My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Canned right after harvest

Canned right after harvest floral art design by Christine de Beer

What I want from my design

Using a can as a design mechanic

is something between a natural tone-

Bunny tail grass and calla lilies in a floral design

You know when you walk in an enchanted forest, it's all misty and twilight has fallen, and the moon is particularly moony and the tree trunks are wearing their best mushrooms and moss as if they were expecting you? Well… this is how these grow there.

How to use a can for a container in a floral design

And then always with some edge-

Upcycle cans for flower arrangements

just that touch of… wait, I wonder how you do that thing there

Sustainable design idea using a can as a water source for a minimal floral arrangement

to keep you interested.

Arrange bunny tail grass and calla lilies in anchovies cans

That is my effortless style design formula. What’s yours?

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16 August 2023 Use the pull tab of a can to keep your floral details in place

Love anchovies cans. And if you fold over the pull tab just so it is perfect for keeping even longer stem flowers upright.

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.

30 August 2011 Curving Calla Lilies

Follow the flower's natural curve but you can also curve only sections to create an elegant crescent or a curve at the tip of the stem

30 August 2017 Standing a water tube at an angle in lumber

Create a minimal design by placing a single flower on a platform

15 March 2017 Wedding welcome and direction sign

Hang a twig and wood mobile at your weeding as a direction board

16 May 2018 Adjusting the curve in plant material

It is possible to curve or adjust a curve in plant material

5 September 2018 Wisteria Vine Wreath Armature

Create a barely there armature with sturdy end of season vines.

29 September 2021 Over the edge flower, floral support

Hook the calla lilies over the edge of a vase to create a support for your taller floral details.

24 August 2022 Balloon out grass to craft a framed armature

Carefully bubble out a tied bunch of grass to make a cavity to display gorgeous flowers.

15 January 2014 Seal cans to prevent rust rings

Metal cans will rust leaving a stain on surfaces.

23 October 2013 Hanging leaves from a Hazel twig top bar

Create a free moving autumn leaf screen

21 September 2022 Counterbalance elegantly leaning Calla lilies with dressed up Dried Autumn Details

Using those much treasured dried autumn details to bridge the gap between the bright green of summer and the brightness that is yet to come.

Favourite Flowers


Calla Lily, Arum Lily

Related Designs

30 August 2017 If

Place a water tube at an angle in lumber so that the Zantedeschia float just above the base to show off the delicate grass snippets scattered up the stem

30 July 2014 See you around

Weave a few spheres to create a simple design

14 October 2015 What a find!

Roll autumn leaves to create a frog to keep flowers upright

15 March 2017 Wedding Welcome

My article and wedding direction board design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

26 September 2018 Cover Story

The design for the cover of my book, the effortless floral craftsman, crafted from Fiddlehead Fern and Red Lipstick Hanging Heliconia.

16 May 2018 It goes like this...

Gently curve plant material.

5 September 2018 Wreath Vine Season!

Weave tiny wreaths on the stems of Wisteria vines

29 September 2021 Creative Direction

Hang the arum lilies from the edge of a container to support all the other floral details.

24 August 2022 Hot air balloon

A grass bubble to frame two of the most beautiful calla lilies.

12 March 2014 Petrichor

A minimalist design in a shallow tray

23 October 2013 Their work well done

String Autumn leaves to fall down in a design

21 September 2022 Balanced Attitude

Getting the balance just so... so that you lean into the first sights of Autumn.