My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Orange peel spiral roses

Orange peel spiral roses.

To make the candle holders:

Spiral cut the peel from an orange with a vegetable peeler

Spiral cut the peel from an orange with a vegetable peeler.

Roll the peel around the candle

Roll the peel around the candle...

So that it settles neatly in the stem end side of the peel

So that it settles neatly in the stem end side of the peel.

To stand upright

To stand upright.

Set the dry orange peel candle roses into a design.

Design note: The fresh peel stands upright on a flat surface. If you are adding it into a design like I did make the spiral roses about a week before to dry... or replace the candle with a cinnamon stick (to keep the space for the candle round as the peel shrivels and dries) and dry them in an oven on dehydrate or low for a few hours.

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Did you notice the old favourite of mine... copper wire unraveled from a pot scrubber? I love using this wire. It is not only cost effective but also looks unusual in designs because it is a flat wire. It adds something really special. Book readers turn to page 37 to see more. For more information about my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman

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27 December 2023 Clove Copper Garland

Twist and wire a gorgeously sparkly clove copper wire string.

27 December 2023 Christmas twig wreath, cinnamon bundles, clove garlands and roses of orange peel candle holder

Take the whole waste free design concept a whole lot further by displaying all your Christmas simmer pot ingredients... ready to be harvested as needed.

27 December 2023 Add light filled snowy fluff inside a display container

A fun way to make a winter design glow.

27 December 2023 Cinnamon Bundles

Pretty wire bundles to add fragrance to any design

2 October 2013 Twig garland

Add a dangling garland of twigs to the design

29 June 2011 Twig Zipper

I wanted my Zipper to be "edgy" rather than "peaceful", so using bamboo or reeds or willow would not be appropriate.

1 November 2011 Weaving a twig wreath

For my design I wanted the wreath to look wind blown so I added a few loosely woven twigs into the weave. I also wanted to emphasize the autumn colours so I added a twirling...

8 November 2023 First Frost Sparkle Wire and Twinkle Vine Wreath

An impossibly delicate wreath shape that will last... and last... all Festive Season long.

5 May 2011 Unravel wire from a copper pot scrubber

Up-cycle a pot scrubber to get a huge roll of very pretty copper wire

5 May 2011 Wire curls

curl wire to add to designs

4 November 2020 Pot-scrubber copper wire curls and autumn twig twirls bud vase toppers

A quick solution for a minimal horizontal autumn display -on top of bud vases.

25 August 2021 Loop and Twist a Wire and Twig Tangle Grid

Wire twigs and wire around a shallow container to keep your floral details suspended in water in a shallow container.

Related Designs

27 December 2023 A Very Merry Dried Orange and these from My Greenhouse to yours Trendy Christmas Cheer

And of course I would add the environmentally friendly-estest floral design option to top all the rest. Reusable and upcycled... and smells wonderful.

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...

2 October 2013 Prickly

Build a twig porcupine armature for fall flowers

8 November 2023 A warm up

An almost Christmas... Christmas wreath featured in the winter edition of Flora Magazine.

4 November 2020 Because that is just how I roll

A tumbling fall leaf design making use of the autumn leaves that are already falling to the ground.

1 April 2011 A Floral Art Demonstration by Floral Trends Design Group

A Floral Art Demonstration by Floral Trends Design Group with music, narration and pictorial presentation.

23 September 2015 Pretty Spicy!

Hang fruity wire garlands to display Gerbera daisies

23 March 2016 Celebrate!

A closer look at my design at the 20th anniversary of Canada Blooms and The Toronto Flower Show

26 October 2016 Harvest Moon

Fold a fine twig wreath in half to create a moon shaped armature