Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Leaf-puddle for a short stem in a big vase
Test your leaf to see how it will fit into the vase
Newsletter subscribers: I have a special tip for you to see how exactly you should test and curve the leaf so that it supports the flower stem.
Place the leaf so that it kicks against both sides of the vase.
Fill the vase to just above the curve of the leaf inside the vase with water.
Place a short stem flower into the vase...
So that the stem rest in the small puddle of water on the leaf.
This is both a decorative and functional design solution. But most importantly, I think, there is absolutely zero waste.
Weave tiny vine wreaths on the leave stems of a stripped Wisteria vine
Cut a small wedge out of a stack of waxy leaves to keep the flower and twig in place.
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.
Suspend a flower for an unusual but minimalist design over a leaning container lid.
Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.
Fold a single blade of grass or slender leaf around a small container to stand your flower in position
Hide the water source in a rolled leaf
Gently curve a shallow area with a leaf to showcase a gorgeous flower with a short stem in a water filled vase
Ooooh! Am I excited to show you this design. It is an ordinary fishbowl vase... balanced on it's side.
Deceptively simple. A design that relies on you working with not against what is already there.
Position foliage to create a smaller, shallow pond for your floral details to shelter in.
Weave a basket with dangling edges for a single orchid display
A sustainable, absolutely no waste floral design using willow to suspend your flower head in your arrangement.
Create a minimal design with a few leaves to keep is all upright.
Dutch floral designer Pim van den Akker, from Flower Factor invited me to participate in a FloraHolland initiative promoting the versatility of Freesias entitled ...
Urgh… my glass cake stand broke leaving me with a still beautiful, but now mismatched and extremely inspirational lid...
Stack two vases to create a small gap at the side to keep a leaf upright
This week we look at the design featured in the Flower Guide Chapter at the very end of my book
Skewer Dracaena leaves into a roll that supports a tiny water source for the Oncidium orchids