My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Spring Tray-ning

Spring Tray-ning flower arrangement by Christine de Beer

It’s so almost Spring that the sky blushed before I had my second cup of coffee this morning just as

Make a basket part of your design to display blossoms in

the sun peeked out over the almost all gone now snow

Basket armature for a Spring flower arrangement

convincing a brave bird to chirp just loud enough to

Sustainable ideas for interior floral styling

make a blossom bud blink so hard its petals dropped, startling

Catching blossom petals in a floral design

a sprout into nodding its head

Floral trends for sustainable designers

… and now I am daydreaming of my Spring balcony garden most of the time.

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Tutorials

2 March 2021 Catch Blossom Petals in a Pussy Willow tray basket

An easy to assemble yourself harvest basket to carry home and display Spring blossoms.

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...

8 July 2015 Using a pin to place tiny dew drop crystals

It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

26 April 2011 Weave a willow twig blind

Weave twigs in parallel to create a twig blind with strong but natural horizontal lines.

17 February 2016 Stack a Twig Enclosure

Loop and tie a few stacked twigs to create an enclosed floral armature

18 January 2017 Chain-link string and twig armature

By removing every other twig you open up space for larger flowers to nestle in

9 January 2019 Winter white Tulle bridal basket

Craft a delicate bridal basket from twigs and tulle.

18 April 2018 Clematis Vine Swing

Weave a delicate nest for a small spring design.

21 March 2018 Craft a Spring basket from a wreath

A wide gap nearly basket for nearly spring

30 October 2012 Midelino Harvest Moon Basket

This is a great flat and open basket to take outside when “harvesting” your fall leaves, pods and flowers. Who knows, you might even find a ghost pumpkin or three…

11 April 2017 A little nest for Easter chocolates that naturally hooks over the edge of a container

Weave a tiny nest with a twig hook so that you can hang it in a design

3 August 2016 Hanging Willow Nest

Bend and weave a nest shape from fresh willow stems

25 March 2015 Jiyek Braiding a Pussy Willow Twig Blind

A design inspired by traditional Jiyek braiding techniques

19 February 2020 Twig snippet pillar armature

A great do-in-advance and reusable design solution for a winter, early spring floral display.

31 July 2013 Ladder-frog

Lash the orchid stems together to create a ladder for the flower to rest on.

30 April 2015 Willow twig Corsage Platform

To create a layered look for a corsage tie a foundation of twigs with fresh willow stems

30 March 2016 Construction Lumber and Dowel Spike Armature

Drill holes in a piece of lumber and insert dowel sticks to create an armature

Related Designs

4 September 2013 Been there, Seen that

My article and woven heart basket design featured in the third anniversary issue of DIY Weddings Magazine

17 February 2016 Where would you put it!?!

Tie a twig armature enclosure for fresh flowers

18 January 2017 Look at you!

Tie twigs to shape a hanging armature

9 January 2019 Magical Craftsmanship

My article and winter white Tulle bridal basket design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine.

18 April 2018 Swing Vine

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

21 March 2018 Bring some Spring

Just like the weather is only hinting at spring, so is this design only hinting at being a basket

30 October 2012 Frightis Botrytis!

Weave a Midelino cane coil harvest basket to display ghost pumpkins and frightful woolly "botrytis" in. Have a fun Halloween everyone!

11 April 2017 Well… we did it again!

Blossoms and chocolates for Easter

8 April 2011 Large Open Weave Twig Basket

Easter Basket used in the Durbanville Flower Club Easter Parade Demonstration

3 August 2016 Practice

Weave a willow bird nest

25 March 2015 Pulling some Strings

Braid a twig blind armature

19 February 2020 The Upside of being Inside

A creative design that has some height to it without blocking the view. This can easily be scaled up or down to match the environment you want to display it in.

31 July 2013 Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer

A tiny orchid stem ladder keeps the orchid suspended just above the water line

23 October 2012 Everlasting

Design Inspiration Video: Take a few twigs, snippets of air plants and succulents and combine both traditional wire and tape techniques with more contemporary methods to embed a...

15 February 2017 Step Along

Create twig steps to display the orchids