My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Suspending and positioning a Phalaenopsis orchid under water

Flowers naturally float and you will need some kind of sinker to keep them suspended under water. I like to use the tiny corsage magnets. They are heavy for their size and round- so they will not damage the flowers or plant material that I want to sink. If possible I simply tuck the magnet into the flower heads (works particularly well with calla lilies or tulips) but for this design I actually used the magnet to position the orchid exactly where I wanted it.

Glue the magnet to the orchid

Cut the stem from the flower to create a flat surface. Glue the heavy side of a corsage magnet to the orchid with Oasis Floral Adhesive.

Move the flower with the magnet

Slide the orchid into the water filled vase. Position the other part of the magnet at the outside of the vase. Position the flower by moving the magnet in the exact position you want it.

Positioning a flower under water using a magnet.

You can use this method to suspend any flower under water.

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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.




Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid