My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Standing flower stems upright In Perlite

I use perlite to root my cuttings... and to support flower stems in an upright position in designs. I tell you a bit more about it in our email for this week. Make sure you receive your email from me every Wednesday morning (Vancouver time) by signing up below this post. Every week I show you a small detail from the design that particularly caught my interest. If you have comments or questions... or want to say Hi and tell me what is happening in your floral world you can reply to the email.

Scoop perlite into your container

Scoop Perlite into your container...

Design note: Work with the perlite damp. You can use a spray bottle to moisten the surface before scooping as much as you need to fill your container. See our email for more details.

Make sure you have enough Perlite in the container

Make sure you have enough Perlite in the container by poking a stick into it to see if it remains upright. For taller and heavier stems you will need a deeper container filled with Perlite to support it in an upright position.

Add water to soak the Perlite

Add water to soak the Perlite.

Place the violas into the Perlite to stand upright

Place the violas into the Perlite to stand upright.

Simply turn and reposition the flowers to create your design

Simply turn and reposition the flowers to create your design

Add in the chives scapes

Add in the chives scapes...

To stand upright in the Perlite

To stand upright in the Perlite.

Book readers, if you are wondering about the positioning of the flowers... yes! It is definitely planned. I believe that your floral designs should tell a story. I wanted mine to make you feel happy and included. The easiest way to do this is to position the flowers to look happy and included. They are slightly turned so that they look like they are having a conversation, have you noticed that?
For more information about these tiny details... and how to add emotions to your designs turn to page 355 where I discuss Saying It In Flowers.

For more information about my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman

Finish the design with a few large glittering dew drop crystals

Finish the design with a few large glittering dew drop crystals...

And a few smaller dew drop crystals on the rest of the design

And a few smaller dew drop crystals on the rest of the design. See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions for how I place these crystals on the delicate stems.

Oh! and before I forget... if you use flowers from the Allium family and want to avoid the onion smell turn to page 100 of my book. Works every time!

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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.

8 April 2015 Cane and Willow Nest Shaped Basket

Weave a nest for Easter eggs

29 March 2023 Grow a wheatgrass patch for an almost entirely edible Easter display

Grow wheatgrass to create a Spring patch of green for your mini Easter egg hunt.

22 April 2015 Dowel ring flower holder for the most delicate of stems

The most delicate of stems often disappear in a design. this is an easy way to display really delicate flowering stems without overwhelming them

11 May 2016 Twig snippet vase armature

Glue twig snippets to closely follow the shape of a glass vase

5 July 2017 Bits of snipped grass glued to create a net

Glue a fragile sheltering net to soften the look of a summer design

17 June 2020 Reusable Table Top Lei Armature

An easy to do, budget friendly, craft ahead- use many times floral armature.

31 August 2022 Suspended, suspended buds in a zig zag grass thread

Suspend flowers in tight bud to slip over a folded and threaded grass grid

10 May 2017 Skewered Eucalyptus leaf line-up armature

Thread leaves through wire

23 February 2022 Place delicate stems at an angle in a shallow fiber lined container

Line a shallow container with fiber to create a mat for the flowers to hydrate and stand in the exact way you want to place them.

2 February 2022 Connect bud vases with a fresh foliage open weave

Craft two woven panels to place front and back of a couple of bud vases to create a unit.

10 August 2016 Bamboo frog for a shallow container design

Cut short bamboo lengths to keep your flower material upright in a shallow and narrow container

Related Designs

3 May 2023 Spring Row

Viola and chives cleverly dancing upright in a row.

12 July 2023 Standing in frond

Standing your delicate flower stems in a fern frond.

8 April 2015 Just think!

Weave a nest for chocolate Easter eggs

29 March 2023 To grow a patch of grass of our very own

The first of my new monthly articles about growing the material you need to design with. This month we are taking stock of what we need... and growing wheatgrass.

22 April 2015 Toiling

Convert a dowel stick into a container for delicate flower stems

11 May 2016 Pour

Glue a twig vase and melt some plastic to create a tumbling design

5 July 2017 Just A Bit

Glue a bit of grass snippets to suspend over the design

17 June 2020 Lei-way

Allow for a bit of variation by crafting a sturdy armature.

31 August 2022 Bud… bud… bud… they were feeling so… very blue

When life hands you dyed flowers you make... well creatively speaking it turned out to be not such a bad thing after all!

10 May 2017 About a line

Skewer and line up leaves to create an armature

23 February 2022 Plan Together

Leaning Muscari flowers in a snow covered twig armature.

2 February 2022 Putting my feelers out

Adding just a little something to a bud vase design to connect them... and make it special.

18 August 2021 At Play

A quick-to-do-but-looks-impressive way to display a beautiful cut garden vine for an effortless summer design.

10 August 2016 Saved up

Cut lengths of bamboo to place in a shallow container as a flower frog