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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Three Drops of Floral Chocolate

I wanted to show off these magnificent chocolate brown cymbidiums, and I also wanted to create a meaningful Bridal design as an early start to the chocolate goodness that comes around every Valentine’s Day.

A romantic floral art arrangement that can also be used as a bridal design

The design drips down in three tiers each celebrating life, love and connection.

Floral art arrangement celebrating your roots

The first drop is to honor your roots, your past. I draped fine ivy roots to gently touch the orchids

Willow sphere with hazel, ceropegia woodii and chocolate brown cymbidium orchids

The middle drop is to look forward to a budding future. Hazel buds are woven into the willow. I also dangle a stem of rosary vine (ceropegia woodii) with the sprouting green end just touching the orchids.

Healthy variegated green grass are snugly hugging willow sphere

The last drop is to celebrate your present. Healthy variegated green grass are snugly hugging willow sphere.

Floral Art design Three Drops of floral chocolate.

Three drops of Floral Chocolate

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25 January 2012 Weaving Willow spheres

I build up the spheres by weaving willow wreaths and then use those to shape the ball

5 May 2011 Wire baubles

Make baubles from wire

11 February 2015 Stripping foliage from weaving stems

Remove foliage from stems to weave with

Favourite Flowers


Cymbidium, Boat Orchid

Salix matsudana "Tortuosa"

Curly Willow, Chinese Willow, Tortured Willow, Globe Willow, Dragon's Claw, Hankow Willow

Ceropegia woodii

Rosary vine, Chain of Hearts, Collar of hearts and String of hearts

Related Designs

30 September 2015 So

A willow sphere to display your first Autumn treasures.

2 December 2015 Stacking the odds in your favour

Cover a wire frame for a winter kissing bough.

17 August 2016 Strangeness

Weave a wreath to display air plants on

24 May 2017 Link

weave a few wreaths to link

25 October 2017 When the pretty eyeballs you back!

Barely there skeleton blossoms with Eucalyptus eyes for my Halloween design... Oh! and a Willow Paddle, which probably should have been the main Tutorial... but... well...

22 November 2017 How do squirrels Cache a tree?

Hoard a few acorns in the fork of a twig to show off a single oncidium orchid.

14 March 2018 Old, new trends

My article and willow birdcage design for wedding rings featured in DIY Weddings Magazine.

13 May 2020 be MINDFUL of the invisible stuff you add

Left over flowers and off-cuts are ideal to transform into a quick floral crown or necklace. This is the absolute easiest design, yet!

12 May 2021 It’s up there

Whether it’s a solid foot for floating flowers, the tips of new growth or the curve of a dried twig your design needs help to stay upright.

1 December 2021 It’s the most… it’s the most... Hap-Hapiest Patina Christmas of all!

This is the second of my Christmas 2021 series of designs. This year in the form of a mini workshop… my Christmas present to you. Craft a three twig sphere snow man to proudly...

28 September 2022 Inside my world

Cut open a Chinese Lantern to show off that shiny berry inside.

29 March 2023 To grow a patch of grass of our very own

The first of my new monthly articles about growing the material you need to design with. This month we are taking stock of what we need... and growing wheatgrass.

6 March 2024 A Stay Open

Grow a willow birdcage... with a bit of a Spring flower support to get it started.