My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Twig snippet vase armature

Cover a glass vase with cling wrap. Smooth it down

Glue twig snippets to closely follow the shape

Curve the snippets around the vase

Follow all the curves of the vase.

Lift the first half of the twig vase away and set it aside

Start on the other half as you did the first

Carefully build up the shape as you did with the first half

Cover the shape with twig snippets

Fit the two halves together to make sure the entire surface is covered

Connect the two halves at one side with additional twig snippets

Make sure to glue the twigs to both sides of the armature.

Wiggle the twigs to make sure the shape is secure. Add twigs or glue down twigs where needed.

Slip your fingers between the vase and the twigs to release the shape

Lift the twig shape away from the vase.

Place the vase upside down on a working surface

Glue twigs to create the base of the vase shape

Overlap the twigs to create a secure shape.

Lift the twig snippets from the vase

And fit it to the twig armature to make sure it is the right size. Add twigs if necessary. Do not glue it down yet so that it is easier to design the flowers in the vase part of the armature.

I made the clear part of the armature by melting plastic.

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to melt plastic into curved shapes

Gently open up the twig vase shape.

Place some of the plastic shapes in the twig shape

Glue in a few tubes to keep the flowers hydrated.

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how I make my own test tubes from drinking straws

Fill the tubes with water and add flowers

Add a few more plastic shapes so that the flowers peek through

Continue to add plastic shapes and tubes to spill out of the twig vase armature

Add in longer plastic shapes to tumble down

Close up the open side of the twig snipped vase

And glue in twigs to secure

Fit the bottom piece of the twig snippet vase and secure with twigs

Finish the design with a few more flowers and grass snippets for contrast

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29 January 2011 Melt plastic Soda Bottles into the "water" shapes

Heat makes the plastic distort creating fantastic shapes

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.

24 July 2012 Blow away hot glue strands

When you glue a structure with hot glue there are always a few stray strands of glue stuck all over the design. Blow it away with a hairdryer.

6 September 2011 Twig collar

Create a light and transparent collar-base for the large composite flower to nestle into.

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

3 January 2011 Syringe with tube

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

23 July 2014 Twig Chain Garlands

Knot stems into decorative swinging chains

18 September 2012 T- Pin blades of grass

Make a small grass "propeller" by pinning blades of grass into the design

Related Designs

11 May 2016 Pour

Glue a twig vase and melt some plastic to create a tumbling design

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Glue a bunch of twigs inside a container to create a round stack

11 October 2017 giving a thanks

A wire and acorn thanks

6 February 2019 Tread softly on winter

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

3 February 2016 Connect the dot

Connect snippets of grass to create a shelter for your flowers

9 December 2015 On a Grand Scale

My article and a floral panel design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

25 November 2015 So white

A dried Baby's breath and fresh orchid wreath

29 July 2015 Beautiful Things

Glue a few twigs into a disk armature