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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Kenzan peg bark curls into a hollow and bottomless log vase

Use floral foam to secure a small kenzan in a flat display container

Use floral foam to secure a small kenzan in a flat display container

Design note: I have a quick Tutorial for you below this design on how to secure a Kenzan... if you want even more detailed instructions turn to page 160 to 165 of my book- it's all there.

Press a bark curl to stand upright with the help of the kenzan

Press a bark curl to stand upright with the help of the Kenzan.

Match a second bark curl to rest next to the first and press it into the kenzan

Match a second bark curl to rest next to the first and press it into sharp Kenzan teeth so that it also stands upright.

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Fill the shallow container with water

Fill the shallow container with water... keep an eye on the water level. Water should cover the heavy Kenzan base all the way to the teeth so that the fresh flowers can remain hydrated but not spill over the container.

Slip the flower stem into the hollow of the bark

Slip the flower stem into the hollow of the bark.

Slip a twirling vine stem around the bark and into the opening of the bark

Slip a twirling vine stem around the bark and into the opening of the bark.

I explain how (and why!) I placed these stems in my design in greater detail in my newsletter this week so that you can hit the reply button if you have questions... or a tip to share. I reply to all the emails although it sometimes takes me a little while. But I love hearing from you so feel free to start a conversation.

Carefully manipulate the vines to wind around the bark log and flowers to create a focal point

Carefully manipulate the vines to wind around the bark log and flowers to create a focal point.

Glue in a few fall leaves

Glue in a few fall leaves.

And adjust the vine so that it perfectly frames the flowers

And adjust the vine so that it perfectly frames the flowers.

To learn more about manipulating twigs see my book... and of course the Tutorial linked below.

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Tutorials

7 January 2015 Securing a kenzan

Temporarily adhere a traditional Ikebana Kenzan or pincushion to a shallow container.

19 February 2013 Manipulating stems: Snapping at an angle, Bending, Spiraling, Curling and Straightening

Most stems, twigs and even sturdier branches can be bend into shapes. It takes practice and more than a bit of patience. The main idea is to slowly manipulate the branch without...

24 August 2018 Kenzan foliage cover-up

Cover your kenzan by wrapping it in a leaf.

22 August 2018 Vein Veil For Freesias

Cut a slight veil to frame your flowers with

18 October 2017 Muted Side Up Autumn Leaf Pod

Turn the leaf so that the muted underside faces outward to create a more understated Autumn colour scheme .

14 October 2015 Roll hundreds (yes! hundreds) of autumn leaves so create a natural, upright flower frog

Rolled leaves offer support for floral stems

11 November 2012 Autumn Leaf Rosette

Great way to use all the autumn leaves you collect on walks during the season. Slowly build up the leaf rosette and let the leaves dry before adding a few more.

17 April 2019 Cross cut Spring Twig Armature

Give a sturdy twig a cut to stay put in your Spring design.

6 December 2017 Barely there twig tabletop Christmas tree

Glue curved twig snippets to craft a delicate winter white Christmas tree

6 December 2017 Fluffy pillow filler tree skirt

The fluffy stuffing found in pillows create beautiful, water repellent tree skirts.

Favourite Flowers

Alstroemeria

Inca lily, Peruvian lily or lily of the Incas

Related Designs

11 November 2020 What goes around

Display a single stem flower in an Autumn leaf twirl

22 August 2018 FreestyleFreesia

Dutch floral designer Pim van den Akker, from Flower Factor invited me to participate in a FloraHolland initiative promoting the versatility of Freesias entitled ...

22 August 2018 Freestyle Freesia design video for Flower Factor

Freestyle Freesia design video for Flower Factor

18 February 2015 Snail Away

Spiral roll a snail to add to this sunny design

17 September 2014 Still

My bark bowl design and tutorial featured in the Centrepiece Wedding Magazine

18 October 2017 On the inside

For a softer autumn leaf pod turn the leaves so that the bright side faces in when making the pod.

14 October 2015 What a find!

Roll autumn leaves to create a frog to keep flowers upright

11 November 2012 Leaves by Hundreds came

A rosette of fall leaves to celebrate the beauty of autumn

17 April 2019 Hopping with Excitement

A hoppingly-fun Spring design for Easter.

6 June 2018 Hi-Lo

Perfect stems, perfect flowers. Needs nothing more.

6 December 2017 While I sing of beauty's treasure

Glue the most delicate twig table top Christmas tree