My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Quick and Easy… Add just enough design to a tuft of bunny tail grass to hint at the autumn fun to come

I did this design just for fun-for-on-my desk while I waited for the bunny tails to dry and at first wasn’t even going to share it. It is not really a DESIGN- design. But then when I stared at it I realized there is something to be said about it. There is something worth exploring here...

Cut a handful of grass to display in a small container

Cut a handful of grass to display in a small container.

Let the bunny tails settle in the container and arrange them to be pleasing but not over styled

Let the bunny tails settle (shorter than what you would normally arrange them) in the container and arrange them to be pleasing but not overly styled.

Cut two more bunny tail grasses

Cut two more bunny tail grasses to become your levitating ghosts...

Oh yes, these ghost grasses are oh so important to create the "look" of the design. It is worth spending a bit of extra time choosing the perfect two. I made a few notes to share with you in our email this week. They turn a handful of grass... into a design! I send out my design tip email every Wednesdays morning (Vancouver time) with just a short discussion of something that I noticed or is worth noticing about each design. You can sign up below this post to receive the email... and reply if you have questions or comments. Or say hi.

Wrap the grass around the two stems to latch them together

Wrap the grass around the two stems to latch them together...

Loop the tip of the blade of grass through the hoop

Loop the tip of the blade of grass through...

And pull the knot tight to secure

And pull the knot tight to secure.

Learning a few great knots will make your life, as a designer, so much easier. Book readers turn to page 49 where I show you my "go-to" knots. If you want to level up this design a more decorative knot , like the one on page 52 would look great!

For more information about my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman

Insert the knotted grass into the container

Insert the knotted grass into the container at a slight angle.

Stand back and stare at the bunny tails for a bit

Stand back and stare at the bunny tails for a bit... follow the lines. Imagine the grass ghosts and see if something about the shape or the angle can give you a hint about what the ghosts are doing. How can you enhance their natural character? Is there a bit of fluff somewhere that reminds you of an emotion... enhance that.

I think my bunny tails looked surprised

I think my bunny tails looked surprised... like they were leaning slightly back and saying... "whaaaaaaaat???" ... so I painted dew drop crystals with black nail varnish...

If you need more inspiration I have a few more designs linked below that shows you how to create characters.

Two crystals for the eyes and one for an o shaped mouth

Two crystals for the eyes and one for an "oh!" shaped mouth.

I finished the design by placing these crystals on the bunny tail with a corsage needle to make sure it is secure without damaging my delicate floral details. You can see detailed instructions in the Tutorial below.

Quick and easy!

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8 July 2015 Using a pin to place tiny dew drop crystals

It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.

26 October 2022 The horror of flower dye and a spider that sits beside her

Weave a spider from lily grass... and reposition it every so often for a creative Halloween twist.

28 October 2020 Arachnis Gerbera-petal-legicus

The easiest Gerbara disk floret spider... ever!

31 October 2018 Spider-mum

Craft a spider from twigs and a chrysanthemum

29 September 2011 Twig and skeleton leaf Stick Insect

Made from dried cherry twigs and a skeleton leaf.

22 June 2016 Lily grass spiral in a vase

Twist lily grass slightly to create a spiral for the orchids to nestle in

30 October 2019 Bat Skeleton crafted from twigs

Eerie! Because you use what is there already in the twigs this skeleton looks rather... realistic!

12 October 2022 Corn-o’leaf mummy-o'lantern

Wrap and tie a fishbowl vase with corn foliage to craft a lantern for autumn... almost... Halloween.

25 October 2017 Skeleton eyeball blossoms

Hydrangea skeleton blossoms with Eucalyptus eyeballs

14 April 2021 Fuzzy Willow Caterpillar in a buttercup and jasmine vine swirl

As in… Pussy willow catkins caterpillar… that is super fuzzy.

18 February 2015 Grass Spiral Snail

Fold a foliage snail

17 February 2021 Controlled breaking a thin reed to create a grass spiral armature

Carefully break... but don't snap a reed to create a curved base for a fanned out grass armature.

20 July 2022 Breezy lily grass ripple

A radiating design that has the freedom of movement to add a bit of a cooling effect on the warmer days of summer.

Related Designs

20 September 2023 Did you see that!?!

Take a handful of grass... but then add just enough design to make it interesting.

26 October 2022 Arachnis Phobicus

A fun woven spider for Halloween decorating

28 October 2020 Magic Spell Number 614: How to make absolutely any task you need to do fun

A hint of a wreath table top design for pre-Halloween decorating.

31 October 2018 Scary stuff!

My Halloween design... with some scary stuff hidden if you can read between the leaves!

29 September 2011 Pick-Up Sticks

A twig and stick design with sweet dumpling pumpkins and rosary vine (Ceropegia woodii). I also made a cherry twig and skeleton leaf Stick Insect

22 June 2016 Perfection

Spiral grass to create a nest for the lady slipper orchids

30 October 2019 There once was a bat called Tequila, a Halloween story

An all plant zero waste, levitating, twig (with just a splatter of autumn leaves, a breath of spiderweb and float of roots) Halloween decoration with an eerie bat skeleton made...

12 October 2022 Ahead

Oh my... a corn leaf mummy head for autumn... looking ahead to Halloween styling.

25 October 2017 When the pretty eyeballs you back!

Barely there skeleton blossoms with Eucalyptus eyes for my Halloween design... Oh! and a Willow Paddle, which probably should have been the main Tutorial... but... well...

14 April 2021 a Yay! You

A tiny Spring detail to add to a cute little floral design.

18 February 2015 Snail Away

Spiral roll a snail to add to this sunny design

17 July 2012 So far so green

The only thing I needed to make these avocado green arums perfect was a small admirer...

17 February 2021 From here in out

An all natural, zero waste design using only plant material.

20 July 2022 The tiniest drop

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

22 March 2023 ... and just like that we spiral back to... Spring!

A spring spiral design... with a hint of a root nest. Easy to do