My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Tri-petal (with vines to fill in the gaps) lily flower wand

Self study suggestion: Turn to page 104 of my book for more detailed instructions on designing with succulents and page 72 to understand the process of using a plant's natural defenses in your favour.

Cut away flowers from a lily stem to create one tall flower

Cut away flowers from a lily stem to create one tall flower.

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to remove the stamens to keep the flower tidy.

Pick away all but three of the petals from a fully opened lily

Pick away all but three of the petals from a fully opened lily.

Place the flower in a vase to keep it hydrated

Place the flower in a vase to keep it hydrated...

Attach a succulent vine to the stem of the lily

Attach a succulent vine to the stem of the lily. Bring the stem up through the petals and loop it around to create the outline of the now missing petal.

Sometimes I add a water source for succulent stems- even if I don't have to. And sometimes I don't even if it looks like I do. It's a bit of a longer conversation as to how I decide. It boils down to one of my foundation "rules" as a designer... and it is something I find endlessly interesting and often inspires my entire design. I explain in more detail in this week's newsletter. If you are not yet subscribed you can sign up below and join the conversation.

Loop the vine to create the outline of the petal

... like this... up and through and then loop it...

So that the vine rest between the two petals

So that the vine rest between the two petals... with the vine tip draping naturally over the flower.

Add in the third vine

Add in the third vine...

Bring it up through the petals

Bring it up through the petals...

Loop it around the draw the outline of the third missing petal

Loop it around the draw the outline of the third missing petal and let the vine rest on the flower.

Wind another long vine from the lily stem end up the stem and to the base of the flower

Wind another long vine from the lily stem end up the stem and to the base of the flower to secure all the petal vines at the back of the design.

Bring the vine back to the front and drape it around the flower

Bring the vine back to the front and drape it around the flower...

To finish the design

... to finish the design.

Lastly I added double crystal beads to mimic the stamen shape

Lastly I added double crystal beads to mimic the stamen shape.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how I add the crystals so that the delicate flowers won't be damaged.

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Tutorials

2 January 2011 Lilies

How to keep Lilies in bud for longer. Removing the pollen. Stringing a Lily Garland.

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.

1 April 2015 Keeping pollen tidy

Most of the time I would gently tug the pollen covered stamens away the moment it becomes yellow and messy. But the Gloriosa looks rather pretty with the stamens on, so I fix it...

9 September 2020 Weave a daffodil corona inspired sweater for a lily

Knit a corona (as in that inside skirt like part of a daffodil) by weaving a Ceropegia woodii vine around the stamen filament of a lily.

14 August 2019 Long lasting Lily and lily grass ball

Keep all the fresh flower material hydrated in water by weaving the stems from one side of the vase to the other.

10 January 2018 Long lasting flower wand

Create a long lasting wand with Kalachoe.

8 May 2019 Fill a trumpet shaped flower cup with... more flowers!

A hidden water source small enough to fit into a dainty flower.

31 January 2018 Rock Rest for a heavy Protea Flower Head

Create a contrasting base to lift the heavy flower-head to design in

23 May 2018 Trailing Ceropegia woodii vines from a Heliconia flower

Set the rosary vines into the natural cavity of the flower head.

22 November 2017 Acorn fork

Wire and glue a few acorns into the fork of a twig to create an Autumn armature

1 June 2016 Binding a lily bud

Binding the bud to let it open in an exaggerated trumpet shape

Favourite Flowers

Lilium

Lily

Ceropegia woodii

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

Related Designs

13 January 2021 It's in there

Complete the picture by drawing a lily flower with delicate vines.

9 September 2020 Daffodillily

Weave around the stamens of a lily to create a daffodil like inside.

14 August 2019 For a longer lasting Summer

A creative way to keep foliage hydrated for a cool, water filled summer design.

8 May 2019 It takes more than one person to invent a trumpet!

Filling a trumpet flower cup... with more flowers!

19 September 2018 Before I show you my book- let me show you my book

… and why we call this the special craftsmanship edition

31 January 2018 Rock, don't Roll

Balance the heavy Protea flower head to lean against a rock.

23 May 2018 In Summer!

A contemporary cascade of rosary vine and dried petals.

22 November 2017 How do squirrels Cache a tree?

Hoard a few acorns in the fork of a twig to show off a single oncidium orchid.

1 June 2016 The ties that Bind

Bind a lily to create a trumpet shape as it opens

13 March 2013 Than you have to

Weave blades of grass to create a cover for a glass vase

2 August 2017 Grace

Use snips and snippets and leftovers to create a design of it's own