Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Sticks stuck in a ground covered foundation
Break the edges of a long piece of styrofoam to create a natural looking shape
Move around the Styrofoam and pinch away the neat sharp edge.
The rough edged polystyrene.
Paint the Styrofoam shape brown
No need to be perfect, the shape will be covered in potting soil
Pour wood glue and warm water in the paint bowl.
Mix to create a runny brown glue.
Spread the glue on the Styrofoam shape
Sprinkle some potting soil on to the wet glue
Gently pat the soil down to make sure it sticks
Cover the entire shape and set aside to dry
Drip some more glue on to the armature
And sprinkle more potting soil to cover any gaps
Set the ground covered foundation aside to dry completely
Cut a cardboard half circle that is exactly the same size as the ground foundation.
Place the cardboard on a flat working surface. Measure the twigs to conform to the cardboard shape. Add about a centimeter to the length of the twig so that you can push it into the ground covered polystyrene
Cut each twig at a very sharp angle so that it easily spears into the polystyrene without ripping it apart
Rest the cardboard on the foundation and spear the first twig into place
Alternate between spearing twigs at the back and the front so that the cardboard stands upright with the support of the twigs
Gently push each twig down into the foundation until it exactly match the shape of the cardboard
Space out the twigs to fill the armature
Gently lift away the cardboard
The twig armature is now ready to design with
Add a few loose twigs to the foundation
Glue a few twigs to display Autumn flowers and foliage on
A fun and easy contemporary floral design to display foraged autumn leaves and just a touch of flowers that can easily be replaced.