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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

A new twist on the cellophane in a submerged design trick to make space for a stem

Oh yes, using cellophane or acetate to keep flowers submerged under water in a design is a tried and tested staple in our technique toolbox. But it is rather limiting because you basically fill the entire container with a cellophane lasagne leaving you no space to add longer stems... here's an update around (yes quite literally around) that.

To get you started I have added a few links to submerged designs below this Tutorial and book readers turn to page 139 for yet another update on this technique.

For more information about my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman

Measure and cut a section of cellophane to fit around a glass container

Measure and cut a section of cellophane to fit around a glass container.

Fill a glass container with water

Pour a bit of water into a glass container.

Close up the opening and swish the water around

Close up the opening and swish the water around.

To make sure the sides are wet

To make sure the sides are wet. Pour out the water.

Place the florets, flowers or petals that you want to submerge carefully into the wet container

Turn the container on its side and place the florets, flowers or petals that you want to submerge carefully into the wet container.

Roll the container while you add the flowers so that they can be placed all round

Roll the container while you add the flowers so that they can be placed all round.

Because the container is still moist inside the flowers stick to the sides just long enough for you to finish the design.

Fill the entire container or just place a few flowers here or there

Fill the entire container or just place a few flowers here or there... whatever suits your design idea.

Roll the cellophane so that it can fit into the opening of the container

Roll the cellophane so that it can fit into the opening of the container.

Slip the rolled cellophane into the container

Slip the rolled cellophane into the container...

And allow it to unroll inside the container to keep the flowers against the wall of the vase

And allow it to unroll inside the container to keep the flowers against the wall of the vase.

Fill the vase with water

Fill the vase with water...

Leaving all the flowers on the outside of the cellophane with a large gap to even angle a stem in the middle

Leaving all the flowers on the outside of the cellophane with a large gap to even angle a stem in the middle.

Perfectly pretty just like this

Perfectly pretty just like this... but wait... there's more...

Roll a monstera leaf into a cone and secure with floral glue

Roll a monstera leaf into a cone and secure with floral glue.

Leaving a stem sized hole in the stem side of the leaf

Leaving a stem sized hole in the stem side of the leaf.

Slip a wisteria flower spike through the hole.

Slip a wisteria flower spike through the hole so that the buds drape inside the cone.

Make sure the flower stem in long enough to be in the water once in the vase

Make sure the flower stem in long enough to be in the water once in the vase so that it remains hydrated.

Place the stem into the flower filled vase

Place the stem into the flower filled vase.

My favourite thing about using this technique... well apart from being able to show off a longer stem... is that it is so secure. The flowers are not crushed against the sides but you can easily carry or transport the design without the flowers sloshing about and getting damaged. In this week's email I tell you a few other benefits of using this technique. make sure you are signed up to get your weekly tip. The signup is below this post.

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Tutorials

3 January 2012 Cellophane wrap cracked ice

Cellophane and plastic wrap in a clear vase, filled with water, creates a cracked ice effect

7 October 2015 Keeping design details submerged in water

Flowers tend to float in water. To keep them submerged you need to add a bit of weight

23 June 2021 Submerged vine wreath armature to beat the summer heat

Water... lots of water- that is the answer to designing flower arrangements that survive the summer heat.

20 January 2021 Trapped Bubble Double Shallow Vase Design

Trap air between two vases to create a third circle... and frame for a small feather hint to a hopeful Spring

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.

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

Create a tiny visual tunnel to focus attention.

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!

27 January 2021 Loop a Monstera leaf stem to craft an underwater hold for a knotted orchid stem

Use the unique qualities of each stem to create a submerged design in a water filled glass vase.

7 October 2015 Magnetic grass bubbles to reposition under water

When suspending items under water it is convenient to add a tiny magnet so that you can reposition it if the water distorts the lines of your design

10 April 2019 Twig cloud mobile

Wire a sturdy cloud shaped armature to hang a heavier water source for thirsty Wisteria flowers.

6 May 2020 a Just-Replace-The-Flowers-When-They-Wilt freestanding bark armature

Part of sustainable designing is designing with the entire life-cycle of your work in mind. Designing armatures is a lasting and ever changing design solution.

5 May 2021 Sea glass counter weights to keep leaning top heavy stems from tipping

An easy fix for preventing flowers from falling out of a container

Related Designs

11 May 2022 Is this new…?

Giving old ideas a new twist to refresh it for Spring

10 July 2019 These are my favourite summer things:

A submerged design... perfect for summertime designing... and enjoying!

1 July 2020 Oh yes, The Hornet of Tranquility

A minimal... but then with a tiny bug detail... design that is perfect for warm summer designing.

6 January 2021 I tip my (flower) cap!

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

30 March 2022 Cone of Gratitude

Sweet spring design to hold some buds

27 January 2021 Knot how it was supposed to go

When you figure out the "how to" tricks of manipulating plant material it is possible to respectfully set them into seemingly impossible new directions.

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.

2 June 2021 Like an open book

Position foliage to create a smaller, shallow pond for your floral details to shelter in.

30 August 2011 Ichi-go, ichi-e

Freely translated it means Each Moment, Only Once. It is a saying associated with Japanese tea ceremonies.

7 October 2015 Down-bubble

Add grass "bubbles" that can be repositioned to your design

10 April 2019 Just Like Wisteria Rain

Craft a ethereal design from twigs and wisteria flowers

6 May 2020 Forever… incomplete

Craft a pretty armature that can be used again and again.

5 May 2021 But of course.

Repurpose an apothecary vase lid for a floating Spring design.