My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Lei-way

Floral art design by Christine de Beer lei way

What a

Craft an eucalyptus lei to create a table top wreath

huge difference

Easy and time saving floral design ideas

a tiny

Sustainable and environmentally friendly flower arranging tutorials

difference

Make ahead floral design ideas for contemporary arrangers

can make!

This week I needed a bit of a break… and thought I would show you exactly how versatile a well made armature can be. Just a quick swap out and you have a whole new design!
Book readers turn to page: 330 for the original version of this design… that time with gorgeous deep blue delphiniums… and page 209 for my twig-trick for threading the leaves.

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Tutorials

17 June 2020 Reusable Table Top Lei Armature

An easy to do, budget friendly, craft ahead- use many times floral armature.

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.

13 September 2017 Tape a grid around the edges of a container for a table top wreath

Suspend flowers with an almost invisible taped grid

4 December 2019 Eucalyptus collar for a snow-covered Christmas candle

Not only will your home smell wonderful while crafting this design you will also have a ethereal and long lasting design to enjoy.

11 July 2018 Glued Hydrangea Float

Glue a delicate hydrangea wreath to float on water

22 September 2012 Stiffen and set skeletonized leaves into a whirl

Skeletonized leaves can be shaped while wet to create shapes

19 December 2018 Sparkling Eucalyptus Tabletop Christmas tree

Craft an ethereal Christmas tree from Eucalyptus leaves, twigs and sparkling snow flake crystals.

17 July 2019 Twig Dome Armature

Crafted from a hand full of twigs to give you a large design... even though you add only two stems of sweet peas.

9 October 2019 Quarter fold and Thread an Autumn leaf tube armature

This armature is actually made of four times as many leaves as what it looks like to create a hinge to fan the entire leaf-tube open yet keep it's shape.

18 December 2019 Here it is: the quickest, easiest Christmas wreath… ever!

My work is usually so labour intensive... this one came as a wonderful surprise... it really is both quick and easy to craft this wreath!

30 October 2013 Spiked Autumn leaf cauldron

Pike a few (hundred!) autumn leaves to build up a hollow leaf armature

Favourite Flowers

Tillandsia Usneoides

Spanish moss, Florida moss, long moss, or graybeard

Related Designs

13 September 2017 Around again

Tape a grid at the edge of a container

4 December 2019 A Very Merry eucalyptus-collar-candle Christmas!

An easy and naturally fragrant winter white candle decoration to bring nature into your house this Christmas.

11 July 2018 Stay-a-Float

Snip florets from a hydrangea mop head to float on water

22 September 2012 Turning of the leaves

An Autumn Equinox design that captures the moment before the spectacular colour burst of autumn floats around again

19 December 2018 Oh Florist-tree

Craft an Eucalyptus Christmas tree

17 July 2019 … and... a bit more... effort… to make it special

Instead of just placing a handful of twigs and two stems of sweet peas in a vase... why not...?

9 October 2019 With a thankful twist in the middle

Fold and thread an autumn leaf armature for a thankful Thanksgiving design

18 December 2019 A Happy, Merry, Jolly (easy as that!) Eucalyptus Christmas wreath

Now this is quite a discovery! And it honestly is the easiest and quickest way to go from "I still want to decorate for Christmas" to "... aaand I am done, I made our wreath"

30 October 2013 As the leaves melt away

Spike a few hundred fall leaves to create a cauldron for Halloween flowers