Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Spiral twig frog
Place the vase on its side. Start adding dried twigs.
Add another handful of twigs
and more twigs...
and more twigs. I used willow, dogwood, rose, hydrangea stems, dried chrysanthemum (dyed pink) and Mikado Reeds
Fill just over 3/4 of the vase with twigs
Keep the twigs in place with your hand and set the vase upright.
Let the twigs settle but not fall over. Gently brush the twigs with your hand guiding them to fall into the spiral shape.
Softly pat the twigs to settle in a spiral. Pat the outer twigs first to press them deeper than the twigs in the middle to create a slight dome.
When perfect, pour in a bit of warm water to let the twigs swell into place.
Add a bit more water for the leaves and flower buds after the warm water is absorbed.
Create a grid to rest some plant material so that it floats and some with their stems to rest in the water below
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