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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Cherry twig cocoon

Japanese aesthetic, wabi-sabi, acknowledges three simple truths:nothing lasts, nothing is done, and nothing is perfect

Now that's Floral Art!

Oncidium orchid cocoon

I made my cocoon from cherry twigs. Each tiny twig is glued to a Bullion wire frame to create a translucent cocoon.

This was in early spring. The idea was to add tiny blossoms to the cocoon. Then came summer and I wanted to add small green and ripe raspberries to the cocoon.

Close up of the cherry twig cocoon

Now it’s early fall and fluffy Dandelion seeds are blowing everywhere and I finally dressed my twig cocoon with Oncidium orchids and dandelion seeds.

Maybe I should continue to build on this idea and create a cocoon series.

Tip of the floral cocoon

The Orchids are in glass test tubes filled with water to keep them fresh. Orchids are very slow water drinkers which makes them ideal for small test tube designs.

Dandelion seeds on the floral cocoon

The dandelion seeds are scattered onto the design and kept in place with a glue silk that I spun around the design.

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16 August 2011 Twig cocoon

Cherry twig frame for my cocoon design

16 August 2011 Fast way to fill a lot of test tubes in awkward places

I do not believe in arranging flowers without a water source of some kind. I want my flowers to remain as beautiful for as long as possible and I often get quite creative to...

28 March 2011 Spinning a Hot Glue Spider Web or silk for a Floral Cocoon

How to spin (and remove) hot glue spider web or floral cocoon

16 August 2011 Cut spiked flower stems and foliage into short sections

Orchids grow in long flower spikes. It is great to use the entire stem but sometimes you need shorter section. There is a trick to cutting the stems without leaving a visible...

Favourite Flowers


Dancing lady

Related Designs

11 November 2015 Balancing Act

Bend dried fall leaves to balance on the edge of a glass container

15 June 2016 One tug

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

24 August 2016 Details

Glue twigs to create a vase shaped armature

21 September 2016 I found it this way: Spiderweb design

This was the first design I did in my "I found it this way" floral art demonstration

12 October 2016 I found it this way: Bird nest design

This was the fourth design I did in my "I found it this way" floral art demonstration

18 July 2018 Is it an Isit?

Deep cherry red Miltonia orchid in a platter of cherries

11 March 2020 On-Spring-dium

A almost impossibly delicate oncidium (dancing lady) orchid wreath.