My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

The last Vine Wreath

Every designer knows how to stretch their supplies. We use and re-use our dried plant material until our fellow designers feel like hiding it from us. I formed such an attachment to my vine wreaths. I made about 20 wreaths (from really large to tiny small) in 2007 out of grape vines from a wine farm nearby.

50th Anniversary of the South African Orchid Society at the Cape Town Convention Centre

The wreaths made its debut in my first big competition the 50th Anniversary of the South African Orchid Society at the Cape Town Convention Centre.

Detail of Veiled Sunshine design

I stacked the vine wreaths to shape a basket- small inside growing larger to the outside

FuFeeling Funky Competition Design.

I turned them upside down for a competition the year after entitled "Feeling Funky"

Mount Crumpit Christmas tree made from wreaths

And then even later that year- with the help of fake snow and chocolates it became our Christmas tree. Looks a bit like Mount Crumpit from Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch stole Christmas!

Intimate dinner for two

The larger wreaths returned, although cut open and twisted in my Floral Sushi "Intimate dinner for two" design last year. Helderberg Flower Club: Floral Fantasy

Sushi dinner detail

Little twigs cut from the vine wreath served as Chopsticks and sushi bits

Since then I had to cut a few up for twigs, gave a few as gifts and this is it…

Vine Flower Frog

My last vine wreath: A twig flower frog.

Keeping the stems of Lisianthus and Lilies neatly in place.

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.




Lisianthus, Texan Poppy, Texas Bluebell, Tulip Gentian, Prairie Gentian


Protea (but each variety also has a common name)


Cymbidium, Boat Orchid