My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Magnolia Rose Bowl with the brightest Holly berries and Kalanchoe flowers

Place a magnolia leaf on a flat working surface

Place a magnolia leaf on a flat working surface... I placed mine fuzzy side down and stem tip facing up.

You can (of course) alternate the leaves so that the fuzzy brown side sometimes face up... it really is something that makes Magnolia leaves so special to design with. I wanted mine to have a brownish glow on the outside with the bright red flowers and berries just peeking out from the inside so I stuck to the green up brown down throughout my roll.

Place a skewer on the tip of the leaf and start to roll it

Place a skewer on the tip of the leaf and start to roll it...

When about half of the leaf is rolled up place the next leaf and continue to roll

When about half of the leaf is rolled up place the next leaf and continue to roll...

Add a bit of volume to the design

To keep the roll from just rolling flat I added a bit of volume to the design to create a ruffled rose petal effect.

I wanted to show you a bit more in detail so I added pictures to this week's notification email with details on how to add volume. You can subscribe to the weekly email below the post to receive your weekly bonus tip. The button is below this post.

Keep the roll on the working surface and add another leaf

Keep the roll on the working surface to help you keep it all together and add another leaf...

To create a large leaf roll

until you have a large enough leaf roll to design with.

Slip the leaf roll into a display vase

Slip the Magnolia leaf roll into a display vase.

And let it settle to fill the vase

And let the Magnolia leaves settle to fill the vase.

Book readers turn to page 22 for a unruffled version of this design that can stand upright without a vase.
... and page 210 for a How To stitch the leaves into a garland first before rolling it into the spiral.
For more information about my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman
but to get you started I have also linked a few options of how to create other versions of this down below this post.

If you find that the gap in the middle is to prominent roll a few more leaves to fill it

If you find that the gap in the middle is to prominent roll a few more leaves to fill it.

Design note: For robust leaves like this it is better to use a thicker bamboo skewer (or chopstick) so that the leaves are not damaged in the process. If you need to make a tighter roll go back and use a thinner skewer and roll some of the freshest new leaves.

Slip the new leaf roll into place

Slip the new leaf roll into place.

Cut a few holly berries and place it in the leaf roll

Cut a few holly berries from the stems and place it in the leaf roll...

And add a few tiny kalanchoe flowers in between

And add a few tiny kalanchoe flowers in between. These little succulent flowers last so well without any water source... amazing!

Slip a twig into the side of the roll

Slip a twig into the side of the roll...

Curve the twig and secure so that it is held in place by the Magnolia leaves

Curve the twig and secure so that it is held in place by the Magnolia leaves.

Add in a few more curved twigs to frame the design

Add in a few more curved twigs to frame the design...

Slip in  a straight twig for contrast

Slip in a straight twig for contrast...

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 to use a pin to place the crystals on a delicate design.

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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.

30 December 2015 Eucalyptus rose

Release the soothing effect of the aroma and vapors from the Eucalyptus leaves my slightly crushing it while making roses

22 October 2014 Roll a folded leaf coil

Fold and then stitch a long fall leaf garland to roll into a coil

11 September 2013 Longer lasting Gladiolus Composite Flower

Split (but don't cut) a few gladiolus flowers to spiral in a vase

9 March 2016 Spiral Washi Rose armature

Fold and paste a paper flower as an armature

2 August 2017 Two vase, two level Phormium snippets

Design in two levels by using two vases, the smaller slipped into a bigger one.

4 December 2019 Eucalyptus collar for a snow-covered Christmas candle

Not only will your home smell wonderful while crafting this design you will also have a ethereal and long lasting design to enjoy.

30 January 2019 A round, around a round foliage… spiral in a vase

Stack foliage to create a rose spiral in a container.

22 May 2012 Spiral twig frog

Multiple tiny twigs create a flower frog to keep the delicate buds and leaves in the exact spot you want.

20 June 2018 Bundled Phormium with a secret water source

Rip Phormium to create a freestanding bundle armature design.

22 June 2016 Lily grass spiral in a vase

Twist lily grass slightly to create a spiral for the orchids to nestle in

27 December 2017 Pine NeedleTube

Glue pine needles to a up-cycled disk to create a winter scene

Favourite Flowers

Kalanchoe

Christmas Kalanchoe, Kalanchöe or Kalanchoë

Related Designs

16 November 2022 All your Christmases…

A little bit of effort... that will last for weeks design to roll us in to the Festive Season.

22 October 2014 Stand Around

Fold and roll leaves to create an Autumn swirl

11 September 2013 Making it last

Split and spiral a few gladiolus flowers in a way that the stems remain intact, to spiral in a water filled filled vase for a long lasting composite flower

9 March 2016 Take your time

My article and Japanese paper flower armature design featured in the March issue of The Academy Leader- Academy of Floral Design, published by the The Floral Art Society of New...

2 August 2017 Grace

Use snips and snippets and leftovers to create a design of it's own

22 May 2012 Lean

Place short twigs, leaning to one side to create a flower frog

1 February 2017 Not yet Spring, Spring but a spring

Coil wire and grass to create a spring

20 June 2018 A Bundle of Pretty

A dried bundle of ripped flax hides a secret water source for the orchids

22 June 2016 Perfection

Spiral grass to create a nest for the lady slipper orchids

30 December 2015 Achoo! Season

Fold and roll a rose from Eucalyptus leaves

4 December 2019 A Very Merry eucalyptus-collar-candle Christmas!

An easy and naturally fragrant winter white candle decoration to bring nature into your house this Christmas.

17 June 2020 Lei-way

Allow for a bit of variation by crafting a sturdy armature.

27 December 2017 Can it be?

Craft a pine tube to display a soft and snow filled winter scene