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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Winter’s Green

Winter is by far my favourite season.

Floral Art design Hazel twig with Lichen, moss and paper whites

There is a promise hidden deep in every twig.

Minimal flower design inspired by the shape of a bonsai

There is also beauty growing on every twig.

Moss and lichen glued on to the twig to age it

Spongy moss and lichen are now abundant

Contorted hazel flower arrangement

and are without a doubt the deep and consoling green of winter.

A delicate design with minimal plant material to show the contorted hazel to its maximum

This contorted hazel twig reminded me of an ancient and wise bonsai tree. It definitely has a story of its own to tell. I wanted to capture that in my design.

Tiny paper white flowers are my snowflakes

All it needed was to be aged with a beard of lichen and moss. And I couldn’t resist adding a lighter touch of fragrant paper white snowflakes to swing gently on its bare winter branches in the chilly breeze.

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18 January 2012 Butterfly hairclip claws to hold twigs in place while glue dries

Butterfly hair clips are the perfect little claws to help you hold tiny items in place while you wait for glue to dry

18 January 2012 Butterfly feeler hooks for swinging test tubes

I don't always want to wire my test tubes into the design. I like to create a bit of movement by simply hooking the tubes to gently swing.

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.

Favourite Flowers


The white variety is referred to as paper white, the yellow is known as a daffodil.

Related Designs

2 December 2015 Stacking the odds in your favour

Cover a wire frame for a winter kissing bough.

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.

6 December 2017 While I sing of beauty's treasure

Glue the most delicate twig table top Christmas tree