Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Twinkle and Pine Christmas Star
Draw and cut a star shape from sturdy cardboard.
Secure the wire to one point and start to wrap the wire lightly around the shape.
Wrap the entire star shape.
Pinch the edges slightly so that there is a kink in the wire so that it keeps the shape once the cardboard is removed.
Bend the wire with your pliers to tighten the wire around the star shape
The twist in the wire also adds visual interest to the wire star shape.
Soak the cardboard star in a tub filled with warm water.
Pull away the soggy cardboard.
Re-shape the star where needed
Glue pine needles to the wire
Follow the shape to highlight the star with every added needle.
Your basic shape is now ready to design with.
Add a bit of artificial snow
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to add artificial snow
Glue in tiny water tubes
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how I make tiny water tubes from drinking straws.
Add the fresh flowers and wrap the design with a string of tiny LED lights
See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how I add a Secret Battery holder for the lights
Keep the design light so that you get a magical and ethereal see-through Christmas star.
When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.
I use two methods (or a combination of both) to attach a wreath to a door.
Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.
When I hang these delicate glass bubbles I want to make sure they are really secure. By slipping them into Macramé inspired knots they are not only hanging securely but the...
Glue gypsophila sticks, flowers and dandelion seeds into a star shape
Glue gypsophila sticks, green trick carnations, Star of Bethlehem, passion fruit tendrils, jasmine foliage and string of pearls succulents to create floral wings
Use wood glue to make a light as air table top wreath from pine needles
Create a floral foam cube for a Christmas "gift" table design
A perfect way to use a Lathyrus vine after all it flowered
Twist ivy vines around a cardboard shape to create a lace fine Christmas tree mobile.
A wire Christmas star with a secret plan to hide the twinkle
A Merry Christmas Twig Snowflake
I wanted my Hazel twig wreath to look like forest filigree: mysteriously overgrown, tangled with age and dappled with moss and lichen. The wreath is also dressed with fresh and...
Wire spirals twisted around candles to make small Christmas trees for the Christmas Eve dinner table
A sticky shooting star made with gypsophila stems and fluffy dandelion seeds
Glue snippets of dried green stems and Green Trick Carnation to make tiny floral wings for Christmas
Glue a stacked twig round-about to use as a Christmas table top wreath
Craft a bark sleigh that will last for weeks.
Glue the most delicate twig table top Christmas tree
I used wire, fishing line (mono-filament) and Phalaenopsis orchid roots to make a messy lace Christmas stocking and dressed the stocking with frost green Cymbidium orchids