My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

The tiniest drop

The tiniest drop flower arrangement by Christine de Beer

Ripples out,

Phalaenopsis orchid in a lily grass vase

ripples out,

Phalaenopsis orchid in a sustainable floral design

ripples out,

a single Phalaenopsis orchid with a bunch of lily grass in a summer flower arrangement

ripples out,

Phalaenopsis orchid in a zero waste no floral foam flower arrangements for summer

Ripples out.

Adding tiny drops of kindness to your floral designs

A smile, a “oh hello”, a “no, you go first…” it matters and it ripples out.

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Tutorials

20 July 2022 Breezy lily grass ripple

A radiating design that has the freedom of movement to add a bit of a cooling effect on the warmer days of summer.

7 January 2015 Securing a kenzan

Temporarily adhere a traditional Ikebana Kenzan or pincushion to a shallow container.

15 April 2015 Stretching leaves and foliage into a ringlet curl

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

7 August 2019 A Three level Kenzan skewer stack to Radiate Gladiolus spikes flat in a shallow container

Build up a design in a shallow container by stacking it by threading the plant material into the teeth of a pin cushion in three levels.

7 August 2019 Use a drinking straw to push foliage horizontally deep into a Kenzan to leave space for stems to rest on top of them

The teeth of a Kenzan (or pin cushion) is rather sharp. Here is a pain free way of pushing down the plant material into the teeth to keep it securely in place.

8 June 2022 Eucalyptus leaf and twig blossoms in a radiating puddle of stems

Just look at that puddle! This design is all about the fresh eucalyptus... but in a cooling down for summer kind of way.

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

A cool and minimal floral design for summer.

29 January 2020 Weave a long lasting (without using floral foam) in a vase floral design basket

Give your woven grass a water source by designing the basket in a vase rather than placing the vase in a basket

24 July 2018 Lemon Aid Container Stopper

Keep flowers in place by placing a lemon on the narrow rim of the container.

22 June 2016 Lily grass spiral in a vase

Twist lily grass slightly to create a spiral for the orchids to nestle in

29 September 2021 Over the edge flower, floral support

Hook the calla lilies over the edge of a vase to create a support for your taller floral details.

15 November 2017 Kenzan leaf rack

Line and position pretty autumn leaves.

Favourite Flowers

Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid

Related Designs

7 August 2019 Point Out: this is a single bunch of gladiolus!

Cut stems of Gladiolus to place in a radiating summer design.

8 June 2022 Make Believe

Ever seen an eucalyptus flower? This is... and is not one.

12 June 2019 Almost... all over!

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

7 January 2015 Any Which Way

Using a traditional Ikabana Kenzan to place flowers in a shallow container

29 January 2020 Peekaboo

A light and airy (no floral foam but still long lasting) floral design for those days that you are really, really looking for signs of Spring.

25 July 2018 Lemon Aid

Use a lemon as a stopper to keep floral material in place

25 January 2017 What is in a basket of spectacular?

Weave a basket with dangling edges for a single orchid display

22 June 2016 Perfection

Spiral grass to create a nest for the lady slipper orchids

29 September 2021 Creative Direction

Hang the arum lilies from the edge of a container to support all the other floral details.

6 June 2018 Hi-Lo

Perfect stems, perfect flowers. Needs nothing more.

15 November 2017 Alchemy

Gently stand leaves upright in a Kenzan