My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Well, well, well, if it isn’t the design solution I have been procrasti-crafting on

You are just over there learning

Well, well, well, if it isn’t the design solution I have been procrasti-crafting on flower arrangement by Christine de Beer

and trying

Heuchera (Coral Bells) leaf rosette for a orchid stem display

some creative stuff

Bletilla striata (Chinese Ground Orchid) in a  sustainable floral design

for no reason

Crafting a rosette from foliage

other than you were kinda curious…

How to take a single flower stem and display it in a wine glass floral arrangement

And now you need to do that exact same stuff to get your work done.

How to arrange flowers creatively cut from your garden

Strange how that always happens, right?

Every week I add a new design with related tutorials. Be sure to subscribe to receive an email notification with design inspiration.

Tutorials

15 May 2024 Threaded rosette foliage frog… with a kick

Threaded Heuchera (Coral Bells) rosette with curved stems to kick against the sides of your container to keep it suspended above water.

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.

11 November 2012 Autumn Leaf Rosette

Great way to use all the autumn leaves you collect on walks during the season. Slowly build up the leaf rosette and let the leaves dry before adding a few more.

4 September 2019 Stack banana leaf rice pockets to float as rosettes

Fold and peg banana leaves into pockets so that they float freely on water. This is inspired by a traditional banana leaf craft used to cook rice in.

15 February 2012 Gladiolus Composite

This looks spectacular but it is the easiest composite flower to make

24 January 2024 Suspend delicate stemmed orchids in a Willow Infinity Weave Flower Frog

Create a little grid that fits the stems exactly to position them above and below water in a large container.

19 July 2023 Knot a dragonfly

The easiest critter ever. All you need to do is make a few knots...

27 June 2018 Foliage tube armature for long stemmed freesia buds

Curl and pin a few leaves into a tube to create an armature for those "left over" freesiabuds.

30 March 2022 Double water source to keep Carnations hydrated in foliage cones

Quick and easy design... perfect for something tiny to celebrate spring.... everywhere!

10 July 2019 Letting grass kick against the side of the vase to create a neat and minimal line

Plant material float about in water. To keep it in place it is best to wedge it slightly to touch the sides of the container.

17 March 2021 Cone shaped leafy puddle for a short stemmed flower

Take all the usual ingredients for a budvase design- a flower, a leafy green something and roll it into something unusual to display.

6 January 2021 Rolled leaf shelter for a lean-in-closer tiny bud vase design

Create a tiny visual tunnel to focus attention.

10 June 2020 Overgrown vine tangle to suspend flowers in a clear vase

A zero waste and sustainable floral design solution to keep your flowers exactly where you want them without using floral foam.

28 June 2017 Skewer leaf rolls to support a tiny water source for fresh flowers

Hide the water source in a rolled leaf

30 December 2015 Eucalyptus rose

Release the soothing effect of the aroma and vapors from the Eucalyptus leaves my slightly crushing it while making roses

11 November 2015 Balancing the curved stems of dried Autumn leaf tubes

Long stemmed autumn leave tubes as a floral armature

21 February 2024 Get a head start with a long lasting shallow vine basket and succulent table top Spring display

Long, long, long lasting display that will even root in place with a few adjustments.

25 January 2023 Snowy Magnolia forest floor armature

An armature to display a lovely surprise orchid that developed on the long spike just after the other flowers started to fade.

Related Designs

11 November 2012 Leaves by Hundreds came

A rosette of fall leaves to celebrate the beauty of autumn

4 September 2019 Gently down the stream

A mindful summer craft using banana leaves to create a floating arrangement.

15 February 2012 Blue Harlequin

A small hand held design as an alternative to a corsage.

24 January 2024 I mean… really!?!

Using fresh twigs to bind a little twig platform to suspend the beautiful orchids from.

19 July 2023 … And his little flower

Easy support for a single flower... and knot a special secret admirer just to keep it company.

27 June 2018 Look deep

Curl foliage to use as a natural armature for delicate buds.

21 April 2011 Happy Easter!

Spring "Ice cream" posy with a Banana Leaf "cone"

30 March 2022 Cone of Gratitude

Sweet spring design to hold some buds

17 March 2021 A scoop of pretty

A tiny budvase design that rearranges basic ingredients, such as a single leaf and an orchid to create a new design concept.

6 January 2021 I tip my (flower) cap!

An enclosed design that invites the onlooker to lean in closer to explore the pretty orchid.

10 June 2020 All Out

An all out effective way of keeping a flower stem in the exact spot you want it to be in a clear water vase design.

22 May 2019 Putting your own spin on it

I would definitely describe my own personal style as minimalist classic... but with an edgy twist.

28 June 2017 Somewhere in the Middle

Skewer Dracaena leaves into a roll that supports a tiny water source for the Oncidium orchids

11 January 2017 As special as an almost never find

Sometimes you find such a beautiful plant that you just can't bring yourself to cut it. This design explores using the entire plant, pot and all, in a design

13 January 2016 Once Upon A Time

Stack and glue a Grass Pyramid Armature

30 December 2015 Achoo! Season

Fold and roll a rose from Eucalyptus leaves

11 November 2015 Balancing Act

Bend dried fall leaves to balance on the edge of a glass container

22 July 2015 Fluffy

Fluff out Washi paper to create a delicate armature

19 November 2014 Forest Floor

Glue a autumn leaf rosette armature

21 February 2024 I'll Go First

My Spring/Easter design and the introduction article about my floral journey written by the editor, Nina Tucknott in the latest issue of Flora Magazine.

25 January 2023 Even More

This orchid developed at the very end of a long stem... right as the rest of the flowers started to die back so I made a special armature to display the cut stem.