My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman


16 August 2011 Fast way to fill a lot of test tubes in awkward places

I do not believe in arranging flowers without a water source of some kind. I want my flowers to remain as beautiful for as long as possible and I often get quite creative to...

16 August 2011 Twig cocoon

Cherry twig frame for my cocoon design

10 August 2011 Free standing basket

I tied the strong inside veins of the 5 Aspidistra leaves (that I used to make the garland with) to make my basket armature.

10 August 2011 Foliage Pleat Garland

Folding a garland from strips of a Aspidistra leaf

10 August 2011 Alliums "breath freshener"

Lessen the smell of Garlic and Onion related flowers

10 August 2011 Curl Allium stems while conditioning

Allium stems twist and turn and follow sunlight

3 August 2011 Corsage Magnets

Most contemporary corsages and boutonnieres are now fixed with magnets and no longer pins that could damage fabric

3 August 2011 Weaving a heart from shaved wood strips

I wove my basic heart shape from shaven wood strips but you can use flax, grape vine, willow or any other flexible plant material

26 July 2011 Copper Wire Ring

Bend and curl a adjustable copper wire ring

26 July 2011 Wire Tendrils

Curl the wire at irregular intervals to create a natural wire tendril similar to that of a passion fruit plant

26 July 2011 Create a flat base to glue small florets securely

Make a small loop the size of your ring to create a flat surface to glue your tiny plant material on.

21 July 2011 Weaving a fan basket

Dark and dramatic burgundy lilies are tucked in low to line a fan shaped basket that unravels into an unruly nest