My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Rocking around Three Candle Trees

Christmas Flower Trends 2011
A Contemporary twist on Traditional Christmas Style details.
I designed this for the Capilano Flower Arrangers Club Christmas table centrepieces workshop

Rocking around three candle trees floral art design

Christmas Eve in our home is a formal affair. Formal but comfortable: of the evening gown and barefoot variety.

Sugar frosted winter berries

We spend the largest part of the evening gathered around our glittering dinner table.

Crystals in the wire spiral

Feasting, opening presents and just enjoying the magnificence of all things Christmas.

Winter white and green Christmas design with muted red berries

And every year I think: This has been the most wonderful Christmas of all...

Rocking around three candle trees for a Christmas table design

I dressed the wire spiral with Dendrobium orchids, alstroemeria, cymbidium orchids and lisianthus flowers

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15 December 2011 Measure the height of a table design from elbow to duck beak.

This is an easy and quick way to make sure your table design is the right hight

15 December 2011 Spiral wire support pressed into a candle

The wire spirals are supported on wire sections pressed into the wax

15 December 2011 Sugar Frosted flowers, fruit or foliage

Egg white and sugar creates a natural frost effect

Favourite Flowers


Cymbidium, Boat Orchid


Inca lily, Peruvian lily or lily of the Incas

Related Designs

1 March 2011 FLOAT

Reflex Tulip and Passion Fruit Tendrils in a wax disk


Waxed fruit and a Hot Glue nest

14 March 2011 MOULD

A mould is a hollow container or profile used to give shape to molten or hot liquid material as it cools and hardens.

28 December 2016 A Jingle Cotton Christmas

Cover a wreath frame with bark and cotton for a textured Christmas wreath design

14 June 2017 Things are looking up!

My article and Bamboo Lantern design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

6 December 2017 While I sing of beauty's treasure

Glue the most delicate twig table top Christmas tree

20 December 2017 A Very Merry Christmas Star

A wire Christmas star with a secret plan to hide the twinkle

24 January 2018 How to make a stack of just enough:

Stack two vases to create a small gap at the side to keep a leaf upright

12 December 2018 Availability of plant material shows in your design style

The last design I did for my book launch demonstration looking at aspects that influences my effortless style of designing... this week: often when we see a design element...

4 December 2019 A Very Merry eucalyptus-collar-candle Christmas!

An easy and naturally fragrant winter white candle decoration to bring nature into your house this Christmas.

18 November 2020 Have yourself a Merry Cellulose Fibre Christmas: Yule log

...ok not really that fancy- it’s made from paper pulp. A cardboard box Yule log… really. In the spirit of 2020- I am inspired by the endless stream of cardboard boxes being...

16 December 2020 Have yourself a Merry Cellulose Fibre Christmas: Snow Globe

...ok not really that fancy- it’s paper pulp. Cardboard boxes, really. In the spirit of 2020- I am inspired by the endless stream of cardboard boxes being delivered. This week...

24 November 2021 It’s the most… it’s the most... Glowing-est Patina Christmas of all!

This is the first of my Christmas 2021 series of designs. This year in the form of a mini workshop… my Christmas present to you. We will explore how to patina Copper and use it to...