My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Just not Flowers!

My article and woven ring-box design featured in the in the summer issue of
DIY Weddings Magazine

There is something reassuring about having natural elements around you at your wedding. We assume weddings to be a flower filled occasion but sometimes, whether due to allergy, personal preference or even location restrictions, you might need to break from tradition and opt for flowerless designs. It is however still possible to bring nature into your wedding with greenery, without adding flowers.

Just not flowers floral art design

The best way to design with non-floral alternatives is to be deliberate. Do not treat the non-floral design elements as mere substitutes for the flowers but rather make it a design feature.

Fruit, vegetables, air plants and succulents are excellent alternatives to pollen rich and fragrant blossoms.

Woven ring box design

So are blades of grass, twigs and vines that can be woven into baskets, boxes and dramatic decorative shapes.

Weave a cube from foliage

In my design, I wove a ring box from blades of grass.

Once you know how to weave the basic balanced plain weave pattern, it can be adapted to create matching green woven hand baskets, vans and even woven corsages. Strips of woven leaves placed in glass containers make beautiful centerpieces and can be as elaborate or delicate as you choose.

Every couple wants their wedding to be unique. Beautifully styled non-floral design details are memorable and can be an exceptional style statement


Thank you DIY Weddings Magazine for inviting me to be part of your Summer issue. It is filled with creative inspiration. Have a look at the on-line magazine.

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

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.




Flax, New Zealand flax

Ceropegia woodii

Rosary vine, Chain of Hearts, Collar of hearts and String of hearts