My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Of trust… and belief… and stars…

Of trust and belief and stars floral art design

"Are you listening?"

Wrap and weave and twirl ripped flax to create a summer floral nest.

"Yes," said Tiffany

Wrap the tendrils, vine and ripped foliage around the wire armature.

"Good. Now… if you trust in yourself…"

Passiflora vines


Passion fruit flower.

"… and believe in your dreams…"

Dangle long stems of rosary vine loosely down the design


Add green and purple dried hydrangea flowers.

"… and follow your star…" Miss Tick went on.

Hang the design to twirl freely


Bits of flat wire peeps out of the messy plant material nest

"… you'll still get beaten by people who spend their time working hard and learning things…"

A bit of free advice from Miss Tick (The Wee Free Men written by Terry Pratchett)

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3 July 2013 Messy summer floral nest

Wrap and weave and twirl and dangle foliage to create a spiral nest

13 October 2011 Spiral Wire Cages

The cage spirals to form a basket that wrap around the plump ripe berries (or you can slip in a flower) to hang as connections between the twigs.

30 May 2012 Drying Hydrangeas: Fast, Flat or Natural

Use all three methods to dry hydrangeas to get three very different textures to use in design work.

14 January 2011 Ripping Flax

Flax can be ripped into fibres creating long and versatile strips

Favourite Flowers


Granadilla, passionflower, passion vines


Hydrangea, when cultivated as a cut flower rather as a plant it is often revered to as Hortensia

Ceropegia woodii

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

Related Designs

24 February 2016 How to make an early Spring

Roll and set willow twigs into a spring

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

31 January 2018 Rock, don't Roll

Balance the heavy Protea flower head to lean against a rock.

18 April 2018 Swing Vine

Weave a delicate vine swing to nestle a small vase with spring flowers in