Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Roll hundreds (yes! hundreds) of autumn leaves so create a natural, upright flower frog
I wanted my rolled leaves to be the exact same size so that the shape of the calla lilies really attract all the attention.
Roll an autumn leaf around a thick dowel stick
Glue the leaf with a small drop of floral adhesive. Hold the leaf in place for a few seconds to make sure the glue sets.
Loosen your grip and slip the leaf from the dowel
Roll a few more fall leaves...
... And a few more.
I rolled 500 autumn leaves to stand upright in my large container
Cut the leaf so that it stands flat in the water
Make sure all the leaves are approximately the same size
Keep the stem part of the leaf so that it can add a contrasting randomness to the design
Place the container on its side and let the first leaf rest on the side of the container
Start to stack the autumn leaves
Place the cut side in the container...
As the container fills up with stacked leaves you can gradually lesson the angle at which it is held
I wanted my leaf colours to be random and just kept that in mind as I stacked the leaves
Add the last few leaves to fill the container
Space out the leaves so that it is snug and fill the container with about 1cm of water. Add the calla lilies.
The finish of every design should be flawless. Make sure there are no bits of glue visible in your design by carefully removing all traces of spills.
Fold and then stitch a long fall leaf garland to roll into a coil
I used to make baskets full of these when I was a little girl. We had a big Acasia thorn tree and I used to spear my “roses” onto the tree pretending I was the fairy responsible...
Skewer Dracaena leaves into a roll that supports a tiny water source for the Oncidium orchids
I would definitely describe my own personal style as minimalist classic... but with an edgy twist.
Fold and thread an autumn leaf armature for a thankful Thanksgiving design
An enclosed design that invites the onlooker to lean in closer to explore the pretty orchid.