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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

It's a Heatwave!

It's a Heatwave! floral design by Christine de Beer

time to remember Summer Design Rule One:

Summer floral design considerations

The warmer...

Floral foam free and sustainable flower arranging design tutorials

the weather...

Floating jasmine flowers in water for a summer flower arrangement

... the deeper...

Floating flowers in water for a summer display

the water.

Uh huh... that is rule one.

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Tutorials

3 August 2022 Above and below water jasmine in a grass square

Not only is water designs wonderfully refreshing to make... it is also wonderfully refreshing for your flowers.

14 January 2011 Ripping Flax

Flax can be ripped into fibres creating long and versatile strips

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.

3 January 2012 Bubble raft to float flowers

Flowers naturally float in water. They just don’t always naturally float on water. For that they sometimes need a bit of help.

11 July 2018 Glued Hydrangea Float

Glue a delicate hydrangea wreath to float on water

22 September 2012 Stir-stick Sunburst

Glue a radiating armature from stir-sticks.

20 May 2020 A floral float… that floats

If you know my work you have probably seen me do this: I float flowers using a tiny bubble wrap skirt... this time I am floating an entire design on it's own bubble wrap raft.

4 September 2019 Stack banana leaf rice pockets to float as rosettes

Fold and peg banana leaves into pockets so that they float freely on water. This is inspired by a traditional banana leaf craft used to cook rice in.

10 July 2019 Letting grass kick against the side of the vase to create a neat and minimal line

Plant material float about in water. To keep it in place it is best to wedge it slightly to touch the sides of the container.

7 October 2015 Keeping design details submerged in water

Flowers tend to float in water. To keep them submerged you need to add a bit of weight

7 July 2021 Floral Raft in a Bottle

Float flowers in a bottle by giving each flower their own little bubble wrap raft-skirt.

30 June 2021 Sparkling dew drop puddle to keep flowers hydrated even during a heatwave

Done in no time design... and it is rather refreshing to make.

15 July 2015 Floating transparent ripples to support delicate floral material

Cut circles out of transparencies to make ripples in the water

Related Designs

3 January 2012 Going Cold Twinkle Turkey

Is it better to go Cold Twinkle Turkey and embrace the minimalist living room or rather ease into it?

11 July 2018 Stay-a-Float

Snip florets from a hydrangea mop head to float on water

22 September 2012 Turning of the leaves

An Autumn Equinox design that captures the moment before the spectacular colour burst of autumn floats around again

20 May 2020 Whatever floats your boat

This is one of my best known and still my go-to core techniques for floating flowers.

4 September 2019 Gently down the stream

A mindful summer craft using banana leaves to create a floating arrangement.

10 July 2019 These are my favourite summer things:

A submerged design... perfect for summertime designing... and enjoying!

30 August 2011 Ichi-go, ichi-e

Freely translated it means Each Moment, Only Once. It is a saying associated with Japanese tea ceremonies.

7 October 2015 Down-bubble

Add grass "bubbles" that can be repositioned to your design

11 May 2022 Is this new…?

Giving old ideas a new twist to refresh it for Spring

24 September 2014 Leapfrog

Fold and weave a frog from grass

20 August 2014 Summer

A quick and easy design for summer

7 July 2021 Do and Don'ts

One of my trusty tried and tested techniques. When the going gets hot... float your flowers!

30 June 2021 Into a Puddle!

Heat proof floral design for summer.

15 July 2015 So Fine

Use transparencies to create floating devices for the flower material