My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Fold a crab from grass

Book readers turn to page 369 where I tell you more about these kind of design details... adding something fun or special. Those little touches.

For more information about my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman

Gather two blades of grass

Gather two blades of grass...

Loop the first blade over

Loop the first blade over.

Thread the second blade through the first

Thread the second blade through the first

Fold the cut end of the second blade of grass over the first towards the back

Fold the cut end of this new blade of grass under the first half and over the second towards the back.

Hook this blade of grass behind the back of the knot and bring it forward

Hook this blade of grass behind the back of the knot and bring it forward.

Fold the cut end of the first blade up and over

Fold the cut end of the first blade up and over and through the loop at the top.

So that you have two dangling blades of grass on both sides

So that you have two dangling blades of grass on both sides.

Pull the knot tight

Pull the woven knot tighter to shape the crab body.

Go slow to make sure the grass remains flat

Go slow to make sure the grass remains unbruised.

Neat little crab shell

Neat little crab shell...

Turn the crab body over

Hold the crab body between your fingers

Hold the crab body between your fingers...

And slip your thumb below the blade of grass

And slip your thumb below the blade of grass...

Cut a slit in the grass with a knife or pin

Cut a slit in the grass with a knife or pin...

And slip the opposite blade of grass through the slit

And slip the opposite blade of grass through the slit.

Pull the grass through the crab body

Pull the grass through the crab body.

Again slip your thumb below the blade of grass but this time from the other side

Again slip your thumb below the blade of grass but this time from the other side...

Carefully cut a second slit in the grass with a knife or pin

Carefully cut a second slit in the grass with a knife or pin.

And pull the blade of grass from the opposite end through to secure the body weave

And pull the blade of grass from the opposite end through to secure the body weave.

Wiggle the grass to pull the weave tight

Wiggle the grass to pull the weave tight.

Flip the crab body over

Flip the crab body over...

Use a pin to split the grass into four for the crab's walking legs

Use a pin to split the grass into four for the crab's walking legs.

Split the grass all the way to the crab body

Split the grass all the way to the crab body...

And do the same on the other side of the grass crab

And do the same on the other side of the grass crab.

Loop the split grass over

Loop the split grass over...

And give it a knot to shape the walking leg

And give it a knot to shape the walking leg.

Try to knot the legs at the same place

Try to knot the legs at the same place

So that they point out and down

So that they point out and down.

Knot the legs on the other side

Knot the legs on the other side.

Cut the dangling parts below the knots shorter

Cut the dangling parts below the knots shorter.

Loop the first blade of gras at the top over

Loop the first blade of gras at the top over...

And knot it to point up for the claw

And knot it to point up for the claw.

Do the same on the other side and cut the grass at a sharp angle

Do the same on the other side and cut the grass at a sharp angle.

Use this off cut to craft the eyes

Use this off cut to craft the eyes. Split the grass into three sections with your pin.

Thread the eye part of the crab through the shell part

Thread the eye part of the crab through the shell part...

Wrap the grass all the way around the crab body

Wrap the grass all the way around the crab body and weave it into the bottom side.

Tuck the end part of the grass into the body to secure

Tuck the end part of the grass into the body to secure.

Fold the middle section of the dangling split grass back over the crab shell to separate the left over two

Fold the middle section of the dangling split grass back over the crab shell to separate the left over two

You can immediately see the crab start to get a bit of a personality

You can immediately see the crab start to get a bit of a personality

Weave this middle section into the crab body

Weave this middle section into the crab body.

Weave the two leftover sections through the blade of grass.

Weave the two leftover sections through the blade of grass so the it is on top of the shell....

Give each grass section a knot to shape the eyeballs

Give each grass section a knot to shape the eyeballs...

This is the perfect opportunity to give your crab a bit of a personality

This is the perfect opportunity to give your crab a bit of a personality. Pull the eyeballs to the side so that it peeks around a corner or make it longer or maybe shorter for a shy crab.

Cut away the dangling sections of grass for the eyes

Cut away the dangling sections of grass for the eyes.

One last touch for the claws

One last touch for the claws... closed...?

Or give them a cut to open the claws

Or give them a cut down the middle to open the claws.

Set your crab in your design

Set your crab in your design.

Design note: I wanted a way to show these gorgeous little sweet peas but they have such short stems. I placed them in a container filled with water and set another container on top of it to keep the stems in place. But for stems this delicate you need a bit of extra care. I explain more in the email this week. You are welcome to reply to the email if you have questions or comments... or to say hi. I am really enjoying hearing from everyone! Thank you for all the lovely chats. The sign up is below this post if you are not yet receiving an email from me on Wednesdays.

But to get you started have a look at the Tutorials below for instructions.

And finish the design with a few dew drop crystals

And finish the design with a few dew drop crystals

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how I place my crystals.

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Tutorials

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.

20 February 2019 Stacked bowl floral display

Create a foam free stacked design by slipping flowers between stacked bowls.

5 January 2011 Palm leaf Hopper-flies (grasshoppers and butterflies)

Weave grasshoppers or butterflies (or fireflies) from palm leaves

14 April 2021 Fuzzy Willow Caterpillar in a buttercup and jasmine vine swirl

As in… Pussy willow catkins caterpillar… that is super fuzzy.

26 October 2022 The horror of flower dye and a spider that sits beside her

Weave a spider from lily grass... and reposition it every so often for a creative Halloween twist.

17 July 2012 Guacamole Green Coiled Grass Chameleon

My Chameleon is mono-botanical. Made from coiled grass

28 October 2020 Arachnis Gerbera-petal-legicus

The easiest Gerbara disk floret spider... ever!

31 October 2018 Spider-mum

Craft a spider from twigs and a chrysanthemum

29 September 2011 Twig and skeleton leaf Stick Insect

Made from dried cherry twigs and a skeleton leaf.

30 October 2019 Bat Skeleton crafted from twigs

Eerie! Because you use what is there already in the twigs this skeleton looks rather... realistic!

24 January 2018 Stack two glass vases to keep a leaf upright in water

Slip a leaf into the gap between two glass containers to keep it upright... and add a plastic lining to support the flowers nestled into it.

22 January 2014 That good old double vase trick

Create a dry layer by placing a smaller vase inside the larger vase

11 August 2021 Dried twig collar in a double vase display for gravity sensitive flowers

Putting the focus on the flowers with an ever changing design.

Favourite Flowers

Lathyrus

Sweet pea

Related Designs

14 June 2023 Because I am beautiful!

It deserves a bowl all of it's own... right? I am (of course!) talking about these spectacular little sweet peas called King Tut. Not much else is needed. But add a cute little...

10 July 2024 Still wrapping my head around this one

Craft a haze of green around a log for a sweet pea swirl effect.

25 July 2018 Lemon Aid

Use a lemon as a stopper to keep floral material in place

14 April 2021 a Yay! You

A tiny Spring detail to add to a cute little floral design.

26 October 2022 Arachnis Phobicus

A fun woven spider for Halloween decorating

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

30 October 2019 There once was a bat called Tequila, a Halloween story

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...

20 February 2019 Inna...

Stack bowls to keep your flower stems in place.

24 January 2018 How to make a stack of just enough:

Stack two vases to create a small gap at the side to keep a leaf upright

11 April 2018 Follow the line

Stack a few glass containers and fill each with water to a different level.

22 January 2014 How do you do?

Snow and twigs winter design

11 August 2021 A bit Special... four dimensional designing

Using that little something that is unusual about your flower to make the design stand out.

20 January 2021 Hope Bubble

That good old double vase trick... but this time I deliberately added a bubble between the two layers to create a third circle in the design.