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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Weave a burst of overgrown wildness wreath

Bend willow branches to shape the wreath

Bend willow branches to shape the wreath. Normally I would carefully shape the wreath circle but for this design I wanted it to be slightly imperfect so I allowed the stems to bend into this shape without over manipulating it.

I have a Tutorial below this post with more detailed instructions on how to bend and shape a wreath.

Weave in the side twigs

Weave in the remaining twigs just enough to secure the wreath without neatening up the dangling tips.

Add in more stems

Add in more stems by pressing the twig into any gaps and lightly weaving the stem around the wreath.

Carefully work around the delicate tips

Carefully work around the delicate tips so that they do not break but rather extend wildly all around the wreath.

Add in a few thinner twigs where you see gaps so that the wild willow tips extend all around the wreath

Add in a few thinner twigs where you see gaps so that the wild willow tips extend all around the wreath.

Place a few dew drop crystals on the autumn leaves

Place a few dew drop crystals on the autumn leaves.

See below in the Tutorial section for more detailed instructions on how I add these crystals.

Glue in the leaves

Glue in the leaves. But only a few. The focus should be on the wild and wonderful wreath do not cover it in leaves.... yet.

Add the Aranthera orchids into the design

Add the Aranthera orchids into the design. For this design I kept the orchids on their stems. It not only helps the orchids last longer but also allow you to place them at unique angles adding to the overall overgrown look of the design.

See the Tutorial section below for more information on both how I cut the orchids into sections and how I made these little water tubes from drinking straws.

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1 November 2011 Weaving a twig wreath

For my design I wanted the wreath to look wind blown so I added a few loosely woven twigs into the weave. I also wanted to emphasize the autumn colours so I added a twirling...

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

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

25 August 2011 Placing orchids in test tubes

Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.

16 August 2011 Cut spiked flower stems and foliage into short sections

Orchids grow in long flower spikes. It is great to use the entire stem but sometimes you need shorter section. There is a trick to cutting the stems without leaving a visible...

29 November 2017 Autumn Screen

Craft a hanging twig and autumn leaf design

8 July 2015 Using a pin to place tiny dew drop crystals

It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.

7 September 2016 Willow flower crown

Loosely weave willow tips to create an ethereal crown

25 January 2012 Weaving Willow spheres

I build up the spheres by weaving willow wreaths and then use those to shape the ball

Favourite Flowers

Salix matsudana "Tortuosa"

Curly Willow, Chinese Willow, Tortured Willow, Globe Willow, Dragon's Claw, Hankow Willow

Related Designs

18 September 2019 It’s a sugar rush!

A perfectly imperfect wild willow wreath to display the first Autumn treasures of the year.

29 November 2017 Marcescent

Glue a delicate autumn room devider

4 November 2015 Delicate

Bleached Gypsophila wreath with delicate autumn touches

1 November 2011 On The Street Where You Live

A floral design snapshot of what it looks like when walking down the streets of Vancouver this week.

7 September 2016 You are all invited!

My article and Willow Crown design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

17 August 2016 Strangeness

Weave a wreath to display air plants on

24 February 2016 How to make an early Spring

Roll and set willow twigs into a spring