My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

By the cone full

By the cone full floral art design by Christine de Beer

Here is a cone full of thank you’s

Using a kenzan to place small spring flowers in water

To all of you

Grape hyacinth flowers in a sustainable arrangement

Who take out time in your day

Grape hyacinth flowers monstera and wire vine is a small floral design

To say hi back to me every Wednesday

Zero waste and foam free floral design tutorials for unusual and creative arrangements

Thank you’s… by the cone full!

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Tutorials

10 May 2023 Craft a padded wooden Dowel to position a leaf cone into the sharp teeth of a Kenzan

Prevent a leaf from ripping or bruising when positioning it in your design.

7 August 2019 Use a drinking straw to push foliage horizontally deep into a Kenzan to leave space for stems to rest on top of them

The teeth of a Kenzan (or pin cushion) is rather sharp. Here is a pain free way of pushing down the plant material into the teeth to keep it securely in place.

12 June 2019 Loop-over grass veil for a cool summer design

A cool and minimal floral design for summer.

12 March 2014 Grass tunnel that stays just so

Snip, roll and glue a few blades of grass to create a design feature

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.

16 June 2021 Shelter grass veil for a round container

A single lily flower design dressed up with a grass veil.

7 January 2015 Securing a kenzan

Temporarily adhere a traditional Ikebana Kenzan or pincushion to a shallow container.

8 June 2022 Eucalyptus leaf and twig blossoms in a radiating puddle of stems

Just look at that puddle! This design is all about the fresh eucalyptus... but in a cooling down for summer kind of way.

25 May 2022 Give a single upright bleeding heart flower a view through a leafy hole

Flair open a leathery leaf to craft a frame a single bleeding heart flower on its long stem.

15 November 2017 Kenzan leaf rack

Line and position pretty autumn leaves.

14 January 2013 Floral Ice Cream Cones

Weave a few cones and add orchids to make the floral ice cream cones

6 January 2021 Rolled leaf shelter for a lean-in-closer tiny bud vase design

Create a tiny visual tunnel to focus attention.

21 October 2015 Use the stem of an Autumn leaf to wrap, pin and secure it in a roll

A glue-less way of manipulating leaves

4 February 2015 Fold over a tropical leaf cocoon

Fold and glue a Monstera deliciosa (delicious monster) leaf

27 June 2018 Foliage tube armature for long stemmed freesia buds

Curl and pin a few leaves into a tube to create an armature for those "left over" freesiabuds.

23 March 2013 Rolling leaf tubes

Roll foliage to create tubes

Related Designs

6 September 2023 Mother Nature’s little magic to let us know Autumn is near

It's the little sun-washed coloured hints that makes you look again to see if you really saw what you thought you saw... yes! There really are signs of autumn everywhere!

12 June 2019 Almost... all over!

Loop a grass veil over a lily stem to create a minimalist summer design.

12 March 2014 Petrichor

A minimalist design in a shallow tray

16 June 2021 Dream Rescue

Weave the most delicate grass shelter veil for a gorgeous lily.

8 June 2022 Make Believe

Ever seen an eucalyptus flower? This is... and is not one.

7 August 2019 Point Out: this is a single bunch of gladiolus!

Cut stems of Gladiolus to place in a radiating summer design.

25 May 2022 Grateful Heart

Frame a single perfect Bleeding heart flower in a leaf dot.

15 November 2017 Alchemy

Gently stand leaves upright in a Kenzan

30 March 2022 Cone of Gratitude

Sweet spring design to hold some buds

17 March 2021 A scoop of pretty

A tiny budvase design that rearranges basic ingredients, such as a single leaf and an orchid to create a new design concept.

6 January 2021 I tip my (flower) cap!

An enclosed design that invites the onlooker to lean in closer to explore the pretty orchid.

27 June 2018 Look deep

Curl foliage to use as a natural armature for delicate buds.

11 May 2022 Is this new…?

Giving old ideas a new twist to refresh it for Spring