My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Spiny Twig Porcupine Armature

Cut a large cardboard circle

Cut a large cardboard circle

Cut the cardboard circle in half

Cut the cardboard circle in half

Cut a few twigs

Cut a few twigs...

Cut the one end at a very sharp angle

Cut the one end at a very sharp angle

Pour out some wood glue.

Pour out some wood glue to cover a Styrofoam block.

Spread the glue evenly on all four sides

Spread the glue evenly on all four sides

Sprinkle an even layer of black sand on the block.

Sprinkle an even layer of black sand on the block while the glue is still wet

Set the block aside for the glue to dry.

Set the block aside for the glue to dry.

Pour out some more glue

Pour out some more glue...

And spread it evenly over the block.

... and spread it evenly over the block.

Sprinkle all four sides with potting soil

Sprinkle all four sides with potting soil and set aside to dry completely.

Spear the first twig into the Styrofoam block.

Fit the one half of the cardboard under the block. Spear the first twig into the Styrofoam block.

Add a few more twigs

Add a few more twigs. Continue to follow the outlines of the cardboard circle.

Remove the cardboard and add or adjust the twigs

Remove the cardboard and add or adjust the twigs to make sure the armature is secure

Place the cardboard on the foam block and secure with four pins

Place the cardboard on the foam block and secure with four pins

Spear in the first twig

Spear in the first twig...

Spear in two more twigs

Spear in two more twigs...

Spear in a few more twigs.

Spear in a few more twigs...

And a few more twigs.

And a few more twigs...

Spear in a test tube.

Spear in a test tube. I covered the three test tubes with potting soil (see Tutorial below)so that they are almost invisible against the Styrofoam block

Add a few more test tubes

Add a few more test tubes

Fill the test tubes with water

Fill the test tubes with water

See Tutorial below for information on how to make your own "syringe with tube"

Add the fresh flowers

Add the fresh flowers

Bend a wire to pin more twigs in to place.

Bend a wire into a hairpin or "U" shape to pin more twigs in to place.

Pin a few twigs to hide most of the foam block

Pin a few twigs to hide most of the foam block

Spear in a few more twigs to complete the shape

Spear in a few more twigs to complete the shape. Wrap a few twig ends with blue wire to pick up the colour from the flowers

See Tutorial below for more information on wrapping twigs with wire.

Add a twig garland.

Add a twig garland, a few bits of wire and finish the design with a few fall leaves.

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Tutorials

2 October 2013 Covering test tubes with potting soil

Disguise the test tubes with a sandy veneer

10 July 2013 Wrap a twig with wire

A quick way to add a bit of colour to a natural looking design

3 January 2011 Syringe with tube

Easy way to fill test tubes and easiest way to remove water from a vase

16 August 2011 Fast way to fill a lot of test tubes in awkward places

I do not believe in arranging flowers without a water source of some kind. I want my flowers to remain as beautiful for as long as possible and I often get quite creative to...

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

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