My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Willow and Rose heart armature

Temporarily secure two willow stems with butterfly clips.

Press a pliable willow stem between the clasps of the clip.

Wind the willow stem around the first two stems making sure to catch the end of the winding stem to secure.

Remove the clips and continue to wind the stem tightly around its own stem-end and down the two willow stems

Knot the end of the winding stem.

Shape the two willow twigs to create a heart.

And wrap the willow to secure...

... to create your basic heart outline.

Weave a few stems around this shape to make it strong enough to carry the miniature roses.

Weave in more stems to colour in the heart shape.

Craft the heart flat on a working surface so that it remains neatly shaped. If it bends out of shape while weaving set it back on the working surface and press it flat.

Place a willow twig, at an angle, in a container.

Cut two sturdy willow twigs to wedge into the glass container to keep the upright twig in place.

For more details see the Tutorial below.

Place the heart shape on the twig. Hold it with clips so that you can, at this stage, adjust it to get it to lean just so.

Replace the clips with cable ties.

Glue in the water tubes to keep the roses hydrated.

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how I make water tubes from drinking straws.

Fill the water tubes and add the fresh roses to the design.

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19 February 2013 Manipulating stems: Snapping at an angle, Bending, Spiraling, Curling and Straightening

Most stems, twigs and even sturdier branches can be bend into shapes. It takes practice and more than a bit of patience. The main idea is to slowly manipulate the branch without...

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

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

11 February 2015 Stripping foliage from weaving stems

Remove foliage from stems to weave with

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

11 February 2015 Willow Heart Wand

10 February 2016 Free Standing Twig and Wire Heart Armature

Bend wires and fill in the gabs with Stillingia twigs to make a delicate heart armature

8 February 2017 A Sprouting Spring Twig Heart

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

1 February 2012 Love Bug

Heart shaped rosery vine and pine love bug

14 February 2018 Wire two Equisetum shoots into a heart

A wire in the hollow cavity inside a shoot of equisetum makes it easy to manipulate into a heart

4 April 2018 Tap in a Twig Support

Wedge snipped twigs into a glass vase to act as a support for your flowers

Favourite Flowers



Salix matsudana "Tortuosa"

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

Related Designs

13 February 2019 Pick Love

Craft a willow heart to display 12 red roses to celebrate Valentine's Day.

11 February 2015 Love Spell

Weave willow to create a heart shaped wand design

10 February 2016 Be My Twig-Heart

Glue an upright twig heart for a freestanding Valentine's display

8 February 2017 It could hold

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

14 February 2018 Two Are

Equisetum Valentine's hearts

4 April 2018 Grow on it

Wedge twigs into a vase to create a grid.