My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Secret Battery holder

Sometimes the best way to hide something in your design is right in the open... so I simply hang the battery behind the biggest flower. Make sure you position the battery pack in such a way that it can be replaced when needed.

Cut the fishing line

Cut the fishing line. You will need two pieces, slightly longer than you think you might need. Find the mid point.

Knot the line on both sides from the mid point

Knot the line on both sides from the mid point.

Split the line and slip the battery pack into the gap

Split the line and slip the battery pack into the gap. Knot the line again, this time the split partners.

If this is a bit confusing have a look at my detailed instructions for Macrame inspired hanging vases. See the Tutorial below.

Split the line again and knot

Split the line again and knot. The battery pack is now snug in the line holder and can be hanged behind the design.

Carefully adjust the line

Carefully adjust the line.

So that it all but disappears behind the biggest flower

So that it all but disappears behind the biggest flower

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28 December 2016 Adding snow to twigs

Glue artificial snow to twigs

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.

7 December 2011 Hang a wreath on a door without knocking nails into the door face

I use two methods (or a combination of both) to attach a wreath to a door.

25 August 2011 Placing orchids in test tubes

Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.

28 December 2011 Macramé inspired hanging test tubes

When I hang these delicate glass bubbles I want to make sure they are really secure. By slipping them into Macramé inspired knots they are not only hanging securely but the...

24 April 2013 Macramé hanging vases

Knot wool to create a catch to hang tiny bud vases from

12 June 2012 Sticky Shooting Star

Glue gypsophila sticks, flowers and dandelion seeds into a star shape

20 November 2012 Green Trick Floral Wings

Glue gypsophila sticks, green trick carnations, Star of Bethlehem, passion fruit tendrils, jasmine foliage and string of pearls succulents to create floral wings

12 December 2012 Piled Pine Needle Tabletop Wreath

Use wood glue to make a light as air table top wreath from pine needles

10 December 2014 Prickly Pine-needle Square

Create a floral foam cube for a Christmas "gift" table design

10 December 2014 Pine Bauble

Pine needles create tiny balls

17 December 2014 Daisy shaped Pine Star

Use the sheath as a casing to create a decorative pine star

16 December 2015 Ivy vine Christmas tree mobile

Twist ivy vines around a cardboard shape to create a lace fine Christmas tree mobile.

29 November 2011 Messy wire lace

I call this “lace” because I use pins to guide the wire sections together- almost like you do when making lace.

Favourite Flowers


Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid

Related Designs

20 December 2017 A Very Merry Christmas Star

A wire Christmas star with a secret plan to hide the twinkle

5 December 2018 Personal Preference

The third design I did for my book launch demonstration looking at aspects that influences my effortless style of designing.

11 December 2019 A Very Merry eucalyptus bauble Christmas!

For this year's Christmas tree I wired and glued a wild and wintry twig armature... but... these little eucalyptus baubles are just the cutest!

15 December 2011 Rocking around Three Candle Trees

Wire spirals twisted around candles to make small Christmas trees for the Christmas Eve dinner table

11 June 2012 Wish Upon a Dandelion Star

A sticky shooting star made with gypsophila stems and fluffy dandelion seeds

20 November 2012 there’s a feeling

Glue snippets of dried green stems and Green Trick Carnation to make tiny floral wings for Christmas

12 December 2012 It's a swell time…

An exceptional moment frozen in time… 12:12:12 12/12/12

11 December 2013 Glistening and glowing out in the snow

Glue twigs to create a snow scattered dome

18 December 2013 Jingle Belling

Glue a stacked twig round-about to use as a Christmas table top wreath

10 December 2014 Let It Snow

Use floral foam to create a pine needle cube

17 December 2014 Star of Wonder

Glue pine needles into star shapes

26 August 2015 Bent

Weave a wreath from sweetpea stems and tendrils

16 December 2015 Christmas Waves

Twist a Kalanchoe and Ivy vine Christmas tree mobile

13 December 2017 Just hear those sleigh bells jingling

Craft a bark sleigh that will last for weeks.

6 December 2017 While I sing of beauty's treasure

Glue the most delicate twig table top Christmas tree

29 November 2011 Jack Frost’s Christmas stocking

I used wire, fishing line (mono-filament) and Phalaenopsis orchid roots to make a messy lace Christmas stocking and dressed the stocking with frost green Cymbidium orchids