My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Willow Spring

I use a few willow tips that I wire into a garland to make the spiral. See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions.

Find the middle point of a willow twig garland.

Find the middle point of a willow twig garland.

Mark the middle point temporarily with florist tape.

Mark the middle point temporarily with florist tape.

The one half of the garland is wrapped clockwise and the other counter clockwise

The one half of the garland is wrapped clockwise and the other counter clockwise

Pin this middle point to a sheet of Styrofoam with a hairpin wire

Pin this garland to a sheet of Styrofoam with a hairpin wire. Let the end of the garland point away from the Styrofoam and slowly start to manipulate the fresh willow tip garland to spiral out, working your way to the middle point.

See the Tutorial below for more information on how to Manipulate twigs

Slowly spiral the garland and pin it into position.

Slowly spiral the garland and pin it into position. Make sure not to snap or sharply bend the twigs

Pin the other end to a second sheet of Styrofoam

Pin the other end to a second sheet of Styrofoam

And spiral the willow twig garland back in

And spiral the willow twig garland back in

Place the two Styroofoam sheets on top of each other and set aside for the twigs to dry

Place the two Styroofoam sheets on top of each other and set aside for the twigs to dry

Remove the hairpins.

Remove the hairpins carefully

And uncoil the spring

And uncoil the spring

Unpin the other half

Unpin the other half

Glue in a few grape vine tendrils

Glue in a few grape vine tendrils

The spring is ready to design with

The spring is ready to design with

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.

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