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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

A Very Merry Naked Tree and Woodland Woodsy and Oversized Flowers 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:

Hanging bells in a Christmas design to match a pinecone reindeer

Simple and sparse trees.

Embrace your tree’s arboreal beauty. Simple twinkling lights on a naked tree… for a subdued Christmas tree without the overwhelm.

Naked trees with twinkle lights

For this trend a lot of designers mentioned that they were asked to stage a naked tree with just twinkle lights to let it sparkle for a few days to enjoy just as it is and then to come back and add more closer to Christmas.

How to make a twig and seed cone reindeer

But the emphasis is on making it nostalgic.

Large poinsettia flowers in a floral design

While we are talking about nostalgia it is worth mentioning that even the Barbie trend that seems to be in complete contrast to the natural trend this year is ultimately about… nostalgia. It is like we found an old toy box and just decided to lean into it. Even the Barbie trend includes a few whimsical and woodsy plucked-from-nature touches like forest creatures, birds perched on branches and oversized blooms … but unlike what I am showing in my design it would probably have been bright pink to fully lean into the Barbie trend… all with that 1980’s twist.

Tabletop garland bowl and reindeer Christmas floral design

Whichever trend you choose to follow you can't go wrong if you make it meaningful, memory and tradition filled... even a bit like we (used to) find at Christmas time at Grandpa’s cabin.

Handmade woodland creatures, pinecones picked up on a walk, maybe a much loved copper bell for a reindeer.

Rudolph the red nosed reindeer seed cone and twig hand crafted floral design for christmas

let's see... I’ve got the oversized blooms. I’ve got the forest creature. I’ve got the twinkling naked trees...

Floral trends for Christmas 2023 Naked trees

... And then we add a cluster of bells and a long (oversized) and relaxed ribbon. But hang them vertically tied or draped to add a softness to the overall style and be right on trend for Christmas 2023.

Bc Floral art society Christmas Demonstration by Christine de Beer

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

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13 December 2023 Snowy Bead Garland Planter Bowl

Glue a beaded garland into a coiled bowl

13 December 2023 Rudolph the red nosed reindeer... the seed cone and twig version

Seed cone and Twig Reindeer

13 December 2023 Stack and Glue Needle Trees

I am showing you a few versions of the tree. One with lights, with and without a stand, a pyramid stacked one and one on a wire.

13 December 2023 Quick and Easy way to dress up poinsettia plants for Christmas

Colour coordinate your tiny plant pots and add a bauble... or three

2 June 2011 Papier Mache

I save all the thin tissue paper or un-printed newsprint papers that are wrapped around the flowers that are delivered to me to make batches of Papier Mache with. These sheets...

28 December 2016 Adding snow to twigs

Glue artificial snow to twigs

19 December 2018 Sparkling Eucalyptus Tabletop Christmas tree

Craft an ethereal Christmas tree from Eucalyptus leaves, twigs and sparkling snow flake crystals.

12 December 2012 Piled Pine Needle Tabletop Wreath

Use wood glue to make a light as air table top wreath from pine needles

12 December 2012 Eucalyptus Snow Flakes

Glue seeded eucalyptus snow flakes

4 November 2015 Bleached Baby’s Breath Wreath

Glue a radiating wreath from bleached Gyp

6 December 2017 Barely there twig tabletop Christmas tree

Glue curved twig snippets to craft a delicate winter white Christmas tree

12 June 2012 Sticky Shooting Star

Glue gypsophila sticks, flowers and dandelion seeds into a star shape

25 December 2018 Twig Snowflake

Glue twigs into a snowflake twig armature for Christmas trimmings.

25 December 2019 Spin a tinsel and eucalyptus Christmas star gift basket

Spin and weave and curl and knot delicate strands throughout the gift box for a sustainable gift box that is as pretty as it is meaningful.

23 December 2015 Barely There Skeleton Leaf Gift Box

Skeleton leaves create a light and ethereal gift box

2 December 2015 Silver bell Christmas Greenery kissing ball

Use delicate sprigs of cypress or juniper, fir, pine, eucalyptus, ivy or a combination of them all to create a winter themed kissing bough

20 December 2017 Twinkle and Pine Christmas Star

Use a cardboard shape to craft a simple wire Christmas star

27 December 2017 Pine NeedleTube

Glue pine needles to a up-cycled disk to create a winter scene

Related Designs

20 December 2023 A Very Merry Dark chocolate Velvet Texture of Yore, Tall and Trendy Christmas Cheer

Tall and velvety Christmas tree... with a starlight garland

12 December 2012 It's a swell time…

An exceptional moment frozen in time… 12:12:12 12/12/12

6 December 2023 A Very Merry Dark and Moody and bring it in from the Woods Trendy Christmas Cheer

From now to a bit after New Year's Eve I will show you my take on the trends for Christmas 2023. This week I start with natural styling with a handcrafted twig candy cane.

19 December 2018 Oh Florist-tree

Craft an Eucalyptus Christmas tree

26 October 2016 Harvest Moon

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

6 December 2017 While I sing of beauty's treasure

Glue the most delicate twig table top Christmas tree

11 June 2012 Wish Upon a Dandelion Star

A sticky shooting star made with gypsophila stems and fluffy dandelion seeds

25 November 2015 So white

A dried Baby's breath and fresh orchid wreath

25 December 2019 Wishing you a Light Touched Christmas

A naturally fragrant, star shaped gift box basket. Merry Christmas to you.

23 December 2015 Dear Santa,

Gift boxes from skeleton leaves

2 December 2015 Stacking the odds in your favour

Cover a wire frame for a winter kissing bough.

11 December 2013 Glistening and glowing out in the snow

Glue twigs to create a snow scattered dome

20 December 2017 A Very Merry Christmas Star

A wire Christmas star with a secret plan to hide the twinkle

27 December 2017 Can it be?

Craft a pine tube to display a soft and snow filled winter scene