My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Just A Bit

Just a Bit floral art design

You start with just doing that first bit,

Summer design

… and then a bit

Snippets of grass

… and a bit,

Grass bits and dew drop crystals

… and a bit,

Snip and glue blades of grass to create a net

And a bit more...

Pansies and bamboo

… and then a bit

Sheltering grass net

… and a bit

Grass net

… and a bit

Keep the flowers in place with bamboo

And before you know it you have a whole lot of done bits.

Every week I add a new design with related tutorials. Be sure to subscribe to receive an email notification with design inspiration.

Tutorials

5 July 2017 Bits of snipped grass glued to create a net

Glue a fragile sheltering net to soften the look of a summer 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.

26 April 2017 Hana-Kubari twig

Slip a twig over the side of a container to keep an elegant flower stem upright

18 January 2017 T-connect twigs to shadow a design

Split a twig to create a t connection to hover a twig over the design

20 April 2016 Free standing Willow twig armature with a hidden water source

Cut a few willow twigs to split to create legs for the armature

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,...

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

Split bamboo stems to create a water source for dancing orchids

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.

28 May 2014 Bamboo panel

Create a panel for the flowers to hang on

28 May 2014 Bamboo scaffold armature

Latch a few bamboo pieces together to create a scaffold for the flowers to hang from

10 August 2016 Bamboo frog for a shallow container design

Cut short bamboo lengths to keep your flower material upright in a shallow and narrow container

14 June 2017 Hanging Bamboo Lantern

This is a perfect do-ahead-of-time hanging design for a summer wedding. Craft one or three or a whole lot of the lanterns and add some orchids at the last moment to finish the...

Related Designs

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.

16 January 2019 Every. Single. Week.

Stand tulips upright in a shallow container with a suspended twig armature.

27 March 2019 Like trying to find a water tube in a eggshell stack

A fun Spring and Easter design with stacked eggshells.

26 April 2017 In no time at all

Hana-Kubari twig armature

20 April 2016 That Will Be

Freestanding willow twig armature design

2 September 2015 Happy Dance

Split a few bamboo sections to create a happy water source for miniature orchids

1 April 2015 The Space Between

Traditional Hana-Kubari flower mechanic

12 April 2011 Intimate Dinner For Two- Table Setting Competition Class

Floral Sushi Dinner, for two

10 August 2016 Saved up

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

28 May 2014 Be Silent And Listen

Lash a few bamboo pieces together to create a scaffold armature

14 June 2017 Things are looking up!

My article and Bamboo Lantern design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine