My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Sun baked Sweetpea vine wreath

Draw two circles on a sturdy cardboard sheet.

Draw two circles on a sturdy cardboard sheet.

Cut the cardboard

Cut the cardboard

This will be the guiding shape of the wreath

This will be the guiding shape of the wreath

Cut some sun baked sweet pea vines.

Cut some sun baked sweet pea vines.

Remove any leaves and dried petals and damaged pods

Remove any leaves and dried petals and damaged pods

Start to wrap the vine around the cardboard

Start to wrap the vine around the cardboard by bending it over the edge. Be careful not to break the fragile stem

For more detailed instructions on how to bend and manipulate stems see the Tutorial below

Secure the stem by wrapping the vine over the stem end

Secure the stem by wrapping the vine over the stem end

Wrap the stem around the cardboard closely following the shape.

Wrap the stem around the cardboard following the shape.

Add another stem by hooking it under the previous stem and continue to wrap

Add another stem by hooking it under the previous stem and continue to wrap

Add more stems to cover to create a sturdy wreath

Add more stems to cover to create a sturdy wreath

Set the wreath out to dry completly in the sun

Set the wreath out to dry completly in the sun

Design note: I wanted my wreath to be pale in colour. If you want to preserve the green of the stems do not place it in the sun to dry.

To remove the cardboard soak the wreath in a water bath

To remove the cardboard soak the wreath in a warm water bath

The cardboard will become soggy making it easy to rip away

The cardboard will become soggy making it easy to rip away

Move around the wreath and rip out the soggy cardboard

Move around the wreath and rip out the soggy cardboard

Carefully lift the wreath from the water and set aside to dry out

Carefully lift the wreath from the water and set aside to dry out

Dried Lathyrus wreath ready to design with

Dried Lathyrus wreath ready to design with

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Tutorials

19 February 2013 Manipulating stems: Snapping at an angle, Bending, Spiraling, Curling and Straightening

Most stems, twigs and even sturdier branches can be bend into shapes. It takes practice and more than a bit of patience. The main idea is to slowly manipulate the branch without...

7 December 2011 Hang a wreath on a door without knocking nails into the door face

I use two methods (or a combination of both) to attach a wreath to a door.

12 August 2012 Twist your own Wire Wreath frame

Make a wire wreath frame with wire and cover it with growth mesium or moss to design on

3 September 2014 Glued Twig Snippet Wreath

Small little twigs are glued to create a lace-like wreath

26 July 2011 Wire Tendrils

Curl the wire at irregular intervals to create a natural wire tendril similar to that of a passion fruit plant

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