Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
On the inside
Turn the leaves inside out…
with the down side facing up.
Glue the inner bits to the outer layer.
Add some more pretty leaves to the interior of the exterior
with a few at the heart of the edge
and to the entire leafy middle of the outside.
Glue thin tissue paper layers to a pumpkin to create a shape to design with
Turn the leaf so that the muted underside faces outward to create a more understated Autumn colour scheme .
Cover a Styrofoam shape with bark to create a bowl for a potted design
I save all the thin tissue paper or un-printed newsprint papers that are wrapped around the flowers that are delivered to me to make batches of Papier Mache with. These sheets...
Glue newsprint paper to balloons to make large egg shaped containers to design in
Glue bark to a Papier Maché and wire frame to create a pod shaped armature
Great way to use all the autumn leaves you collect on walks during the season. Slowly build up the leaf rosette and let the leaves dry before adding a few more.
Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.
Pike a few (hundred!) autumn leaves to build up a hollow leaf armature
Fold and thread an autumn leaf armature for a thankful Thanksgiving design
A physalis husk pumpkin to celebrate the last bright rays of Autumn.
This orchid developed at the very end of a long stem... right as the rest of the flowers started to die back so I made a special armature to display the cut stem.
To create this huge Protea I took apart nine Protea flower heads and glued the tepals and bracts back on to a polystyrene ball to create a large Protea composite flower that is...
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
A clean Easter design. The tiny blossoms are Kalanchoe 'Calandiva Pink'. Tucked low in the paper eggs are a few Cymbidium orchids and the twigs are contorted hazel. The...
Spike a few hundred fall leaves to create a cauldron for Halloween flowers
My bark bowl design and tutorial featured in the Centrepiece Wedding Magazine
Easy to assemble fall leaf and tissue paper gift bag