My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Willow flower crown

Measure the size of the crown.

Use a length of ribbon to measure the width of the person’s head to custom design the crown. This way you can have the measurements ahead of time and start weaving the fresh plant material just before the wedding.

Measure out the fresh and pliable willow stems

Measure out the fresh and pliable willow stems

Gather the stems and start to gently manipulate them by bending it down the length of the stem

Gather the stems and start to gently manipulate them by bending it down the length of the stem. This way you make the stems more pliable so that you can weave it without snapping the stems

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to bend and manipulate stems

Secure the stems at one end with an elastic band

Secure the stems at one end with an elastic band. The band will be removed but it makes it easier to weave the stems

Gently plait and weave the stems into a long tangle.

Gently plait and weave the stems into a long tangle.

Insert new stems and continue to weave and plait.

Insert new stems and continue to weave and plait.

Measure the ribbon against the plaited willow to see if it is long enough

Measure the ribbon against the plaited willow to see if it is long enough

Remove the elastic band and weave the two ends together to connect the willow crown.

Remove the elastic band and weave the two ends together to connect the willow crown.

Fit the crown and make adjustments if necessary

Fit the crown and make adjustments if necessary

Glue in the flowers, moss and sparkling beads

Glue in the flowers, moss and sparkling beads

I keep my flowers hydrated by inserting tiny little drinking straw test tubes in to the design. See the Tutorial below for more details

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Tutorials

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...

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

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...

25 September 2013 Adding beads into a design

I wanted my beads to softly float above my snowball posy. If I glued the beads to some of the flowers it would just disappear in the mass of twigs and flowers.

Favourite Flowers

Salix matsudana "Tortuosa"

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

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