My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Twig Snowflake

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.

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24 December 2018 Curl tinsel

Gently pull the tinsel over a blade to curl

5 May 2011 Unravel wire from a copper pot scrubber

Up-cycle a pot scrubber to get a huge roll of very pretty copper wire

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

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

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

28 December 2016 Adding snow to twigs

Glue artificial snow to twigs

8 February 2017 A Sprouting Spring Twig Heart

Carefully glue a twig armature to display the mini-miniature Darling orchids

18 January 2017 T-connect twigs to shadow a design

Split a twig to create a t connection to hover a twig over the design

20 December 2017 Twinkle and Pine Christmas Star

Use a cardboard shape to craft a simple wire Christmas star

12 June 2012 Sticky Shooting Star

Glue gypsophila sticks, flowers and dandelion seeds into a star shape

25 November 2015 Winter White Gyp Wreath

A dried wreath in winter white

18 December 2012 Wire hooks for baubles

Bend thin decorative wire to create hooks to hang baubles or design details

18 January 2012 Butterfly hairclip claws to hold twigs in place while glue dries

Butterfly hair clips are the perfect little claws to help you hold tiny items in place while you wait for glue to dry

Favourite Flowers


Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid

Related Designs

17 July 2019 … and... a bit more... effort… to make it special

Instead of just placing a handful of twigs and two stems of sweet peas in a vase... why not...?

8 February 2017 It could hold

A fragile looking heart made from twigs that can hold a lot of orchids

11 June 2012 Wish Upon a Dandelion Star

A sticky shooting star made with gypsophila stems and fluffy dandelion seeds

25 November 2015 So white

A dried Baby's breath and fresh orchid wreath