My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman


We are continuing our month long first birthday celebrations of my book with another design... that I really wanted to show you. Now if you already have a copy you know it is a rather big book. But I so wanted to show you more of this particular design. I quite like it! But there was no space. Fortunately for us... the internet is a big space! So here we go: you will find it on page 195, where I talk about creative hydrating solutions.

On-Spring-dium flower arrangement by Christine de Beer

from Wikipedia: “Dancing in a circle is an ancient tradition

How to weave an impossibly delicate spring wreath

common to many cultures for marking special occasions, rituals, strengthening community and

An easy and quick wreath weaving idea

encouraging togetherness.

Sustainable and contemporary flower arranging ideas for florist

The dance can also be enjoyed as an uplifting group experience

Zero waste and sustainable flower design techniques

or as part of a meditation.

No floral foam styling for flower arrangements and minimal interiors

Circle dances are choreographed to many different styles of music and rhythms.”

Source: Wikipedia Circle Dance

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11 March 2020 Impossibly delicate Dancing Lady orchid wreath

Weave a wreath around a cardboard circle to create an almost lace effect... perfect to capture those first signs of Spring!

19 February 2013 Manipulating stems: Snapping at an angle, Bending, Spiraling, Curling and Straightening

Most stems, twigs and even sturdier branches can be bend into shapes. It takes practice and more than a bit of patience. The main idea is to slowly manipulate the branch without...

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

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

11 February 2015 Stripping foliage from weaving stems

Remove foliage from stems to weave with

1 November 2011 Weaving a twig wreath

For my design I wanted the wreath to look wind blown so I added a few loosely woven twigs into the weave. I also wanted to emphasize the autumn colours so I added a twirling...

31 July 2012 Cherry stem Masquerade Masque

Glue cherry stems to create a mask

26 August 2015 Sun baked Sweetpea vine wreath

A perfect way to use a Lathyrus vine after all it flowered

8 July 2015 Overgrown Willow web inspired by a traditional Dream-catcher

I wanted my willow armature to hint of a web-like dreamcatcher that grows in the wild rather than being a precise replica of the traditional craft technique. But I did weave it...

14 March 2018 Willow birdcage

Weave a willow birdcage to use as a wedding ring box

29 November 2017 Autumn Screen

Craft a hanging twig and autumn leaf design

16 August 2011 Twig cocoon

Cherry twig frame for my cocoon design

Favourite Flowers


Dancing lady

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Wire dried pepper berries to a wreath with super fancy flat wire (okay... it's the humble wire from a copper pot scrubber but it still looks fancy!)

4 May 2022 Wonderful and Enough

That incredible moment when you realize that one good idea for your design really is enough...

7 September 2022 Of the shades to come

This design requires a bit of prep-time so it is perfect to make while waiting for the first autumn leaf to appear…

4 October 2023 So Into Fall

Keep you fresh plant material hydrated in water... and your dried plant material suspended to keep it from falling into the water.

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...

31 July 2012 Grown Glamour

Delicate cherry twig, rosary vine and oncidium orchid enchanted forest masquerade masque.

26 August 2015 Bent

Weave a wreath from sweetpea stems and tendrils

8 July 2015 How To Catch A Dream

Take inspiration from a traditional Dream-catcher design to create a floral armature

29 November 2017 Marcescent

Glue a delicate autumn room devider

5 April 2017 Easter Bonnet

Weave a delicate Pillbox hat

16 August 2011 Cherry twig cocoon

Japanese aesthetic, wabi-sabi, acknowledges three simple truths:nothing lasts, nothing is done, and nothing is perfect.