Smooth it out so that it creates a flat surface.

Cut a few budding twigs short and glue some artificial snow on.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how I glue artificial snow.

Start to glue the twigs with hot glue.

Make sure you glue only the twigs to make it easier to remove the delicate armature.

If you have done this Tutorial... (well, first of... I would love to see!) and secondly take extra care not to glue the twigs to the plastic. The steps I add to create the snow puddles make it even more delicate.

Do not let the stems extend past the edge of the container.

Snip away any twigs that are too long.

Cut some hearts from a Ceropegia Woodii vine. Or any succulent if you do not have a rosary vine.

Glue the succulent into the design with floral glue.

And build up the surface of your design.

Thin some wood glue with warm water and paint a puddle on the cling film. Be generous with the glue and let the puddle extend to touch at least two twigs on either side so that it remains intact once you peel it from the plastic film. Sprinkle some artificial snow on the wet glue.

Set the armature aside for the glue to set completely.

Gently peel the glue puddles and twigs away from the film.

Make sure the snow puddles remain intact.

Place the snow puddle armature in a water filled container.

Design note: make sure the snow puddles are well away from the water. The water will dissolve the glue.

Place the flower stems in the armature and adjust the water level if needed.

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Tutorials

28 December 2016 Adding snow to twigs

Glue artificial snow to twigs

22 May 2012 Harvesting cyclamen flowers and foliage

Cyclamen stems are so close together that it is easy to damage the plant when cutting stems.

8 February 2017 A Sprouting Spring Twig Heart

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

8 June 2016 Popsicle Stick Square Armature

Glue Popsicle sticks to create a double layered, upright armature

6 February 2019 Winter White Twig Screen

Glue twigs to screen delicate flowers for a wintry design.

4 November 2015 Bleached Baby’s Breath Wreath

Glue a radiating wreath from bleached Gyp

29 July 2015 Disk Twig Armature

Glue a few wigs to follow the shape of a glass bowl to create a disk armature

16 January 2019 Delicate Twig Hammock Armature to keep tulips upright in a shallow container

Craft a suspended armature to create a clear winter design.

Favourite Flowers

Cyclamen

Cyclamen, English sowbread

Ceropegia woodii

Rosary vine, Chain of Hearts, Collar of hearts and String of hearts

Related Designs

6 March 2019 It almost happened today!

Craft snow puddles to keep your flowers upright

8 February 2017 It could hold

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

8 June 2016 When the wind whisper

Glue a fantasy forest from Popsicle sticks, grape vine tendrils and willow tips

6 February 2019 Tread softly on winter

A delicate winter twig armature to show off the delicate beauty of these early spring coloured tulips.

4 November 2015 Delicate

Bleached Gypsophila wreath with delicate autumn touches

29 July 2015 Beautiful Things

Glue a few twigs into a disk armature

16 January 2019 Every. Single. Week.

Stand tulips upright in a shallow container with a suspended twig armature.