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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Chrysanthemum - Chrysanthemum or "mums"


Chrysanthemum Design: the Floral Hour glass was made as part of my wax series

Common name

Chrysanthemum or "mums"


Chrysanthemums were first cultivated in China as a flowering herb as far back as in the 15th century. A medicinal tea is still brewed from the flowers.


Chrysanthemums have many classifications: irregular, regular, thistle, in curved, decorative, pompon (yes, that is how you spell it!), single, semi-double, anemone, spoon, quill, spider and brush. Grown year round in tunnels to supply flower lovers.


Many variations of almost all shades.

Vase life

Vase Life Seven to ten days or even longer.


Spiced can even be used as a harmless insecticide


Many designers considered the flowers a bit over-done but in 2010 Stein Are Hansen (Norway) used Chrysanthemums in his winning entry for the Interflora World Cup Competition entitled "Flowers of the Orient". Today Chrysanthemums are trendy again. The chrysanthemum plants have been shown to reduce indoor air pollution by the NASA Clean Air Study


Chrysanthemums have a woody stem. Remove the foliage that will be under the water line while conditioning. The foliage helps the flowers to hydrate so do not remove all the foliage while conditioning. Cut the stem at an angle and place in warm water with dissolved flower food

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Related Designs

25 October 2023 Interweave a fairy light and grass glow vase

Wrap a fairy light grid around a fishbowl vase to interweave dried grass for an almost basket display.

25 October 2023 Go on Autumn… glow!

Mixing permanent and fresh design ingredients to celebrate just how clever the glow of Autumn is.

22 September 2021 Crafting a Corny Corn Husk Corn Armature

Four ears of corn, corn husk wire armature with a hidden water source for the fresh flowers.

22 September 2021 Kinda Corny

Crafting with corn to make... well... corn, really.

28 July 2021 Craft a wreath chain to link a few bud vases together

All you need is a few twigs to craft this design- it's a perfect floral meditation activity.

28 July 2021 Linked This Way

A fun way to elevate a few bud vases into a display.

7 July 2021 Floral Raft in a Bottle

Float flowers in a bottle by giving each flower their own little bubble wrap raft-skirt.

7 July 2021 Do and Don'ts

One of my trusty tried and tested techniques. When the going gets hot... float your flowers!

30 June 2021 Sparkling dew drop puddle to keep flowers hydrated even during a heatwave

Done in no time design... and it is rather refreshing to make.

30 June 2021 Into a Puddle!

Heat proof floral design for summer.

19 May 2021 A flower, flower frog to keep your design details perfectly put

Use the firm petals of a flower to keep your design details upright

19 May 2021 In the little gap

Use the petals of your flower to cleverly keep all the other floral details of your design firmly in place.

2 December 2020 Have yourself a Merry Cellulose Fibre Christmas: Lost and Found Snow Mittens

...ok not really that fancy- it’s made from paper pulp. A cardboard box snow mittens… really. In the spirit of 2020- I am inspired by the endless stream of cardboard boxes being...

7 October 2020 Floral wreath ring stem armature for a cute pumpkin patch in a stem vase design

Use a wreath to keep flower and a heavy little ghost pumpkin in place in a small vase.

7 October 2020 Let’s circle around to this one

Create a floral circlet to rest the little pumpkin on... but above the water line.

30 September 2020 Mesh bag net armature to keep your flowers in place

Instead of vegetable net bags becoming trash wrap it around your container for an instant armature. It even looks a bit like a spider web- perfect for a long lasting design as we...

30 September 2020 This season all the stylish pumpkins will be wearing them!

A simple way to keep the plastic mesh the pumpkins are sold in from becoming trash: wrap it around the container as an armature for a quick Fall design. Replace the flowers as...

6 November 2019 Dancing fall leaves... on a stick

Spike fall leaves and water tubes to create a minimal radiating autumn display

6 November 2019 Dance lessons from the Autumn leaves

A fun and easy contemporary floral design to display foraged autumn leaves and just a touch of flowers that can easily be replaced.

31 October 2018 Peg and glue a floating Halloween design

A hovering Halloween design that seems to float.

31 October 2018 Spider-mum

Craft a spider from twigs and a chrysanthemum

31 October 2018 Scary stuff!

My Halloween design... with some scary stuff hidden if you can read between the leaves!

17 October 2018 But wait… there's more!

Tucked into the box with every advance copy of the book, the effortless floral craftsman is a packet of clips. This design and Tutorial is a bit of inspiration... what will you...

23 May 2018 Tumbling sun-flakes

Craft radiating sun-flakes from dried petals.

23 May 2018 In Summer!

A contemporary cascade of rosary vine and dried petals.

4 October 2017 Display wreath that hover around a big shiny pumpkin

For this design I wanted my wreath to be light and airy so that it just whips around the solid pumpkin like a breeze.

4 October 2017 Whipped up in the autumn breeze

Give a loosely woven wreath legs to stand on to hover lightly around a pumpkin

18 January 2017 Chain-link string and twig armature

By removing every other twig you open up space for larger flowers to nestle in

18 January 2017 Look at you!

Tie twigs to shape a hanging armature

21 October 2015 Rolled up Autumn leaf wreath

Create a textured wreath with Chrysanthemums and rolled up Autumn leaves

21 October 2015 Use the stem of an Autumn leaf to wrap, pin and secure it in a roll

A glue-less way of manipulating leaves

21 October 2015 Watch the leaves turn

Roll autumn leaves to create a wreath

22 July 2015 Fluffy

Fluff out Washi paper to create a delicate armature

18 March 2015 Meadow in a bowl

Inspired by a classic and traditional Ikebana technique used in a Rikka design called Komiwara. Designers would usually bundle straw to keep the flowers in place.

18 March 2015 Spring Dreaming

A bowl full of miniature Chrysanthemums

8 October 2014 Pluviophile

Float grass snippets in water

2 April 2014 Turning the sellotape over the vase trick up-side-down for a sticky side out frog

Tape a grid over a vase to keep the floral details in place

2 April 2014 Apricity

Turning a stand-by floral technique sticky side out

17 July 2013 Once, twice, thrice

Bend a few stir sticks to cover with wool to make a few floral bracelets

20 March 2013 The power of reinvention

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...

5 November 2007 Snowmums

Snowmums “take the centerpiece home” event favors.

5 June 2012 Flower Girl’s Butterfly Net and Ring Bearer Bug Box

Two fairy tale design details that will capture the imagination of even the youngest members of your wedding party. A tiny bug box to carry your rings in for the ring bearer and...

3 April 2012 Wire hairpin needle for threading flowers

Hairpin wire needle to pierce flowers.

3 April 2012 Pompon Chrysanthemum, bud and eucalyptus pom-poms

Pompon Chrysanthemums make perfect floral pom-pom beads

3 April 2012 Designing Body Blooms

Designing Contemporary Floral Accessories and Body Flowers Article in the Canadian Florist Magazine

19 October 2011 In an Oriental Manner

I wanted my parasol design to be thoroughly me, and thoroughly contemporary yet respectful of the guiding rules and methods shared by the different schools of Ikebana.

11 April 2011 Kitchen Garden

Kitchen Garden Design. South African Horticultural Society Show 2009

18 March 2011 SHAPE

Chrysanthemum Hourglass

29 January 2011 Ground Breaking

Water stream breaking through ground in an autumn forest.