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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

A Very Merry Dried Orange and these from My Greenhouse to yours Trendy Christmas Cheer

This Christmas the main aesthetic for 2023 is best described as… visiting Grandpa’s cabin in the woods. The entire look is under-stated but oh so nostalgic. Each week I will show you my take on the trends continuing with:

A Very Merry Dried Orange and these from My Greenhouse to yours Trendy Christmas Cheer

The days after Christmas are still about making memories.

How to make an orange rose candle holder

It’s all about invoking the feelings of nostalgia, it’s vintage, simplicity, cozy layers…

How to naturally fragrance your home with spices and orange

and bringing the outdoors in.

Spiral orange peel to make roses for candles

Dehydrated fruit and spices add fragrance and feature in festive displays and garlands to bring back some old world magic and making it feel cozy even now, the week after Christmas Day.

Simmer pot ingredients used in a display for fragrance

And maybe you want to take my design and add another cozy layer in addition to foraged greenery, dried fruit and spices?

Add bits of your own proudly grown nature, of course! Oh yes… potted plants are dressed up this Christmas season and proudly out on display this year.
Hmmm… How about a plant share or exchange instead of a cookie exchange for an after Christmas event? Guests share cuttings from their favourite plants. It’s a green homegrown gift exchange that costs nothing but means everything. With none of the waste.

Simmerpot display for natural Christmas cozy fragrance

Hope you had the coziest Christmas, flower buddies. However many layers make up your Christmas cozy.

Floral demonstration by Christine de Beer

Special thank you to the BC Floral Art Society this was also the third of my 4 demonstration designs that we looked at Tuesday morning at the Christmas Celebration.

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27 December 2023 Christmas twig wreath, cinnamon bundles, clove garlands and roses of orange peel candle holder

Take the whole waste free design concept a whole lot further by displaying all your Christmas simmer pot ingredients... ready to be harvested as needed.

27 December 2023 Add light filled snowy fluff inside a display container

A fun way to make a winter design glow.

27 December 2023 Clove Copper Garland

Twist and wire a gorgeously sparkly clove copper wire string.

27 December 2023 Cinnamon Bundles

Pretty wire bundles to add fragrance to any design

27 December 2023 Orange peel spiral roses

A fragrant way to add an uplifting dried detail to your winter design.

2 October 2013 Twig garland

Add a dangling garland of twigs to the design

14 January 2011 Beaded wire

Thread thin wire with tiny beads

29 June 2011 Twig Zipper

I wanted my Zipper to be "edgy" rather than "peaceful", so using bamboo or reeds or willow would not be appropriate.

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...

8 November 2023 First Frost Sparkle Wire and Twinkle Vine Wreath

An impossibly delicate wreath shape that will last... and last... all Festive Season long.

5 May 2011 Unravel wire from a copper pot scrubber

Up-cycle a pot scrubber to get a huge roll of very pretty copper wire

5 May 2011 Wire curls

curl wire to add to designs

4 November 2020 Pot-scrubber copper wire curls and autumn twig twirls bud vase toppers

A quick solution for a minimal horizontal autumn display -on top of bud vases.

25 August 2021 Loop and Twist a Wire and Twig Tangle Grid

Wire twigs and wire around a shallow container to keep your floral details suspended in water in a shallow container.

Related Designs

2 April 2011 Easter Parade Demonstration and Accessory Workshop

Advanced level Workshop: For my Easter Parade Demonstration I made 6 hand-tied designs within armatures. The concept was to pick up the design while demonstrating and to literally...

2 October 2013 Prickly

Build a twig porcupine armature for fall flowers

8 November 2023 A warm up

An almost Christmas... Christmas wreath featured in the winter edition of Flora Magazine.

4 November 2020 Because that is just how I roll

A tumbling fall leaf design making use of the autumn leaves that are already falling to the ground.

25 August 2021 Doing a loop tangle twist

oh yes, a light an airy design showing off those very first autumn leaves.

1 April 2011 A Floral Art Demonstration by Floral Trends Design Group

A Floral Art Demonstration by Floral Trends Design Group with music, narration and pictorial presentation.

23 September 2015 Pretty Spicy!

Hang fruity wire garlands to display Gerbera daisies

23 March 2016 Celebrate!

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

26 October 2016 Harvest Moon

Fold a fine twig wreath in half to create a moon shaped armature