My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Rolled leaf shelter for a lean-in-closer tiny bud vase design

Poke a small hole into a leaf

Poke a small hole into a leaf.

Thread an orchid stem through the leaf

Thread an orchid stem through the hole in the leaf.

Thread a few vines through the hole in the leaf

Thread a few vines through the hole in the leaf.

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Poke a guide hole close to the tip of the leaf

Poke a guide hole close to the tip of the leaf.

Roll the leaf over and slip the stem end through the hole

Roll the leaf over and slip the stem end through the hole...

Capturing the pretty moth orchid inside

... Capturing the pretty moth orchid inside.

Gather the stems together and slip it into a bud vase

Gather the stems together and slip it into a water filled bud vase.

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Tutorials

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.

21 October 2015 Use the stem of an Autumn leaf to wrap, pin and secure it in a roll

A glue-less way of manipulating leaves

23 March 2013 Rolling leaf tubes

Roll foliage to create tubes

22 May 2019 Gently peel leaves from the stalk to create a twisted stem end

Roll leaves to create a stopper to keep flowers in place in a bud vase

14 October 2015 Roll hundreds (yes! hundreds) of autumn leaves so create a natural, upright flower frog

Rolled leaves offer support for floral stems

5 October 2016 Folded leaf nest

Leaf armature made of rolled mini Monstera leaves

4 February 2015 Fold over a tropical leaf cocoon

Fold and glue a Monstera deliciosa (delicious monster) leaf

22 March 2017 Skewered Foliage Garland

Create a garland that dries well with rolled up leaves

28 June 2017 Skewer leaf rolls to support a tiny water source for fresh flowers

Hide the water source in a rolled leaf

27 June 2018 Foliage tube armature for long stemmed freesia buds

Curl and pin a few leaves into a tube to create an armature for those "left over" freesiabuds.

11 November 2015 Balancing the curved stems of dried Autumn leaf tubes

Long stemmed autumn leave tubes as a floral armature

Favourite Flowers

Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid

Ceropegia woodii

Rosary vine, Chain of Hearts, Collar of hearts and String of hearts

Related Designs

6 January 2021 I tip my (flower) cap!

An enclosed design that invites the onlooker to lean in closer to explore the pretty orchid.

21 October 2015 Watch the leaves turn

Roll autumn leaves to create a wreath

23 March 2013 Today I'll be

Silhouette design using glasses filled with water

22 May 2019 Putting your own spin on it

I would definitely describe my own personal style as minimalist classic... but with an edgy twist.

14 October 2015 What a find!

Roll autumn leaves to create a frog to keep flowers upright

5 October 2016 I found it this way: Leaf nest design

This was the third design I did in my "I found it this way" floral art demonstration

4 February 2015 collywobbles!

Fold foliage butterflies

31 May 2017 Let's hang out

Skewer some Eucalyptus to suspend between the orchids

28 June 2017 Somewhere in the Middle

Skewer Dracaena leaves into a roll that supports a tiny water source for the Oncidium orchids

27 June 2018 Look deep

Curl foliage to use as a natural armature for delicate buds.

11 November 2015 Balancing Act

Bend dried fall leaves to balance on the edge of a glass container