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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Easy twist to a tulip spiral to nestle a “we are still building this” bird’s nest in

Whether you are digging over a few beds, now that the ground is warm enough, or repotting a few pot plants, you will probably find a few roots... perfect to craft this dainty little nest.

Line a ball shaped bowl with kitchen paper

Line a ball shaped bowl with kitchen paper.

Place a few roots to follow the shape of the bowl

Place a few roots to follow the shape of the bowl. Mine is cut from my Monstera plant that I am growing hydroponically. But you can use any roots. Simply rinse them and shape the nest inside the bowl.

Book readers: If you are not growing anything with a few roots to spare, you can find an alternative on page 350 of my book. This is also a good alternative if the nest might get wet.
For more information about my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman

Set the roots aside until dry

Set the roots aside until dry. It will dry perfectly to follow the shape.

Design note: you can add as few or as many roots as you want. I wanted a nest that looks like the birds are still busy building their nest... so I made it slightly unfinished. Once the roots are dry, they can be lifted from the bowl and will hold this shape.

Place a handful of grass or iris leaves into a small container

Place a handful of grass or iris leaves into a small container.

Fill the container with water

Fill the container with water.

Gently run your finger around the edge of the leaves to move them to lean slightly to one side

To create the spiral and the opening for the nest gently tickle the leaves to move them to lean slightly to one side...

Turn the vase (you do not need a turntable- simply move the vase) and continue to tickle and tap the leaves lightly. It will start to spiral, perfectly opening up in the middle as they fall.

Add the tulips to spiral with the leaves.

Add the tulips to spiral with the leaves.

Add a few dew drop crystals to the root nest

Add a few dew drop crystals to the root nest.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to add the crystals to the delicate root nest.

Set the delicate root nest into the gap in the middle of the design

Set the delicate root nest into the gap in the middle of the design.

If you look carefully at the design you will notice that it is not quite at the middle and not quite leaning the same all the way around. Add a bit of interest by creating a bit of height to one side of the spiral. I tell you more about this in this week's email. You can sign up below if you are not yet receiving your email every Wednesday morning.

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11 May 2011 Slow down tulip growth, after the stems have been severed from the bulbs

Tulips continue to grow after being cut. Sometimes when you make a very small design or for competition or bridal work you want to minimize growth. The best way to do this is to...

8 July 2015 Using a pin to place tiny dew drop crystals

It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.

22 June 2016 Lily grass spiral in a vase

Twist lily grass slightly to create a spiral for the orchids to nestle in

20 July 2022 Breezy lily grass ripple

A radiating design that has the freedom of movement to add a bit of a cooling effect on the warmer days of summer.

7 August 2019 A Three level Kenzan skewer stack to Radiate Gladiolus spikes flat in a shallow container

Build up a design in a shallow container by stacking it by threading the plant material into the teeth of a pin cushion in three levels.

1 May 2012 Cinderella Spiral Pumpkin from Midelino Cane Coils

Tie Midelino Cane coils to make a spiral armature

23 March 2022 A Double vase, Sticky tape, Reflexed AND Woven Nestled Grass and Tulip Whirl

so many techniques rolled into one rather pretty tulip nest. Perfect to celebrate new beginnings: Spring and my book birthday... and my online workshop!

22 May 2012 Spiral twig frog

Multiple tiny twigs create a flower frog to keep the delicate buds and leaves in the exact spot you want.

24 March 2021 A Spring Sprout Wreath Flower Frog

Craft an everything is still growing spring design to celebrate... what we love!

19 June 2012 Tapping away Tulip pollen

Tap away most of the pollen from a fully opened tulip

2 August 2017 Two vase, two level Phormium snippets

Design in two levels by using two vases, the smaller slipped into a bigger one.

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22 June 2016 Perfection

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A radiating summer design that waves in the slightest of breezes.

7 August 2019 Point Out: this is a single bunch of gladiolus!

Cut stems of Gladiolus to place in a radiating summer design.

1 May 2012 Center the more adventurous design ideas on your centerpieces

Designing adventurous Contemporary Floral centerpieces Article in the Canadian Florist Magazine.

23 March 2022 Chockablock!

Luxuriously filled design... filled with flowers... filled with grass. But most fun, for us as designers filled with hidden techniques

24 March 2021 To two too!

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22 May 2012 Lean

Place short twigs, leaning to one side to create a flower frog

2 August 2017 Grace

Use snips and snippets and leftovers to create a design of it's own