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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Kinda Corny

Kinda Corny cornhusk floral design by Christine de Beer

How popcorn is corn that got so excited it turned inside out.

Using corn husk in a flower arrangement

… and how hand sanitizer is introverted corn that goes to sit in a quiet dark corner to peacefully ferment.

Pretty crafts using corn husks in Fall

You know how fireworks need to burn just so…? That’s corn being really good at bonding.

Corn husk and chrysanthemum flower arrangement for autumn decorating

And how you get hand soap when corn completely overachieves to go and make up 25% of the ingredients needed!

Sustainable flower design for fall using corn husk and chrysanthemums

There’s candy corn, which is corn that wannabe corn, only much, much sweeter.

Corn husk armature for contemporary floral design

And toothpaste- which is when corn wants you to feel what it is like to be corn for roughly 2 minutes by adding the texture to a very good idea.

Modern autumn floral design for sustainable floristry

Elmer’s pourable glue? Yup made of corn

Corn husk crafting for flower arrangers

And sweetcorn and pretty corn and corn mazes, and corn flakes, and paper, and crayons and chalk and jellybeans and diapers and carpets and eco plastic and feed… well… funny how everything seems to be just a little bit more… corny this time of year.

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22 September 2021 Crafting a Corny Corn Husk Corn Armature

Four ears of corn, corn husk wire armature with a hidden water source for the fresh flowers.

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.

3 January 2011 Syringe with tube

Easy way to fill test tubes and easiest way to remove water from a vase

18 November 2015 Autumn leaf and decorative tissue paper gift bag

A gift bag that dries beautifully

19 August 2015 Bark pod for growing a Pearl Oyster mushroom mini farm

Glue bark to a Papier Maché and wire frame to create a pod shaped armature

21 December 2016 Bark Christmas Stocking

Cover a wire frame to create a Christmas stocking armature

11 January 2017 Potted bark pod for a flowering plant

Cover a Styrofoam shape with bark to create a bowl for a potted design

18 October 2017 Papier Mache pumpkin half

Glue thin tissue paper layers to a pumpkin to create a shape to design with

30 October 2013 Spiked Autumn leaf cauldron

Pike a few (hundred!) autumn leaves to build up a hollow leaf armature

24 October 2018 Autumn leaf Christmas tree stack

Stack autumn leaves, from big to small to look like a tiny Christmas tree

29 November 2017 Autumn Screen

Craft a hanging twig and autumn leaf design

Favourite Flowers


Chrysanthemum or "mums"

Related Designs

22 January 2013 It's High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with veneer techniques

This was my second two designs for my It's High Time for Tea Floral Craft and Art Demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging Club meeting.

14 April 2011 In the Bag

My bag was woven from re-purposed wire and recycled fishing line and tiny stems of growing sweet pea plants and orchids

18 November 2015 Autumn is a mosaic of them all

Easy to assemble fall leaf and tissue paper gift bag

19 August 2015 Growth Medium

Design a bark and moss pod for a mushroom mini farm

21 December 2016 A Gleaming Cotton Christmas

Glue bark to a wire frame to create a Christmas stocking armature

11 January 2017 As special as an almost never find

Sometimes you find such a beautiful plant that you just can't bring yourself to cut it. This design explores using the entire plant, pot and all, in a design

18 October 2017 On the inside

For a softer autumn leaf pod turn the leaves so that the bright side faces in when making the pod.

30 October 2013 As the leaves melt away

Spike a few hundred fall leaves to create a cauldron for Halloween flowers

24 October 2018 It all stacks up

Quick and easy: Stack autumn leaves onto a wire for a... tiny table top Christmas tree.