My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

All Aboard!

Let’s kick off the first birthday celebrations of my book with a design that made it super-duper-extra-super-size difficult not to share my book designs with you as I went along. Oh yes! There are quite a few designs in my book that you have never seen before. And… OH! YES!… of all the designs that are included in the book this one really was the hardest to keep secret! But my book is turning 1 and… well… we are all friends here… so here it is:

All Aboard floral design by Christine de Beer

Here... we... go

A contemporary flower arrangement using no floral foam

All aboard!

Floating an orchid and rooting succulents in one design

Are you ready?

Turn your familiar vase into something new by balancing it on it's side

Hold on tight!

Minimal floral styling for modern interiors


Using a fishbowl vase in a new way

… and we have liftoff…

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4 March 2020 Balancing a fishbowl vase on its side for a floating design

Give new life to an old vase by turning and balancing it on it's side. It's actually easier than it looks... and it looks super impressive!

3 January 2011 Syringe with tube

Easy way to fill test tubes and easiest way to remove water from a vase

3 January 2012 Bubble raft to float flowers

Flowers naturally float in water. They just don’t always naturally float on water. For that they sometimes need a bit of help.

24 April 2019 Balance a cake stand lid on it’s side to create a leaning design

Suspend a flower for an unusual but minimalist design over a leaning container lid.

8 January 2020 Leaf-puddle for a short stem in a big vase

Add a leaf to a large-ish vase to create a small puddle of water for your short flower stem to rest in.

5 September 2018 Wisteria Vine Wreath Armature

Create a barely there armature with sturdy end of season vines.

30 August 2011 Suspending and positioning a Phalaenopsis orchid under water

Flowers naturally float and you will need some kind of sinker to keep them suspended under water.

25 August 2011 Placing orchids in test tubes

Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.

Favourite Flowers

Ceropegia woodii

Rosary vine, Chain of Hearts, Collar of hearts and String of hearts


Cymbidium, Boat Orchid

Related Designs

20 May 2020 Whatever floats your boat

This is one of my best known and still my go-to core techniques for floating flowers.

12 August 2020 A lesson in letting be

Deceptively simple. A design that relies on you working with not against what is already there.

27 January 2021 Knot how it was supposed to go

When you figure out the "how to" tricks of manipulating plant material it is possible to respectfully set them into seemingly impossible new directions.

7 June 2023 Be excited

Oh my! Picked from my balcony garden... after I thought I completely missed it blooming.

31 January 2024 Surround and Sound

Half moon frosted glass chip edge for a winter themed design.

24 April 2019 Put aside

Urgh… my glass cake stand broke leaving me with a still beautiful, but now mismatched and extremely inspirational lid...

8 January 2020 Rest a bit here

Gently curve a shallow area with a leaf to showcase a gorgeous flower with a short stem in a water filled vase

5 September 2018 Wreath Vine Season!

Weave tiny wreaths on the stems of Wisteria vines

30 August 2011 Ichi-go, ichi-e

Freely translated it means Each Moment, Only Once. It is a saying associated with Japanese tea ceremonies.