Thursday, 2 May 2013

Cartography Mannequin

The making of a 'world map mannequin' for display for the Further Education Open Day at Bishop Burton College 2013.

 Pleated neckline and epaulettes
Blue hydrangea petals are added to the bodice 

 Pink peonies and vibrant gerberas are inserted into water filled testubes broken up by curly talansia

Craspedia and ornamental stachys leaves are placed on the shoulders 

 I have a small obsession with peonies!

 Yellow chrysanthemum heads are dotted willy nilly throughout the mannequin

 Hey presto a kind of satnav in a frock!!

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Gregor Lersch - Master of Floral Design Inspired Technique

Decorate a space and create an atmosphere with a bottle, wires and delicate fresh flowers
   Use five  1.25m wires and weave a frame for the neck of the bottle
 Splay out wire prongs and add a copper mesh  frame

 Glue on moss and weave through, twigs, grass and broom

 Place on cymbidium orchid focal flowers

 and finally place tender, pink astrantia within design

 A recycled glass bottle to a budget vase!

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Waxed Bouquet

Try something a bit different with this quirky style polystyrene base coated in wax 

 Yellow oncidiums, small phalanopsis, talansia and muscari layed on a bullion wire frame

Soft curve

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Jazzy Jars

Jazz up used jars with a funky jacket covering and adorn with your favourite seasonal flowers. Here I used delicate pink calla lillies, singapore orchids and craspedia.

Place funky beads on bullion wire and wrap around the bottle neck.

Glue on cute buttons.

Post Create Arrangement

Setting a design in stone with concrete.  Place tall twigs covered with wool in wet concrete for a base. 

Cover plastic test tubes with wool, throw in buttons and beads........

 add a few small horizontal sticks at the base.....

and finally a selection of fresh flowers.  Reuse base and replace fresh flowers.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Baptismal Font

Dressing Bishop Burton's Baptismal Font with  
Gladioli, large vivid orange Gerbera and Fatsia Japonica leaves

Friday, 22 February 2013

Tree Trunk Design

A linear style design with a tree stump for a base
Dracaena coated test tubes wired  and glued are filled with hypericum and ornithorgalum

Brightly coloured sisal adds lift and texture

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Paper Wreath

Wreath base created from the leafs of a tired old book with whites, cream and green flower materials.  The coned   pages  give a cosy vintage appearance while the dry wheat  gives an impression of harvest, suggesting  spring time  making it a suitable decoration  for hanging or centrepiece.

Spectacular fresh colour

Scattered clusters of hypericum and brunia

Fun to make and the perfect gift!

Friday, 1 February 2013

Flirty Fleur Valentine Heart

A heart base made from biodegradable copper mesh laced with fallen birch, eryngium and broom

Love themed design with indulgent tropical pastel pink and white anthuriums

Sunday, 27 January 2013


Make your own one off product made from common recycled items in the home

Create an eye catching table centre piece made from corrugated card preserved in an oval form with orchids, craspedia, opulus, fearn and vivid orange carthamus

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Corrugated Cardboard Bridal Design

Hand held bridal design inspired by Moniek Van Den Berghe


Orchid Splendour

Dominant orchids with Scabiosa, Flexi Grass and Talansia

Festive Sustainable/Recycled Left Overs

 Turn your recycling materials into a funky plant pot container
Turn an old flower box into a plant pot holder with  unwanted Christmas music sheets, turn dated magazines into paper lillies and finish off with a splattering of beads and voila.... a recycled plant holder!

A Very Merry Christmas!!