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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Heard it through the grapevine?

Heard it through the grapevine floral art design

Have you heard my BIG news?

Grapevine armature for a no foam floral design

Staying in the loop?

Contemporary floral design

Did you hear??? Isn’t it wonderful?

Cymbidium orchids suspended over a shallow container

Maybe a little bird told you so?

Unusual design solutions for florists

… heard it through the grapevine?

Designing with short stem flowers in a shallow container.

Uh huh… I have amazing news!


The INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD assigned 1st place honours to my book The Effortless Floral Craftsman, a floral crafter’s guide to crafting with nature in the category: Crafts & Hobbies. The competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. Selected award Winners and Distinguished Favorites are based on overall excellence to recognize distinction from small presses and independent publishers.

To order a copy or to add your review to the book review pages:
Craftmanship edition: for professional readers who put guidebooks to good use. Partially handcrafted by specialist binders to last. Large in size and print to make it easy to follow the How To's at a glance. Opens to lie flat on your design table for a panoramic view of the two pages. The hardcover is durable and easy to wipe clean. Available here from my web-shop. I sign and gift wrap each copy
Design Room edition: for casual readers who read and refer to it when needed. It also has a durable, easy to wipe clean hardcover. The content is the same as the 'Craftsmanship' edition only smaller in print and size. You can order your copy here:
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E-book: for readers who want How To's on the go. Download from Amazon
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15 May 2019 Glue a grapevine armature shaped like the petals of an open rose

Cut a wreath into sections to glue back together into a beautiful rose petal shape

29 July 2015 Disk Twig Armature

Glue a few wigs to follow the shape of a glass bowl to create a disk armature

24 July 2012 Blow away hot glue strands

When you glue a structure with hot glue there are always a few stray strands of glue stuck all over the design. Blow it away with a hairdryer.

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

7 February 2018 Bend Wired Equisetum into a Hollow Wreath

Craft a wreath with a hollow cavity inside to use as an armature for your flowers

18 January 2012 Butterfly hairclip claws to hold twigs in place while glue dries

Butterfly hair clips are the perfect little claws to help you hold tiny items in place while you wait for glue to dry

7 December 2011 Hang a wreath on a door without knocking nails into the door face

I use two methods (or a combination of both) to attach a wreath to a door.

7 September 2016 Willow flower crown

Loosely weave willow tips to create an ethereal crown

Favourite Flowers


Cymbidium, Boat Orchid

Related Designs

28 April 2021 Here comes the sun...

A minimal design celebrating the new growth on twigs

15 September 2021 Blowing this way and that

Craft an arch armature to display those early autumn treasures.

14 September 2022 Overgrown S-Autum-mer Swirl

Designing for somewhere not still summer not yet autumn weather...

2 November 2022 bonfire

A final rosy burst of fiery autumn colour.

29 July 2015 Beautiful Things

Glue a few twigs into a disk armature

7 February 2018 Up around the bend

Bend Equisetum into curves to wire into an open wreath shape

7 December 2011 Forest Filigree Christmas Wreath

I wanted my Hazel twig wreath to look like forest filigree: mysteriously overgrown, tangled with age and dappled with moss and lichen. The wreath is also dressed with fresh and...

26 August 2015 Bent

Weave a wreath from sweetpea stems and tendrils

7 September 2016 You are all invited!

My article and Willow Crown design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

20 January 2011 The last Vine Wreath

Every designer knows how to stretch their supplies. We use and re-use our dried plant material until our fellow designers feel like hiding it from us. I formed such an...

9 December 2015 On a Grand Scale

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

17 August 2016 Strangeness

Weave a wreath to display air plants on