My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Use the pull tab of a can to keep your floral details in place

Bend over the lid of an anchovies can and fold the pull tab in into the opening

Bend over the lid of an anchovies can and fold the pull tab in into the opening

Make sure the cans won't leave any rust marks.

Book readers turn to page 142 of my book where we discuss using metal containers and how they react to flower food. For more information about my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman
But to get you started I have also included a Tutorial to make sure you do not damage your display surface when designing with cans that might rust.

The pull tab should be horizontal with the inside of the can

Design tip: bend the lid using a dowel as a guide so that you have neat curves then turn the tab to face towards the opening and adjust it to stand parallel with the bottom of the can.

Fill the cans with water

Fill the cans with water.

Arrange the cans on a display container

Arrange the cans on a display container. You can mix it up... like I did in the pictures above by facing the one can the other way. Or tone it down like I ended up doing for my design here. Do whatever suits your design style.

I placed my cans to face the same direction because I wanted to minimize the visual distraction. The more you try to add to something the more it looks like you are trying to camouflage it. I tell you more about this in this weeks tip email. If you are not yet signed up for my early Wednesday morning (Vancouver time) email that I send out the moment the new design is ready for you to view. You can sign up below the post. This is also a great way for us to keep in touch. If you have questions or a comment... or want to tell me about your effortless style formula reply to the email. Or say hi... I love hearing from you!

Slip in the heavier flower stems through the hole in the pull tab

Slip in the heavier flower stems through the hole in the pull tab to stand firmly on the bottom of the can.

Add in the grasses

Add in the grasses...

And finish the design with a few calla foliage

And finish the design with a few calla foliage...

And add a few dew drop crystals

And add a few dew drop crystals.

To see how I add the crystals so that I do not damage my delicate floral details see the Tutorial below.

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13 August 2014 Standing flowering stems in shallow puddles

Making a truss out of sunflower stems for a free standing design

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.

30 August 2011 Curving Calla Lilies

Follow the flower's natural curve but you can also curve only sections to create an elegant crescent or a curve at the tip of the stem

30 August 2017 Standing a water tube at an angle in lumber

Create a minimal design by placing a single flower on a platform

15 March 2017 Wedding welcome and direction sign

Hang a twig and wood mobile at your weeding as a direction board

16 May 2018 Adjusting the curve in plant material

It is possible to curve or adjust a curve in plant material

5 September 2018 Wisteria Vine Wreath Armature

Create a barely there armature with sturdy end of season vines.

29 September 2021 Over the edge flower, floral support

Hook the calla lilies over the edge of a vase to create a support for your taller floral details.

24 August 2022 Balloon out grass to craft a framed armature

Carefully bubble out a tied bunch of grass to make a cavity to display gorgeous flowers.

15 January 2014 Seal cans to prevent rust rings

Metal cans will rust leaving a stain on surfaces.

23 October 2013 Hanging leaves from a Hazel twig top bar

Create a free moving autumn leaf screen

21 September 2022 Counterbalance elegantly leaning Calla lilies with dressed up Dried Autumn Details

Using those much treasured dried autumn details to bridge the gap between the bright green of summer and the brightness that is yet to come.

Favourite Flowers


Calla Lily, Arum Lily

Related Designs

16 August 2023 Canned right after harvest

Pull tab support for "canned" Calla lilies and bunny-tail grass.

30 August 2017 If

Place a water tube at an angle in lumber so that the Zantedeschia float just above the base to show off the delicate grass snippets scattered up the stem

30 July 2014 See you around

Weave a few spheres to create a simple design

14 October 2015 What a find!

Roll autumn leaves to create a frog to keep flowers upright

15 March 2017 Wedding Welcome

My article and wedding direction board design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

26 September 2018 Cover Story

The design for the cover of my book, the effortless floral craftsman, crafted from Fiddlehead Fern and Red Lipstick Hanging Heliconia.

16 May 2018 It goes like this...

Gently curve plant material.

5 September 2018 Wreath Vine Season!

Weave tiny wreaths on the stems of Wisteria vines

29 September 2021 Creative Direction

Hang the arum lilies from the edge of a container to support all the other floral details.

24 August 2022 Hot air balloon

A grass bubble to frame two of the most beautiful calla lilies.

12 March 2014 Petrichor

A minimalist design in a shallow tray

23 October 2013 Their work well done

String Autumn leaves to fall down in a design

21 September 2022 Balanced Attitude

Getting the balance just so... so that you lean into the first sights of Autumn.