My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Wire Tendrils

Curl wire tendrils

Curl the wire around a wooden skewer, dowel stick or pencil (depending on how big you want the tendril curls) at irregular intervals leaving sections straight.

Wrap the wire.

Wrap the wire.

Add a curl and a twirl.

Add a curl and a twirl to mimic natural tendrils.

And wrap the rest of the wire around the skewer

And wrap the rest of the wire around the skewer

Wire tendrils ready to design with

Wire tendrils ready to design with.

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Tutorials

26 July 2011 Create a flat base to glue small florets securely

Make a small loop the size of your ring to create a flat surface to glue your tiny plant material on.

14 January 2011 Beaded wire

Thread thin wire with tiny beads

Related Designs

8 April 2011 Large Open Weave Twig Basket

Easter Basket used in the Durbanville Flower Club Easter Parade Demonstration

26 July 2011 Echeveria ring

Succulents are really trendy right now. Not just as potted plants but also in designs. All the way from floral accessory to fashion accessory- right on trend!

29 November 2011 Jack Frost’s Christmas stocking

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

19 February 2011 Crossing Boundaries

Twig waterfall creates the boundary between the "under" and the "over" of the design. Tutorial: How to cover test tubes with Rainbow Oasis

14 April 2011 In the Bag

My bag was woven from re-purposed wire and recycled fishing line and tiny stems of growing sweet pea plants and orchids

10 July 2012 Sticktoitness

Glue a heart shaped design made from bark and wood.

22 September 2012 Turning of the leaves

An Autumn Equinox design that captures the moment before the spectacular colour burst of autumn floats around again

8 October 2012 Growing Gratitude

Thank you.

4 December 2012 'Tis the Season

My article looking at contrasts and 6 winter lantern designs featured in the DIY Wedding Magazine

22 January 2013 It's High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with veneer techniques

This was my second two designs for my It's High Time for Tea Floral Craft and Art Demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging Club meeting</a></strong><br><br>

14 February 2013 Making it work somewhere between a rock and a hard place

Sometimes creative blunders becomes creative inspiration

1 May 2013 An invisible line to cross

Weave a strip to slip around a candle

22 May 2013 Avoiding Decision Fatigue

This is my article that I wrote for the Bridal Design Issue of Canadian Florist Magazine

17 July 2013 Once, twice, thrice

Bend a few stir sticks to cover with wool to make a few floral bracelets

21 August 2013 Hold on to the knot

Bend and knot wire into a heart shaped armature

14 October 2013 All To Myself

Cut and stain old books to create a paperback nook pumpkin armature

30 October 2013 As the leaves melt away

Spike a few hundred fall leaves to create a cauldron for Halloween flowers

8 January 2014 It's stick season!

Snap and stack an glue a few twigs to create a lace like armature

19 March 2014 One of one of everyone

Float flowers using a bubble wrap raft

3 September 2014 What's done is done

My article and lace fine wreath design featured in the Autumn issue of <strong>DIY Weddings Magazine</strong>

1 October 2014 Treasured Treasure

Twist a flat top wire ring to wear the treasures of Autumn

28 October 2015 On Pumpkin Coloured Days

Create a besom broom to sweep up those Autumn leaves

16 December 2015 Christmas Waves

Twist a Kalanchoe and Ivy vine Christmas tree mobile

23 March 2016 Celebrate!

A closer look at my design at the 20th anniversary of Canada Blooms and The Toronto Flower Show

31 August 2016 Leftovers

Using bits and snippets to create an everlasting moss and succulent design

16 November 2016 All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate): Snipped into Sections

This was the second design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration

22 March 2017 Biomimicry

A design demonstration and workshop at the Floral Trends Design group in South Africa exploring how we emulate nature’s best biological ideas to solve our modern day design...

22 March 2017 Biomimicry Demonstration and Workshop at the Floral Trends Design Group, South African Flower Union

Looking at how we emulate nature’s best biological ideas to solve our modern day design problems.

22 March 2017 Biomimicry Demonstration and Workshop video

Looking back at the preparations and my Biomimicry design demonstration and workshop at the Floral Trends Design Group in South Africa

11 October 2017 giving a thanks

A wire and acorn thanks

25 October 2017 When the pretty eyeballs you back!

Barely there skeleton blossoms with Eucalyptus eyes for my Halloween design... Oh! and a Willow Paddle, which probably should have been the main Tutorial... but... well...

26 September 2018 Cover Story

The design for the cover of my book, the effortless floral craftsman, crafted from Fiddlehead Fern and Red Lipstick Hanging Heliconia.

7 November 2018 Grab your party mittens, flower buds… it’s Book Launch Day!

Celebrating my book launch by knotting floral mittens using the design Tutorial from my book and the template from the free gift template booklet.

7 November 2018 Book Launch Day!

Oh yes! Today is officially my book launch day!

8 May 2019 It takes more than one person to invent a trumpet!

Filling a trumpet flower cup... with more flowers!