My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Interweave a criss-crossed nest for an Easter Egg

Cut away the hard ends of a bundle of grass

Cut away the hard ends of a bundle of grass.

Pierce a hole in both ends of an egg and blow out the egg white and yolk

Pierce a hole in both ends of an egg and blow out the egg white and yolk.

Curve a blade of grass from hole end to hole end

Curve a blade of grass from hole end to hole end.

Curve the another blade of grass over the first

Curve the another blade of grass over the first.

Weave a blade of grass around the two blades

Weave a blade of grass around the two blades.

If you are unsure of how to weave with grass see the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions. You can also find more information in my book. Book readers turn to page 226 to learn how to interweave. Turn to page 158 for another way to do this... and page 186 if you want to take this to the next level.

Hold the blades between your fingers and start to interweave the blades

Hold the blade ends between your fingers and start to interweave the blades.

Weave the blades in and out to catch all the ends into the weave

Weave the blades in and out to catch all the ends into the weave...

Slowly turn the egg so that you can interweave the sides

Slowly turn the egg so that you can interweave the sides.

So that when you let the blades go from between your fingers it keeps its shape

So that when you let the blades go from between your fingers it keeps its shape.

Fold the dangling blades in and weave it back into the nest

Fold the dangling blades in and weave it back into the nest.

To create a neat edge

To create a neat edge.

Move all the way around and finish the nest

Move all the way around and weave in the grass to finish the nest.

Creating a flat opening to still see the egg

Creating a flat opening to still see the egg.

Weave in a few longer blades of grass

Weave in a few longer blades of grass...

All around the nest

... All around the nest to dangle freely.

Curling some into ringlets

and curl into ringlets.

If you want to learn how to curl grass you can find information in my book. I also have a basic Tutorial for you below this post to get you started.

Place the nest in a shallow display container

Place the nest in a shallow display container and prop it in the exact position you want with a twig.

I added a dusting of snow to my twig. See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to do that.

Reposition the ringlets to curve around the twig

Reposition the ringlets to curve around the twig

To gently curve over and under the twig

To gently curve over and under the twig.

Pour water into the shallow container

Pour water into the shallow container.

Add the orchid stem into the design

Add the orchid stem into the design.

Orchids are slow drinkers and can happily stand in a shallow dish like this... but there is a trick to it. This week I am showing you how I cut the orchid stem... and why in my newsletter email because it requires a bit more of an explanation and I want you to be able to ask questions and comment so make sure you are signed up. The button is below this post.

Finish the nest design with a few more grass curls

Finish the nest design with a few more grass curls and some sparkling dew drop crystals.

Every week I add a new design with related tutorials. Be sure to subscribe to receive an email notification with design inspiration.

Tutorials

8 June 2011 Foliage Weaving

For this tutorial I focus on a simple weave pattern that does not require you to soften or prepare the leaves to be more durable or flexible. This is the starting point in...

15 April 2015 Stretching leaves and foliage into a ringlet curl

Most leaves and foliage can be slightly manipulated to curve or curl.

28 December 2016 Adding snow to twigs

Glue artificial snow to twigs

25 August 2011 Placing orchids in test tubes

Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.

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.

5 April 2017 Weaving a Pillbox hat from grass

Use the "over and under" weaving pattern to weave a round, upright hat with a flat top and no brim.

14 August 2019 Long lasting Lily and lily grass ball

Keep all the fresh flower material hydrated in water by weaving the stems from one side of the vase to the other.

29 May 2019 Weaving and Interweaving for contrast

My block design is shaped around a Styrofoam block. It is bulky but lightweight and a great way to reuse packaging.

1 October 2012 Weaving a ball shaped Dew-drop Catcher from grass

Weave a sphere from grass

27 March 2019 An eggshell stack and grass snippet arch with a hidden water source for a Spring or Easter design

An almost nest like design with a hidden water source.

11 April 2017 A little nest for Easter chocolates that naturally hooks over the edge of a container

Weave a tiny nest with a twig hook so that you can hang it in a design

Favourite Flowers

Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid

Related Designs

31 March 2021 Criss-crossed

Hide an egg inside a interwoven nest for a dainty Easter decoration design.

18 March 2020 Aerial Odyssey

A closer look at my design at Canada Blooms and The Toronto Flower Show last week. The show was cancelled right after we staged the designs due to COVID-19 concerns.

5 April 2017 Easter Bonnet

Weave a delicate Pillbox hat

14 August 2019 For a longer lasting Summer

A creative way to keep foliage hydrated for a cool, water filled summer design.

15 April 2015 Bowled Over

Weave a sphere armature to complement delicate oncidium orchiods

26 June 2019 “Ok wow”

A design so fine you can easily miss it... if it were not for the interwoven pebbles catching your eye.

29 May 2019 Creative Competition

This week I am so excited to share my article and design that was published in the recent issue of the Floral Art Society of New Zealand's Academy Magazine for NZ qualified...

1 October 2012 How to catch a dew drop:

Weave a sphere from grass to catch a precious and exquisite and perfect glistening early autumn dew drop

2 April 2011 Easter Parade Demonstration and Accessory Workshop

Advanced level Workshop: For my Easter Parade Demonstration I made 6 hand-tied designs within armatures. The concept was to pick up the design while demonstrating and to literally...

21 April 2011 Happy Easter!

Spring "Ice cream" posy with a Banana Leaf "cone"