My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

All white, just not quite

My article and woven ring basket design featured in the in the summer issue of
DIY Weddings Magazine

Choosing a colour scheme for your dream wedding is as individual as your personal love story. It sets the tone of the wedding and is often the first thing people notice about your floral designs.

Woven ring basket

Perfectly matching your wedding colours is often a struggle and can cause lots of needless frustration.

Always consider the effect the environment will have on your chosen colour scheme before you spend endless hours matching and searching for exactly the same coloured candles to match your flowers and your bridesmaids shoes.

Phalaenopsis orchid and rosary vine design.

Ambient light changes the appearance of colours, so it is best to decide on your colour scheme in the location where the colours will be used.

When viewed in the same light, you will quickly see if variations in colour are noticeable, detracting or desired. A bold colour scheme will appear muted the moment it is placed in a darker area.

Woven orchid and vine ring basket

Darker warm colours such as burgundy or mauve will appear black in candle light and fluorescent tube lighting will dull even the boldest colour scheme.

Rip foliage to weave the basket

Even the slightest bit of one colour can affect the appearance of another and sometimes it is exactly this colour variation that highlights your chosen wedding colour.

Giving it dominance can add visual interest and impact.

Add a few dew drop beads

With little effort, you can create a well balanced and harmonious colour scheme with shades (your colour plus black,) tints (your colour plus white,) and tones (your colour plus gray.)

Analogous colours (colours on either side of your colour a the colour wheel) can also add dimension to your designs. This does not need to be too obvious, even a slight touch of variation will have the desired effect.

Remember, only make a decision in the same ambient light.

DIY Wedding Magazine Article

Thank you DIY Weddings Magazine for inviting me to be part of your summer issue. It is filled with creative inspiration. Have a look at the on-line magazine.

Every week I add a new design with related tutorials. Be sure to subscribe to receive an email notification with design inspiration.


4 June 2014 Weaving a ring basket

Create a wire frame and weave ripped foliage around it

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.

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.

14 January 2011 Ripping Flax

Flax can be ripped into fibres creating long and versatile strips

Favourite Flowers


Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid

Ceropegia woodii

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

Related Designs

25 November 2015 So white

A dried Baby's breath and fresh orchid wreath

13 January 2016 Once Upon A Time

Stack and glue a Grass Pyramid Armature

7 December 2016 Oh! So clever

My article and Bridal basket design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

1 March 2017 Gumusservi

To celebrate the 6th year anniversary of My Creative Workbook I am looking at the most popular Tutorial I have done to date:

17 May 2017 Nobody move!

Weave a small basket with a lid to keep fluffy treasures in

23 August 2017 Almost is still not quite

Weave just a hint of the Autumn to come

16 October 2019 Center Peace

A visual breather from all the bright and festive designs to come when designing for Autumn.

21 July 2021 High-Strung

String up a tiny hammock for a dreamy summer vacation design

15 June 2022 Take a swing at it

A cooling design for early summer days with swinging ripped grass and more than enough water for thirsty hydrangeas.