Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Rosary vine, Chain of Hearts, Collar of hearts and String of hearts
South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe
New varieties have been selected but mostly for their beauty as houseplants rather than for the cut flower industry.
Leaves are variegated or either deep green or pale green (underside pinkish to bright purple) depending on the amount of sunlight the plant is exposed to and the flowers are white or purple in colour
As a pot plant the trailing stems will continue to grow and develop side shoots. Cut for design work the leaves will last as long as most succulents without water and will root if designed in water over time.
The leaves look fantastic in detailed work. Long trailing stems add movement and can also be used to bind stems.
Most designers grow the plants and cut the long strings as needed. Water the plant only when dry and do not allow the plant to stand in water. Keep the plant in a warm area (above 15’C) and in partial shade.
Take all the usual ingredients for a budvase design- a flower, a leafy green something and roll it into something unusual to display.
A tiny budvase design that rearranges basic ingredients, such as a single leaf and an orchid to create a new design concept.
Turn a flower vase into a bud vase by floating a smaller container inside the larger one.
An... everything is moving... design. The tulips are growing and the small vine filled vase is bopping around in the water. And if you lean them against each other just right it...
Suspend flowers over a water filled container by weaving a natural grid.
Weave an all natural net to place over a vase to keep your flowers above water.
Pick away petals from a lily to create space for delicate vines to really shine.
Create a tiny visual tunnel to focus attention.
An enclosed design that invites the onlooker to lean in closer to explore the pretty orchid.
Knit a corona (as in that inside skirt like part of a daffodil) by weaving a Ceropegia woodii vine around the stamen filament of a lily.
Using the design elements as mechanics to secure the design elements.
All natural design using the design elements as mechanics.
Create a sturdy platform from bark to design an entire forest floor on a single foxtail fern frond
Step up the flip-flop design by decorating it with some long lasting succulent flowers. It might look delicate... but these flowers are robust and long lasting.
Connect six wreaths to build up a hanging panel to display your flowers on.
Connect small wreaths to create a pretty summer armature to arrange your flowers on.
A fun hanging design that spins in the slightest breeze.
A fun design to create a spinning diamond frame using minimal plant material for maximum effect.
Give new life to an old vase by turning and balancing it on it's side. It's actually easier than it looks... and it looks super impressive!
Ooooh! Am I excited to show you this design. It is an ordinary fishbowl vase... balanced on it's side.
Cut a slit in the branches, at the root side to suspend it over the vases rather than in the vases.
An all plant zero waste, levitating, twig (with just a splatter of autumn leaves, a breath of spiderweb and float of roots) Halloween decoration with an eerie bat skeleton made...
Thread grass into flexi grass to create a spinner that gently turns in the wind.
Connect twigs with puddles of artificial snow to craft a winter armature for your flowers.
Craft a delicate bridal basket from twigs and tulle.
My article and winter white Tulle bridal basket design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine.
Snip open a Physalis pod to create a cavity for delicate floral details.
A dried bundle of ripped flax hides a secret water source for the orchids
Set the rosary vines into the natural cavity of the flower head.
Just like the weather is only hinting at spring, so is this design only hinting at being a basket
My article and willow birdcage design for wedding rings featured in DIY Weddings Magazine.
Create a contrasting base to lift the heavy flower-head to design in
Such a peaceful design with just enough float and "stay put" elements
Create a subtle contrast by floating or anchoring some of your design elements.
Wire and glue a few acorns into the fork of a twig to create an Autumn armature
Hoard a few acorns in the fork of a twig to show off a single oncidium orchid.
Inspired by Hath panjas or Indian hand jewelry an easy and comfortable alternative to a corsage
My article and body flowers design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine
Glue short sections of rosary vine into the natural gaps in the Monstera deliciosa leaf
Criss-cross corset style connect the gaps in a Monstera deliciosa leaf
My article and Bamboo Lantern design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine
Cover a Styrofoam shape with bark to create a bowl for a potted design
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
This was the first design I did in my "I found it this way" floral art demonstration
Flowery nest desmonstration
There are many ways to hang your air plants in a design. In this Tutorial I explore three
Glue reeds on a wire frame to create a dimensional armature to suspend orchids in
Cover a mask shape with moss and succulents for a long wearing mask
Cut circles out of transparencies to make ripples in the water
My article and twig boutonniere design featured in the Winter issue of DIY Weddings Magazine
My article and woven ring basket design featured in the summer issue of DIY Weddings Magazine
Tape a grid over a vase to keep the floral details in place
Wrap a foliage circle to9 create a base for a magnetized corsage
Retail florists and wholesalers are already designing, ordering and preparing their product range for prom. This is my article that I wrote for the Prom Design Issue of Canadian...
My article and succulent floral crown design featured in the spring issue of DIY Weddings Magazine
Split and spiral a few gladiolus flowers in a way that the stems remain intact, to spiral in a water filled filled vase for a long lasting composite flower
Retail florists and wholesalers are already designing, ordering and preparing their product range for Christmas. This is my article that I wrote for the Christmas Design Issue of...
My article and woven ring-box design featured in the DIY Wedding Magazine
My article and bridal bouquet designs featured in the DIY Wedding Magazine
Capilano Flower Arranging Club Designing for Christmas Workshop: Yule log
My article looking at contrasts and 6 winter lantern designs featured in the DIY Wedding Magazine
Design Inspiration Video: Take a few twigs, snippets of air plants and succulents and combine both traditional wire and tape techniques with more contemporary methods to embed a...
An Autumn Equinox design that captures the moment before the spectacular colour burst of autumn floats around again
My second design in my demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society meeting
August is the month for retail florists and wholesalers to start designing, ordering and preparing their product range for the Christmas and Festive Season. This is my article...
Spiral stems around a Ceropegia woodii or Rosary vine.
Delicate cherry twig, rosary vine and oncidium orchid enchanted forest masquerade masque.
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...
The emotions your designs inspire give real meaning to your work. My article in the Canadian Florist Magazine
Sunday April 22 is Earth day and a tiny floral fridge magnet is a wonderful reminder of just how beautiful our planet is.
A clean Easter design. The tiny blossoms are Kalanchoe 'Calandiva Pink'. Tucked low in the paper eggs are a few Cymbidium orchids and the twigs are contorted hazel. The...
Designing Contemporary Floral Accessories and Body Flowers Article in the Canadian Florist Magazine
I wrote this article for Wedding Business Success (an online meeting place for the wedding industry) exploring a positive way of looking at creativity and... stealing!
The design drips down in three tiers each celebrating life, love and connection.
Delicate glass bubbles filled with the midnight blue African violet flowers, purple ornamental capsicum and spilling down the design are a few stems of rosary vine
I designed my posy to be light and feathery but also earthly, like a fresh snowball gathered from a forest floor.