Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Placing orchids in test tubes
When you cut the orchid from the plant...
... make sure you cut the plant stem and not just the flower stem.
See the Tutorial below on more detailed instructions on cutting spiked flower stems and foliage into short sections
The orchids are slow drinkers but they take up water better through the green stem and will last considerably longer.
Making it possible to design with the tiniest little tubes
See the Tutorial below on detailed instructions on how I make test tube water sources from drinking straws
Make sure the hole in the lid is not too tight for the stem. This will be like a tourniquet that squeeze the stem so tight that it can't take up water. Rather cut a small slit in the plastic lid to make sure the stem slips through the hole without being constricted or compressed.
First remove the plastic lid from the test tube. Fit the lid over the Cymbidium orchid stem. This way it is easier to control how deep the orchid will be in the water and how high the lid will be on the stem. Measure the stem and cut to fit the test tube.
Fit the water filled tube. Make sure the stem is as deep as possible without being squished at the bottom.
Orchids grow in long flower spikes. It is great to use the entire stem but sometimes you need shorter section. There is a trick to cutting the stems without leaving a visible...
A Touchstone is something or even someone that you can rely on to evaluate the strength or worth of an idea or concept.
My bag was woven from re-purposed wire and recycled fishing line and tiny stems of growing sweet pea plants and orchids
This is a detailed look at my second Floral Fable demonstration design
To commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee and the 20th Anniversary of Friends of Government House Gardens Society a Horticultural event was hosted in the gardens and...
This was the first two designs for my Floral Art and craft demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging club
This is my article that I wrote for the Bridal Design Issue of Canadian Florist Magazine
Weave a wreath to thread a dome for an Autumn leaf design
My article and woven ring basket design featured in the summer issue of DIY Weddings Magazine
My article and a floral cell phone re-charge station design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine
This was the second design I did in my "I found it this way" floral art demonstration
To celebrate the 6th year anniversary of My Creative Workbook I am looking at the most popular Tutorial I have done to date:
Create a grid to rest some plant material so that it floats and some with their stems to rest in the water below
For a softer autumn leaf pod turn the leaves so that the bright side faces in when making the pod.
A wire Christmas star with a secret plan to hide the twinkle
Create a subtle contrast by floating or anchoring some of your design elements.
Stack two vases to create a small gap at the side to keep a leaf upright
This week we look at the design featured in the Flower Guide Chapter at the very end of my book
Urgh… my glass cake stand broke leaving me with a still beautiful, but now mismatched and extremely inspirational lid...
A perfectly imperfect wild willow wreath to display the first Autumn treasures of the year.
Fold and thread an autumn leaf armature for a thankful Thanksgiving design
Create a long lasting winter inspired floral design that looks like it is frozen in time.
Gently curve a shallow area with a leaf to showcase a gorgeous flower with a short stem in a water filled vase
Armatures are great (budget friendly) spacers for creating large floral designs without using an enormous amount of your resources.
Ooooh! Am I excited to show you this design. It is an ordinary fishbowl vase... balanced on it's side.
A fun design to create a spinning diamond frame using minimal plant material for maximum effect.
A closer look at my design at Canada Blooms and The Toronto Flower Show last week. The show was cancelled right after we staged the designs due to COVID-19 concerns.
Deceptively simple. A design that relies on you working with not against what is already there.
Add design elements that serves a purpose for a minimal summer inspired floral design.
All natural design using the design elements as mechanics.
A tiny budvase design that rearranges basic ingredients, such as a single leaf and an orchid to create a new design concept.
Hide an egg inside a interwoven nest for a dainty Easter decoration design.
Whipped up to be light in the Spring breeze wreath design.
Position foliage to create a smaller, shallow pond for your floral details to shelter in.
oh yes, a light an airy design showing off those very first autumn leaves.
A more than just a hint of Christmas tradition design... in a pre-Christmas design.
Managed to find an utterly gorgeous branch... perfect contrast to the minimal orchids.