My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Catch and Release

Catch and Release floral art design by Christine de Beer

Pro-tip: If you are in any way uneasy

How to knot a bug net from vines for a flower arrangement

about all kinds of bugs and creepy crawlies…

Grow baby's breath for flower arranging

Just befriend a floral designer.

Knot a tiny butterfly net to add to summer floral designs

It’s practically part of our job description.

Zero waste and sustainable floral design ideas for summer

And if you hang around floral designers long enough there is a 100% chance that you will witness a spectacular catch and release of an absolutely wild crazy eyed critter

Composite arrangement of summer flowers from your garden

… without a bat of an eyelash, a drop of a petal or

Craft details from plant material from your garden for flower arranging

much of a “hang on…” that could interrupt the conversation.

ps: Happy Canada Day flower buddies!

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Tutorials

28 June 2023 Knot a vine wreath and ripped grass bug net

Simply easy design... with tiny design details to make your summer display unique.

1 November 2011 Weaving a twig wreath

For my design I wanted the wreath to look wind blown so I added a few loosely woven twigs into the weave. I also wanted to emphasize the autumn colours so I added a twirling...

19 February 2013 Manipulating stems: Snapping at an angle, Bending, Spiraling, Curling and Straightening

Most stems, twigs and even sturdier branches can be bend into shapes. It takes practice and more than a bit of patience. The main idea is to slowly manipulate the branch without...

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.

4 December 2013 Flower Girl Red Net Basket

Weave a twig wreath for an easy net basket

11 February 2015 Stripping foliage from weaving stems

Remove foliage from stems to weave with

11 February 2015 Willow Heart Wand

10 January 2018 Long lasting flower wand

Create a long lasting wand with Kalachoe.

16 March 2016 Willow Parasol

Weave willow stems into a decorative parasol

3 August 2016 Hanging Willow Nest

Bend and weave a nest shape from fresh willow stems

7 September 2016 Willow flower crown

Loosely weave willow tips to create an ethereal crown

11 April 2017 A little nest for Easter chocolates that naturally hooks over the edge of a container

Weave a tiny nest with a twig hook so that you can hang it in a design

29 May 2013 Tiny Rattan Basket

Weave a thin and delicate rattan basket

27 September 2017 Tendril vine Wreath Pumpkin

Reshape a vine wreath into smaller wreaths to combine as a pumpkin

18 April 2018 Clematis Vine Swing

Weave a delicate nest for a small spring design.

5 September 2018 Wisteria Wreath Vine

Weave tiny vine wreaths on the leave stems of a stripped Wisteria vine

21 March 2018 Craft a Spring basket from a wreath

A wide gap nearly basket for nearly spring

24 May 2017 Designing an odd one out wreath

Adding floral material to a wreath design

11 September 2019 Weave a small wreath in the side twig of a willow branch to keep a flower in place in your design

This is both a decorative and functional design solution. But most importantly, I think, there is absolutely zero waste.

1 March 2023 Glue an early Spring basket from leftover cherry blossom twigs

After the last petal drops cut the blossom twigs into snippets to craft a basket with.

19 April 2023 Willow and Vine tiny stem Gathering Basket

Tiny stems are often also delicate stems... place your cut flowers directly in a small glass of water. A perfect fit for this basket.

Favourite Flowers

Gypsophila

Baby’s breath, soap wort, Gyp, Gypsophila

Related Designs

6 April 2011 Butterfly Net

Create a Butterfly Net to suit your design "personality"

5 June 2012 Flower Girl’s Butterfly Net and Ring Bearer Bug Box

Two fairy tale design details that will capture the imagination of even the youngest members of your wedding party. A tiny bug box to carry your rings in for the ring bearer and...

11 February 2015 Love Spell

Weave willow to create a heart shaped wand design

10 January 2018 Let some magic find you

My article and floral wand design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

16 March 2016 Creative Expectations

My article and a floral parasol design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

3 August 2016 Practice

Weave a willow bird nest

7 September 2016 You are all invited!

My article and Willow Crown design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

11 April 2017 Well… we did it again!

Blossoms and chocolates for Easter

24 May 2017 Link

weave a few wreaths to link

27 September 2017 As tendrils tend to do

Curl a wreath with tendrils to create a twig-pumpkin

18 April 2018 Swing Vine

Weave a delicate vine swing to nestle a small vase with spring flowers in

5 September 2018 Wreath Vine Season!

Weave tiny wreaths on the stems of Wisteria vines

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

11 September 2019 Transition into Fall

A sustainable, absolutely no waste floral design using willow to suspend your flower head in your arrangement.

1 March 2023 … ish

An early... ish Spring basket glued from blossom twigs

19 April 2023 Short Cut

A tiny carry basket to gather the shortest stems from your cutting garden... with a place for water and your cutters.

12 August 2015 Catch of the Day

Weave a loose basket to display a single flower... or three