My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Floral Raft in a Bottle

Oh yes- my tried and tested floating flowers Tutorial makes an appearance, yet again. This time inside a bottle. I love this technique- it’s one of my “go-to’s”.
The Tutorial first appeared in January 2012 and it was still early days for Pinterest and it unexpectedly spread like wildfire!

Place a bottle shaped container on its side

Place a bottle shaped container on its side.

Fill the container with water

Fill the container with water...

Right to just below the neck of the container

Right to just below the neck of the container so that the flowers float above the surface but the water won't spill out.

Cut bubble wrap rafts for the flowers

Cut bubble wrap rafts for the flowers. There is a link to the original Tutorial below the post if you want to refresh your memory on how I did it.

Gently float the flower inside the container

Gently float the flower inside the container.

Add jasmine vines between the flowers to keep them in place

Add jasmine vines between the flowers to keep them in place.

I have included a few design tips on how to cut and position the vines to stay perfectly upright inside the container in this week's email. Yes, there's absolutely a trick to it!
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Use a twig to reposition the flowers once everything is in place

Use a twig to reposition the flowers (if needed) once everything is in place.

And wedge the tiniest pebble under the container to keep it from rolling

And wedge the tiniest pebbles under the container (on both sides)to keep it from rolling.

Book readers: Staying inspired can be a struggle sometimes, especially after the year we have had! Turn to page 327 to read more about how you can use your foundation techniques to open up the flow of creative ideas when you get a bit stuck.
For more information about my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman

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3 January 2012 Bubble raft to float flowers

Flowers naturally float in water. They just don’t always naturally float on water. For that they sometimes need a bit of help.

20 May 2020 A floral float… that floats

If you know my work you have probably seen me do this: I float flowers using a tiny bubble wrap skirt... this time I am floating an entire design on it's own bubble wrap raft.

4 September 2019 Stack banana leaf rice pockets to float as rosettes

Fold and peg banana leaves into pockets so that they float freely on water. This is inspired by a traditional banana leaf craft used to cook rice in.

28 January 2015 Well Rooted Sprouting Willow Weave

Weave a sprouting armature

4 April 2018 Tap in a Twig Support

Wedge snipped twigs into a glass vase to act as a support for your flowers

24 September 2014 Folding a Frog

Fold and weave a frog from grass

Favourite Flowers


Chrysanthemum or "mums"

Related Designs

7 July 2021 Do and Don'ts

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

3 August 2022 It's a Heatwave!

Deep water design for extremely warm weather.

17 May 2023 Purple haze… float

Softest Wisteria colour to cool things down on an unexpectedly warm day.

2 August 2023 here… from … my little corner… of the world wide web

Weave a web of jasmine vine to support orchid stems

22 May 2024 Let me float my Wednesday idea by you for a bit

Floating the most delicate cut flowers

3 January 2012 Going Cold Twinkle Turkey

Is it better to go Cold Twinkle Turkey and embrace the minimalist living room or rather ease into it?

20 May 2020 Whatever floats your boat

This is one of my best known and still my go-to core techniques for floating flowers.

1 March 2017 Gumusservi

To celebrate the 6th year anniversary of My Creative Workbook I am looking at the most popular Tutorial I have done to date:

5 December 2018 Personal Preference

The third design I did for my book launch demonstration looking at aspects that influences my effortless style of designing.

4 September 2019 Gently down the stream

A mindful summer craft using banana leaves to create a floating arrangement.

24 September 2014 Leapfrog

Fold and weave a frog from grass

28 January 2015 In a State of Flow

weave some willow to use as an armature

4 April 2018 Grow on it

Wedge twigs into a vase to create a grid.