My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Take a swing at it

Take a swing at it floral arrangement by Christine de Beer

just try

Hydrangeas need deep water to remain hydrated

give it a go

Soft minimal floral styling for summer interiors

make an attempt

Sustainable and easy to do flower arranging ideas for summer

take a swing at it

Using weaving in contemporary flower arrangements

If it turns out pretty… yay!

Zero waste floral foam free design inspiration and free tutorials

If not so much? Have fun trying… right?

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Tutorials

15 June 2022 Swing ripped foliage over a mop-head of hydrangeas to follow the natural curve

Gently curve ripped foliage over flowers to add a cooling movement to a minimal summer design.

14 January 2011 Ripping Flax

Flax can be ripped into fibres creating long and versatile strips

15 April 2015 Stretching leaves and foliage into a ringlet curl

Most leaves and foliage can be slightly manipulated to curve or curl.

3 January 2011 Syringe with tube

Easy way to fill test tubes and easiest way to remove water from a vase

25 May 2016 Sliced Grassy Cabbage

Slicing a cabbage to create an armature for a vegetable design.

16 June 2021 Shelter grass veil for a round container

A single lily flower design dressed up with a grass veil.

12 June 2019 Loop-over grass veil for a cool summer design

A cool and minimal floral design for summer.

13 September 2017 Tape a grid around the edges of a container for a table top wreath

Suspend flowers with an almost invisible taped grid

23 August 2017 Twirl a ripped Phormium pumpkin pod

Rip the New Zealand flax to create a delicate fiber armature

21 July 2021 Knot a delicate hammock from ripped foliage

Light and airy addition to a floral design to celebrate summer

7 November 2018 Ripped Flax Mittens

Knot delicate floral mittens from flax.

8 August 2018 Wrap around grass loop and knot armature

Connect strips of ripped grass to create a knotted armature for short stemmed flowers

4 June 2014 Weaving a ring basket

Create a wire frame and weave ripped foliage around it

Favourite Flowers

Hydrangea

Hydrangea, when cultivated as a cut flower rather as a plant it is often revered to as Hortensia

Related Designs

25 May 2016 Half the Fun

Cut a cabbage to create a design platform

26 June 2012 Diamond Jubilee Waterfall

To commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee and the 20th Anniversary of Friends of Government House Gardens Society a Horticultural event was hosted in the gardens and...

11 April 2011 Veiled Sunshine:50th Anniversary of the South African Orchid Society at the Cape Town Convention Centre.

Bright and sunny cymbidium orchids and roses, lilies, lisianthus and pincushions

16 June 2021 Dream Rescue

Weave the most delicate grass shelter veil for a gorgeous lily.

12 June 2019 Almost... all over!

Loop a grass veil over a lily stem to create a minimalist summer design.

13 September 2017 Around again

Tape a grid at the edge of a container

23 August 2017 Almost is still not quite

Weave just a hint of the Autumn to come

6 November 2012 Mr. Stalk, the Seriously Terrifying Scarecrow, on his Day Off

An easy going design of ripped grass and calla lilies. But look a bit closer. See if you can find Mr. Stalk relaxing somewhere between the blades of grass.

21 July 2021 High-Strung

String up a tiny hammock for a dreamy summer vacation design

7 November 2018 Grab your party mittens, flower buds… it’s Book Launch Day!

Celebrating my book launch by knotting floral mittens using the design Tutorial from my book and the template from the free gift template booklet.

8 August 2018 On the net

Knot a net to rest short stem orchids on.

4 June 2014 All white, just not quite

My article and woven ring basket design featured in the summer issue of DIY Weddings Magazine

22 July 2020 Step It Up

Dress up a pair of hand coiled flip-flops with succulents.