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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Been there, Seen that

My article and woven heart shaped basket design featured in the in the third anniversary issue of
DIY Weddings Magazine

Bridal couples start to collect ideas long before they actually start to make or order objects for their wedding. The internet has made finding inspiration for design details easier than even before. Sharing that inspiration has also never been easier with inspiration boards like Pinterest.

Been there seen that floral art design

Sharing inspiration is part of the fun, especially with friends that will most likely also be getting married soon. This can easily result in "been there, seen that" design details

What do you do if you really want to have a unique wedding?

Freesia, jasmine and hazel decorate the basket

The secret is to be inspired by the feeling a design gives you rather than the design itself.

Search your feelings for why a specific design element appeals to you. You might love the idea of vintage tea sets. Why? Do they remind you of a more refined time? A happy childhood memory of playing tea party? A memory of your relationship to share?

Bridal heart shaped basket.

Is there something that reminds you of your family history or heritage?

The answers will enable you to make a design element your own, and significant, by adding your personal story.

Midelino Cane basket with freesia and jasmine

You do not have to try to create uniqueness, all you have to do is recognize your own uniqueness and then identify why the design element speaks to you and elaborate on that.

For example, a bride to be may want favour and flower baskets for her wedding because it reminds of romantic picnics.

Contemporary yet rustic and romantic bridal design

By weaving this one of a kind heart shaped natural Midelino Cane basket she can elaborate on the romance and take the idea of a basket, and make it uniquely personal.

Christine de Beer article in DIY Weddings Magazine

Thank you DIY Weddings Magazine for inviting me to be part of your third year anniversary 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 September 2013 Weave a heart shaped basket

An easy to assemble open weave basket

8 June 2011 Foliage Weaving

For this tutorial I focus on a simple weave pattern that does not require you to soften or prepare the leaves to be more durable or flexible. This is the starting point in...

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

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

Favourite Flowers


Freesia, freesias

Related Designs

15 June 2016 One tug

Weave willow bark strips into a nest and weave a bird from flax

21 March 2018 Bring some Spring

Just like the weather is only hinting at spring, so is this design only hinting at being a basket

22 August 2018 FreestyleFreesia

Dutch floral designer Pim van den Akker, from Flower Factor invited me to participate in a FloraHolland initiative promoting the versatility of Freesias entitled ...

23 January 2019 Do they have cold feet?

Keep flower stems upright with a folded cellophane plastic support that looks like cracked ice.

20 May 2020 Whatever floats your boat

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

3 March 2021 Spring Tray-ning

A Spring basket design for catching falling blossom petals.