My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Above and below eucalyptus curve butternut cradle

Curve an eucalyptus stem to wedge into a container

Curve an eucalyptus stem to wedge into a water filled container.

Add in another stem to cross over the first

Add in another stem to cross over the first.

Add another stem of eucalyptus to shape a curve

Once the two stems are secure add another stem of eucalyptus to shape a visual curve. I left the leaves on so that there is a curve both above and below the waterline.

because the stems are wedged into place it is easy to replace the water if needed.

For extra support wedge a cross twig to keep the pumpkin suspended above the waterline

Wedge a cross twig to keep the butternut (or pumpkin) suspended above the waterline so that it remains fresh.

If needed add another cross stem just to make sure the pumpkin in secure

If needed add another cross stem just to make sure the pumpkin in secure.

You definitely don't want it to roll over and crush your plant material. Today in the email I also give you a tip of how to choose the natural position for heavier design details like fruit and vegetables. You can sign up for the once a week email below this post. Also I answer all questions and comments- but please be patient, some weeks it takes me a bit longer to work through my inbox.

Add the butternut to rest at a jaunty angle

Add the butternut to cradle at a jaunty angle.

Curve the eucalyptus around the butternut to form a cradle

Curve the eucalyptus around the butternut to form a cradle. Simply slip the leaves between a set from another stem. No need for glue it stays perfectly secure.

Simply roll and tuck the eucalyptus stems

Simply roll and tuck the eucalyptus stems in a way that frames the butternut best.

This requires you to mirror the curve below in the container. Book readers turn to page 284 for more information on creating curves in stems. To get you started I have also linked a Tutorial below.

Slip the alstroemeria flowers into the design

Slip the alstroemeria flowers between the eucalyptus stems so that it securely stays in place in the design.

Add smaller flower buds all the way around the container

Add smaller flower buds all the way around the container.

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Tutorials

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.

19 February 2013 Manipulating stems: Snapping at an angle, Bending, Spiraling, Curling and Straightening

Most stems, twigs and even sturdier branches can be bend into shapes. It takes practice and more than a bit of patience. The main idea is to slowly manipulate the branch without...

23 October 2019 Floating Filigree Pumpkin Patch

String up pumpkins and glass seahorse vases to craft an autumn mobile design.

26 October 2016 Folded Bleached Baby’s Breath Wreath Armature

Glued Baby's Breath Wreath, folded in half to create a moon shaped armature

31 October 2018 Peg and glue a floating Halloween design

A hovering Halloween design that seems to float.

8 October 2011 Pumpkin legs

I wanted my pumpkin to lift its head slightly so that it is easy to see the beautiful sepals inside. Making tiny legs also prevent the pumpkin from rolling.

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.

Favourite Flowers

Alstroemeria

Inca lily, Peruvian lily or lily of the Incas

Related Designs

1 September 2021 It’s butter… nuts!

An it's not too early to decorate for Autumn, Autumn design

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.

23 October 2019 As pumpkins do this time of year

Hanging pumpkins and tiny vases to create a Autumn mobile floral design.

7 October 2011 Thanksgiving Harvest

Thanksgiving pumpkin with Chinese lanterns and spiral blossoms

26 October 2016 Harvest Moon

Fold a fine twig wreath in half to create a moon shaped armature

28 October 2015 On Pumpkin Coloured Days

Create a besom broom to sweep up those Autumn leaves

29 September 2011 Pick-Up Sticks

A twig and stick design with sweet dumpling pumpkins and rosary vine (Ceropegia woodii). I also made a cherry twig and skeleton leaf Stick Insect

25 October 2017 When the pretty eyeballs you back!

Barely there skeleton blossoms with Eucalyptus eyes for my Halloween design... Oh! and a Willow Paddle, which probably should have been the main Tutorial... but... well...

31 October 2018 Scary stuff!

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

4 October 2017 Whipped up in the autumn breeze

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