My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

A lots of stuff and things


You get a collection... of objects

Palm and rose petal butterflies

a bed of willows

Fold a butterfly from palm leaves

and a sheaf of wheat

Rest the butterflies on twigs

a soufflé Clouds (yes really!)

Palm and rose petal butterflies resting on twigs

and a bunch of flowers

Twig armature.

a tuft of grass

A kaleidoscope of butterflies.

and maybe best of all… a kaleidoscope of butterflies.

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20 January 2016 Sticks stuck in a twig on sticks armature

Drill holes in twigs to insert fine sticks to create a delicate armature

5 January 2011 Palm leaf Hopper-flies (grasshoppers and butterflies)

Weave grasshoppers or butterflies (or fireflies) from palm leaves

30 August 2011 Removing Oasis Floral Adhesive glue spills

The finish of every design should be flawless. Make sure there are no bits of glue visible in your design by carefully removing all traces of spills.

24 September 2014 Folding a Frog

Fold and weave a frog from grass

6 February 2013 Fold a Foliage Fish

Fold and weave a fish from two blades of grass

1 February 2012 Love Bug

Heart shaped rosery vine and pine love bug

21 July 2011 Weaving a bird

I wove my bird from shaved wood but you can also use flax, coconut palm (more traditional) or paper or ribbon

17 July 2012 Guacamole Green Coiled Grass Chameleon

My Chameleon is mono-botanical. Made from coiled grass

18 February 2015 Grass Spiral Snail

Fold a foliage snail

Favourite Flowers



Related Designs

21 June 2017 Playing Favourites

A quick and easy Kenzan design

28 February 2018 March Days

Line up a few frosted twigs to march across a shallow container

3 April 2019 Blossoming like a Caterpillar

Crafting caterpillars from blossoms

15 March 2023 Hop… Lots!

Beautiful blossoms don’t NEED much to make it into a lovely design. But the start of Spring might just inspire you to add a bit much… just because it makes you happy.

7 April 2011 Weaving with Flax

Here are a few more examples of woven flax. I also use Typha, palm, iris leaves, Kyogi paper, boat orchid leaves and aspidistra to weave with.

4 February 2015 collywobbles!

Fold foliage butterflies

26 March 2014 You are not done

Retail florists and wholesalers are already designing, ordering and preparing their product range for prom. This is my article that I wrote for the Prom Design Issue of Canadian...

5 January 2011 Protea Composite

To create this huge Protea I took apart nine Protea flower heads and glued the tepals and bracts back on to a polystyrene ball to create a large Protea composite flower that is...