My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

I tip my (flower) cap!

Here's to more making stuff pretty and making pretty stuff!

I tip my (flower) cap flower arrangement by Christine de Beer

2020 asked of us in ways we still don’t even understand, but here we are at the end of this mangled and tangled, twisted, thorny and tumultuous year- hang in there, now.

Sheltered bud vase design

Let’s add a flower in your cap for every floral dream that we shared this time last year which did not quite turn out the way we hoped.

Fun floral design ideas for flower arrangers

And another flower for each new or adjusted dream we are courageously daring to dream for 2021.

Bring a little bit of nature home

Our New Design Wednesday date gave me purpose and renewed meaning to my pursuit of making pretty stuff. Your support served as a reminder that making stuff pretty is still a goal worth pursuing

Sustainable and inexpensive flower arranging tutorials

And so- let’s tip our flower caps and… let’s go make stuff pretty!

Small scale design that makes a big impression

Every good wish for 2021, flower friends.

Happy New Year!

Every week I add a new design with related tutorials. Be sure to subscribe to receive an email notification with design inspiration.

Tutorials

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

Create a tiny visual tunnel to focus attention.

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.

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

23 March 2013 Rolling leaf tubes

Roll foliage to create tubes

22 May 2019 Gently peel leaves from the stalk to create a twisted stem end

Roll leaves to create a stopper to keep flowers in place in a bud vase

14 October 2015 Roll hundreds (yes! hundreds) of autumn leaves so create a natural, upright flower frog

Rolled leaves offer support for floral stems

5 October 2016 Folded leaf nest

Leaf armature made of rolled mini Monstera leaves

4 February 2015 Fold over a tropical leaf cocoon

Fold and glue a Monstera deliciosa (delicious monster) leaf

22 March 2017 Skewered Foliage Garland

Create a garland that dries well with rolled up leaves

28 June 2017 Skewer leaf rolls to support a tiny water source for fresh flowers

Hide the water source in a rolled 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.

11 November 2015 Balancing the curved stems of dried Autumn leaf tubes

Long stemmed autumn leave tubes as a floral armature

Favourite Flowers

Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid

Ceropegia woodii

Rosary vine, Chain of Hearts, Collar of hearts and String of hearts

Related Designs

21 October 2015 Watch the leaves turn

Roll autumn leaves to create a wreath

23 March 2013 Today I'll be

Silhouette design using glasses filled with water

22 May 2019 Putting your own spin on it

I would definitely describe my own personal style as minimalist classic... but with an edgy twist.

14 October 2015 What a find!

Roll autumn leaves to create a frog to keep flowers upright

5 October 2016 I found it this way: Leaf nest design

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

4 February 2015 collywobbles!

Fold foliage butterflies

31 May 2017 Let's hang out

Skewer some Eucalyptus to suspend between the orchids

28 June 2017 Somewhere in the Middle

Skewer Dracaena leaves into a roll that supports a tiny water source for the Oncidium orchids

27 June 2018 Look deep

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

11 November 2015 Balancing Act

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