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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Over the edge flower, floral support

Choose a pretty vase

Choose a pretty vase... and with pretty I mean pretty functional. This is actually the most important step for this entire design. Everything hangs from it- no, really!

The vase should have a lip that will support the dainty flowers. So make sure it is upright and not too thick. The height of the vase is also important. So important that I thought I would chat a bit more about it in our email this week. Make sure to sign up to receive your once-a-week email from me with the design specific tip. The sign up is below this post.

Pay special attention to the stem end of the flower as you slip it over the edge

Pay special attention to the stem end of the flower as you slip it over the edge. The flower should hang from the vase but also stand on the surface with the waterline just about in the middle.

Loosely fill the vase with flowers

Loosely fill the vase with flowers. Not too crowded and not too spare just filled to be level with the top of the vase so that they can offer support for the longer floral details.

Slip in blades of grass to dangle down the sides

Slip in blades of grass to dangle up, over and down the sides.

Add grasses to radiate around the vase

Add grasses to radiate around the vase.

Slip a taller arum lily between the flowers

Cut two taller calla lilies to adjust the height of the design and slip the lily between the flowers.

So that the flowers are supported by the flowers and grasses below

So that the flowers are supported by the flowers and grasses below.

Add an elegant blade of grass to finish the design

Add an elegant, upright blade of grass to finish the design.

Book readers turn to page 258 for another, more dramatic version of this design. This time I spiraled the stems you see peeking out between the grasses.

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5 September 2018 Wisteria Vine Wreath Armature

Create a barely there armature with sturdy end of season vines.

16 May 2018 Adjusting the curve in plant material

It is possible to curve or adjust a curve in plant material

30 August 2017 Standing a water tube at an angle in lumber

Create a minimal design by placing a single flower on a platform

17 July 2012 Arum lily roll down

Open an arum lily up by rolling the funnel shaped spathe (petal) over

23 October 2013 Hanging leaves from a Hazel twig top bar

Create a free moving autumn leaf screen

15 April 2015 Stretching leaves and foliage into a ringlet curl

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

Favourite Flowers


Calla Lily, Arum Lily

Related Designs

29 September 2021 Creative Direction

Hang the arum lilies from the edge of a container to support all the other floral details.

20 July 2022 The tiniest drop

A radiating summer design that waves in the slightest of breezes.

24 August 2022 Hot air balloon

A grass bubble to frame two of the most beautiful calla lilies.

16 August 2023 Canned right after harvest

Pull tab support for "canned" Calla lilies and bunny-tail grass.

5 September 2018 Wreath Vine Season!

Weave tiny wreaths on the stems of Wisteria vines

16 May 2018 It goes like this...

Gently curve plant material.

30 August 2017 If

Place a water tube at an angle in lumber so that the Zantedeschia float just above the base to show off the delicate grass snippets scattered up the stem

15 March 2017 Wedding Welcome

My article and wedding direction board design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

4 January 2017 New Year's Wreath

Decorate an artificial wreath with fresh flowers and frosted twigs

14 October 2015 What a find!

Roll autumn leaves to create a frog to keep flowers upright

2 August 2017 Grace

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

24 April 2012 Words Matter.

Braiding and plaiting and knotting hair is a huge trend in hairdressing at the moment. Intricate little plaits are draped over long flowing hair to add complexity and quirk. ...

30 July 2014 See you around

Weave a few spheres to create a simple design

23 October 2013 Their work well done

String Autumn leaves to fall down in a design

6 November 2012 Mr. Stalk, the Seriously Terrifying Scarecrow, on his Day Off

An easy going design of ripped grass and calla lilies. But look a bit closer. See if you can find Mr. Stalk relaxing somewhere between the blades of grass.

13 October 2011 Direct Contrasts

I have always been fascinated, as a designer, by the idea that there is a point when extremes or direct contrasts flip into its opposite.