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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Blossoming like a Caterpillar

A short note of gratitude before our design for this week:

The effortless floral craftsman book release ratings on Amazon

The Design Room edition of my book The Effortless Floral Craftsman was officially released on 23 March 2019. With your support it made its debut at number 16 on the best sellers list and number 2 on the Hot New Releases list for flower arranging books! I am overwhelmed in the happiest ways.
Never have I been more proud of being able to point to something and say: I made this!
* Amazon Canada * * Amazon UK

Thank you for all your support, encouragement and well wishes.
*** update: by end of week the Effortless Floral Craftsman climbed to number one on the Hot New Releases list and number three Best Sellers list!

Blossoming like a caterpillar floral art design


Crafting caterpillars from dried blossoms

the caterpillar

Nature crafts with flowers


A spring arrangement with blossoms

the end of the world,

Spring floral design with a blossom critter

the master

A minimal floral design with something fun

calls a butterfly"

... from the book "Illusions" by Richard Bach

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3 April 2019 Dried Blossom Caterpillar

Craft a pretty little critter by threading dried blossoms onto a wire.

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.

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...

9 August 2017 Weave a flat top to tip at an angle with flower stems

Craft a platform to highlight small flowers

15 April 2015 Stretching leaves and foliage into a ringlet curl

Most leaves and foliage can be slightly manipulated to curve or curl.

8 July 2015 Using a pin to place tiny dew drop crystals

It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.

1 February 2012 Love Bug

Heart shaped rosery vine and pine love bug

29 September 2011 Twig and skeleton leaf Stick Insect

Made from dried cherry twigs and a skeleton leaf.

5 January 2011 Palm leaf Hopper-flies (grasshoppers and butterflies)

Weave grasshoppers or butterflies (or fireflies) from palm leaves

Favourite Flowers


Cymbidium, Boat Orchid

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A tiny Spring detail to add to a cute little floral design.

23 August 2023 Note to Self

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9 August 2017 Hat tip

Tip a mortarboard inspired top at an angle for a glass design

20 January 2016 A lots of stuff and things

Sticks and twigs create a resting spot for palm and rose butterflies

29 September 2011 Pick-Up Sticks

A twig and stick design with sweet dumpling pumpkins and rosary vine (Ceropegia woodii). I also made a cherry twig and skeleton leaf Stick Insect

4 February 2015 collywobbles!

Fold foliage butterflies

21 June 2017 Playing Favourites

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