My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman


7 December 2011 Hang a wreath on a door without knocking nails into the door face

I use two methods (or a combination of both) to attach a wreath to a door.

7 December 2011 Glue a forest filigree twig wreath

This wreath is not woven but glued to create a see-through forest filigree

29 November 2011 Messy wire lace

I call this “lace” because I use pins to guide the wire sections together- almost like you do when making lace.

23 November 2011 Assembling a Mobile on a twig top bar

Here are the two secrets to assembling a well balanced hanging sculpture: First: Let gravity do the work. Do not fight it. And Secondly: Start from the bottom of your design...

23 November 2011 Twig and glue Angel

Cut short sections of twigs to glue into an Angel shape

16 November 2011 Making the waist corsage using the BoutStix Floral Magnets

The BoutStix Floral Magnets “stick” is the backbone of the design, strengthening the narrow heart shape and adding support and balance.

9 November 2011 Curve a flower around the design with a T-wire

Gently bend and secure the Alstroemeria flower head into the twig design

9 November 2011 Gypsophila snowball posy

A Posy made of Gypsophila flowers can look flat. I use a dried Hydrangea or Agapanthus flower head as a flower frog to puff it out

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...

26 October 2011 Suspend flowers and candy on an acetate and wire garland

Drape an acetate garland around the pumpkin, on the wires, to create a halo

26 October 2011 Acetate Garland

Acetate is the clear plastic mostly used for packaging design. It is thicker than cellophane and holds its shape much better.

19 October 2011 Making a parasol

I glued wooden slats into a frame and then wove flax string to create the floral parasol