Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Draw the snowflake pattern on a large cardboard.
Cover the cardboard with plastic.
Cut twigs into small snippets to glue in the shape of the snowflake.
Follow the shape...
Overlap the ends of the twigs to make sure they are glued securely in place.
Match the natural shape of the twigs to the snowflake pattern.
Glue in the middle star shape of the snowflake.
Flip the shape over.
And glue in more twigs following the star shape to create a strong armature that can carry the weight of the Christmas decorations and flowers.
Glue in the icicles at the end of the longer twigs
Flip the snowflake over again...
And follow the snowflake pattern again so that you have about three twigs on every line.
Paint the twig snowflake with thinned wood glue.
Sprinkle the twig snowflake with artificial snow.
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to add artificial snow.
Glue in tiny water tubes to keep the fresh flowers hydrated.
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to make your own tiny water tubes from drinking straws
Add small baubles and snowflake crystals.
Add thin strands of curled tinsel.
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to curl tinsel.
Glue in more twigs. They add dimension to the design.
Design note: With a delicate armature like this I like to add twigs that "fill in the gaps" where the shape is covered with flowers so that the basic shape is not lost in the overall design.
Up-cycle a pot scrubber to get a huge roll of very pretty copper wire
When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.
Carefully glue a twig armature to display the mini-miniature Darling orchids
Split a twig to create a t connection to hover a twig over the design
Use a cardboard shape to craft a simple wire Christmas star
Glue gypsophila sticks, flowers and dandelion seeds into a star shape
Bend thin decorative wire to create hooks to hang baubles or design details
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