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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Around and about the new year

Around and about the new year floral art design by Christine de Beer

Let me see… there’s round black-eyed peas, pork and rice to be eaten on January 1

How to make a cranberry ball for winter decorating

And in New York City's Times Square crowds have gathered to watch the ball drop since 1907.

Hollow cranberry ball for winter styling

Some celebrate with a few coins

All natural design details for Christmas decorating

12 round grapes to be eaten at 12

Glow cranberries with fairy lights

round onions to be hung

Cranberry lantern for winter interior styling

Or polka dots to be worn

Cranberry sphere instead of a floral centerpiece

Some plates to be smashed

Cranberry ball for winter decorating

have you noticed how many New Year's traditions are all round, all round!?!

As the New Year is now all around us…I hope you will discover something all round new and all round wonderful about yourself. Happy 2023, flower buddy.

ps: thank you for all the wonderful wishes and lovely replies to our weekly email. It keeps me going on those low inspiration days.

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4 January 2023 Cranberry snow glow lantern

Sugar frosted cranberry ball filled with fairy lights.

4 January 2023 Snow glow fluffy display bed for your design details

A cranberry lantern to cozy up a white winter's evening.

27 November 2012 Fluff cotton wool for snow

Cotton balls can be unrolled and fluffed to create long garlands of "snow"

15 December 2011 Sugar Frosted flowers, fruit or foliage

Egg white and sugar creates a natural frost effect

17 April 2013 Skeleton Leaf Flameless Candle Cocoon

Cover a balloon with skeleton leaves to create a cocoon

1 October 2012 Weaving a ball shaped Dew-drop Catcher from grass

Weave a sphere from grass

28 April 2021 A contained design for watching those pretty twigs get their leaves

Careful manipulation of twigs in a shallow container. With a special note on how to use new growth.

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

17 July 2019 Twig Dome Armature

Crafted from a hand full of twigs to give you a large design... even though you add only two stems of sweet peas.

16 January 2019 Delicate Twig Hammock Armature to keep tulips upright in a shallow container

Craft a suspended armature to create a clear winter design.

24 July 2012 Blow away hot glue strands

When you glue a structure with hot glue there are always a few stray strands of glue stuck all over the design. Blow it away with a hairdryer.

30 April 2014 Scattered grass armature

An grass armature that looks scattered but is actually very secure

27 April 2022 Grass snippet globe with T-connections for a (shaded) second layer

Craft two snippet half moons to connect... and... then add a second layer of grass snippets here and there to shade the flowers.

3 February 2016 Connect the dot grass Armature

Connect the ends of grass snippets to create a spherical grass armature

Related Designs

17 April 2013 Hide-and-go-peek

Create a soft light by making a leaf cocoon for a flameless candle

1 October 2012 How to catch a dew drop:

Weave a sphere from grass to catch a precious and exquisite and perfect glistening early autumn dew drop

28 April 2021 Here comes the sun...

A minimal design celebrating the new growth on twigs

17 July 2019 … and... a bit more... effort… to make it special

Instead of just placing a handful of twigs and two stems of sweet peas in a vase... why not...?

16 January 2019 Every. Single. Week.

Stand tulips upright in a shallow container with a suspended twig armature.

30 April 2014 Scattered

Scatter some dried grass to make a floral armature

27 April 2022 Shine Shade

Glue snippets of grass into a double layer sphere to create a sheltered floral globe.

3 February 2016 Connect the dot

Connect snippets of grass to create a shelter for your flowers