Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
This design was part of my 2010 Fusion Flowers Magazine Designer of the year competition portfolio
This is the kind of thing I used to do as a child. I would spend every possible moment in the garden playing with flowers. I loved weaving and creating a magical world.
Protea Composite flower with Palm Butterflies is a Bridal Orb Bouquet, to be carried in the hand like a ball.
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 similar in shape to an African clay vase used in wedding ceremonies.
As a romantic accent I made two palm leaf butterflies with Protea bract wings to cuddle on top of the flower.
Palm Butterfly on top of the design
To get an idea of the size- look carefully at the center where the Butterflies are: this is one full size Protea flower!
Weave grasshoppers or butterflies (or fireflies) from palm leaves
Sticks and twigs create a resting spot for palm and rose butterflies
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
For a softer autumn leaf pod turn the leaves so that the bright side faces in when making the pod.