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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Happy Dance

Happy Dance floral art desigh

It starts with a little wiggle… and then a Wiggle!!! Wiggle!!!

Phalaenopsis orchids and bamboo

soon there’s a whirl and a twirl and a bop of the head

Phalaenopsis orchids on bamboo stilts

a skip and a spin and before you know it arms are flailing wildly

Miniature Moth Orchids

a leap, a sway and a hop and both feet stomping

Weave a vine around the bamboo

… and if you really are doing a happy dance surely there's “woooohoooo!” in there just for fun

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Tutorials

2 September 2015 Hana-Kubari Bamboo Stilts with a Hidden Water Source

Split bamboo stems to create a water source for dancing orchids

8 June 2011 Foliage Weaving

For this tutorial I focus on a simple weave pattern that does not require you to soften or prepare the leaves to be more durable or flexible. This is the starting point in...

19 October 2011 Hana-Kubari chopsticks

Splitting the chopsticks or a wooden branch, such as a willow twig creates a natural (and glue-less!) clamp.

1 April 2015 Hana-kubari Bamboo

Hana-Kubari is an Ikebana flower mechanic. Only natural materials such as pebbles, sticks and branches can be seen to support the flowers. Traditionally no twine or wire, nails,...

28 May 2014 Bamboo panel

Create a panel for the flowers to hang on

16 August 2011 Fast way to fill a lot of test tubes in awkward places

I do not believe in arranging flowers without a water source of some kind. I want my flowers to remain as beautiful for as long as possible and I often get quite creative to...

5 September 2012 Driftwood on Stilts

Give a piece of driftwood legs to stand on

10 July 2012 Stabilizing sticks for dried or fresh flowers

Create a full design without the weight by stabilizing the flowers with glued sticks. This is a great alternative to floral foam.

3 January 2011 Syringe with tube

Easy way to fill test tubes and easiest way to remove water from a vase

Related Designs

10 August 2016 Saved up

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

18 January 2017 Look at you!

Tie twigs to shape a hanging armature

5 July 2017 Just A Bit

Glue a bit of grass snippets to suspend over the design

3 January 2018 Happy Coincidence!

Some designs really do just make themselves. I received this tiny vase for Christmas from Marius (thank you, Marius!) and while cleaning out my design room I found this little...

9 May 2018 What is the meaning of this?

Create a minimal design with a few leaves to keep is all upright.

14 November 2018 For just this moment… let’s take a break

Simplicity to showcase the perfection of the Lisianthus buds

1 April 2015 The Space Between

Traditional Hana-Kubari flower mechanic

25 September 2013 All that glitters is gold

Phalaenopsis Orchid made from Autumn leaves

1 November 2011 On The Street Where You Live

A floral design snapshot of what it looks like when walking down the streets of Vancouver this week.

20 January 2011 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...

6 November 2013 This is the Fragrance of November

Weave a wreath to thread a dome for an Autumn leaf design