Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Bite and snap a sturdy twig
This is an easy way to cut twigs that is just too thick or hard to cut with your shears or scissors.
Let the scissors bite into the twig.
Make small but firm pinch cuts all the way around the twig.
This creates a scribe line
The twig will now easily snap in two right on the scribe line.
Neat and without having to saw.
I wanted my Hazel twig wreath to look like forest filigree: mysteriously overgrown, tangled with age and dappled with moss and lichen. The wreath is also dressed with fresh and...
Twig waterfall creates the boundary between the "under" and the "over" of the design. Tutorial: How to cover test tubes with Rainbow Oasis
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...
Celebrate the bright colours of autumn with lilies and Chinese lanterns
Wire a Tiny Twig Treasure Trunk for small Christmas gifts
This was my last two designs for my It's High Time for Tea Floral Craft and Art Demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging Club meeting
Retail florists and wholesalers are already designing, ordering and preparing their product range for Mother's Day. This is my article that I wrote for the Mother's Day Design...
Glue a stacked twig round-about to use as a Christmas table top wreath
Fragile ice baubles, cyclamen and moss design
My Twig Bridal Basket design and Tutorial featured in the Extraordinary Wedding Flowers issue of the New Zealand Floral Design Magazine
My article and twig boutonniere design featured in the Winter issue of DIY Weddings Magazine
Using a traditional Ikabana Kenzan to place flowers in a shallow container
Design One from my Inspiration Video: Use the same floral ingredients, willow twigs, Lichen, Spanish Moss, Kalanchoe and Gypsophila to make three distinctly different contemporary...
My article and a floral cell phone re-charge station design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine
My article and a floral panel design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine
Glue a fantasy forest from Popsicle sticks, grape vine tendrils and willow tips
A Fun Halloween design with "poisonous mushrooms" tucked between the moss and petals
This was the fourth (and last) design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration
A fragile looking heart made from twigs that can hold a lot of orchids
Glue a bunch of twigs inside a container to create a round stack
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...
Hoard a few acorns in the fork of a twig to show off a single oncidium orchid.
Craft a bark sleigh that will last for weeks.
Simplicity to showcase the perfection of the Lisianthus buds
The third design I did for my book launch demonstration looking at aspects that influences my effortless style of designing.
A Merry Christmas Twig Snowflake
Stand tulips upright in a shallow container with a suspended twig armature.
A delicate winter twig armature to show off the delicate beauty of these early spring coloured tulips.
Craft a willow heart to display 12 red roses to celebrate Valentine's Day.
Have you heard? I have wonderful news this week. Oh! and I also have this pretty grapevine armature shaped like the petals of an open rose to show you. But... Have you heard...
Instead of just placing a handful of twigs and two stems of sweet peas in a vase... why not...?
Soft minimal... this is exactly the kind of design I place in our apartment. Use a few fall treasures picked up on a walk and add a copper leaf to up the effort and love you add...
A clever trick borrowed from art techniques to add dimension to a bright and colourful Autumn floral design.
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...
Design 3 looking at How to style with artificial plants and branches using quality faux plants and stems. This week: mistletoe! And also .. give your faux a reason for being...
For this year's Christmas tree I wired and glued a wild and wintry twig armature... but... these little eucalyptus baubles are just the cutest!
Create a long lasting winter inspired floral design that looks like it is frozen in time.
A bundle of twigs armature to create a pretend Spring design for a snowy morning.
While waiting for the blossoms to open... why not weave in a touch of Valentine's Day love?
A creative design that has some height to it without blocking the view. This can easily be scaled up or down to match the environment you want to display it in.
A flat-lay to celebrate finally finding the perfect way to dry passion fruit flowers... and my book's first birthday but mostly the drying of passion fruit flowers thing.
A tranquil design that just takes a moment to do... when you need to take a moment to... breathe.
Use the heart of a sunflower as a platform to place your autumn floral details on.
...ok not really that fancy- it’s paper pulp. Cardboard boxes, really. In the spirit of 2020- I am inspired by the endless stream of cardboard boxes being delivered. My list of...
...ok not really that fancy- it’s made from paper pulp. Some cardboard to wrap the string around… really. In the spirit of 2020- I am inspired by the endless stream of cardboard...
Whipped up to be light in the Spring breeze wreath design.
Using that little something that is unusual about your flower to make the design stand out.
A quick-to-do-but-looks-impressive way to display a beautiful cut garden vine for an effortless summer design.
oh yes, a light an airy design showing off those very first autumn leaves.
Using dried floral material is so trendy right now. But the longer lasting the design elements the more effort you have to put in to stop it from looking lifeless.
An "it's only 10 days to Spring" design to display some blossom buds.
That incredible moment when you realize that one good idea for your design really is enough...
A twig sleigh... to collect your twig Christmas tree, of course!
A glowing cranberry ball for frosty evening decorating.
A tiny carry basket to gather the shortest stems from your cutting garden... with a place for water and your cutters.