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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Magical Craftsmanship

My article and Bridal Basket design featured in
DIY Weddings Magazine

It is inconceivable to celebrate life’s occasions without at least a few natural elements. When daydreaming of your wedding you will most definitely dream of adding a twig, a leaf and a flower… or two. Floral designers take those natural elements and transform them into something extraordinary. A few skillfully woven twigs become a rustic Christmas wreath. A few skillfully arranged sprigs of mistletoe become a kissing ball.

Magical Craftsmanship floral art design

With some guidance and know how a DIY bride can also learn how to skillfully craft the natural design elements she dreams of.

Bridal Basket floral design

That magical something professional floral designers add to their designs, is what sets them apart and makes them professionals. It is found in the skills they learn and develop. It is the effort professional designers put into their work. That extra something. That attention to detail. It is what we call floral craftsmanship.

Your first guiding principle in learning the magic of floral craftsmanship is: If you can see how it was done, you are probably doing it wrong. You aim to achieve the well groomed look you want without exposing the techniques used. For instance: wires, glue and staples should be hidden to the onlooker.

Here are a few more hints from my book the effortless floral craftsman, a floral crafter’s guide to crafting with nature , to get you inspired to add that professional touch of floral magic to your wedding floral designs:

Bridal basket flower arrangement.

Be ruthless and use only the best:

Apply this thinking to your tools, techniques, and the plant material you choose. If you are on a tight budget, use fewer of the best quality flowers. With “the best” I mean whatever suits your specific needs best. That means both well made, and made well from perfectly conditioned, blemish free plant material at their peak. Even if you are going for a more natural look. Great quality really makes a difference.

Tulle lined flower girl basket DIY

Spend extra time getting your mechanics right:

Many designers offer workshops or will be willing to show you how to design some of your wedding elements when you order your flowers from them- and I really suggest that you do order flowers from a professional supplier that can support you. Your wedding flowers should be technically perfect. You do not need additional stress of trying to save a wilting bouquet that is falling apart on your way down the aisle. Stable and strong foundations will make your job much easier.

Make your own bridal basket

Add your own brand of magic:

You have unique talents and abilities, in my book I talk about how we develop our own effortless style. This is how you add your own brand of magic to your work. Your creativity, your original way of interpreting your wedding vision and your preference in design materials will make the design sparkle.

How to weave a wedding basket

A little bit of magic goes a long way:

Enough is enough. I know it is fun designing for your wedding but one great idea, perfectly executed really is enough. A touch of sparkle, ribbon or accessory is enough. Take the advice of Coco Chanel about dressing with accessories: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” The same goes with a floral design. Let the flowers speak, never the accessories. Too many details become cluttered and confusing.

Wedding flowers

Really magical floral designs, designs that are memorable, stir emotions, leaves you breathless, always has that magical something. That something that makes the onlooker wonder just how exactly you managed to do that.

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Tutorials

9 January 2019 Winter white Tulle bridal basket

Craft a delicate bridal basket from twigs and tulle.

21 March 2018 Craft a Spring basket from a wreath

A wide gap nearly basket for nearly spring

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.

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

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

1 November 2011 Weaving a twig wreath

For my design I wanted the wreath to look wind blown so I added a few loosely woven twigs into the weave. I also wanted to emphasize the autumn colours so I added a twirling...

18 April 2018 Clematis Vine Swing

Weave a delicate nest for a small spring design.

19 February 2013 Manipulating stems: Snapping at an angle, Bending, Spiraling, Curling and Straightening

Most stems, twigs and even sturdier branches can be bend into shapes. It takes practice and more than a bit of patience. The main idea is to slowly manipulate the branch without...

29 May 2013 Tiny Rattan Basket

Weave a thin and delicate rattan basket

25 January 2012 Weaving Willow spheres

I build up the spheres by weaving willow wreaths and then use those to shape the ball

4 September 2013 Weave a heart shaped basket

An easy to assemble open weave basket

14 August 2012 Midelino cane coil basket

Weave a hand basket from Midelino cane coils

30 October 2012 Midelino Harvest Moon Basket

This is a great flat and open basket to take outside when “harvesting” your fall leaves, pods and flowers. Who knows, you might even find a ghost pumpkin or three…

1 February 2012 Weaving a diagonal green grass basket

Once you figure out how to do the corners weaving a diagonal shape is actually not that hard to do.

Favourite Flowers

Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid

Ceropegia woodii

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

Related Designs

18 April 2018 Swing Vine

Weave a delicate vine swing to nestle a small vase with spring flowers in

21 March 2018 Bring some Spring

Just like the weather is only hinting at spring, so is this design only hinting at being a basket

4 December 2013 Red, Redder, Reddest!

My article and flower girl net basket design featured in the Red!issue of <strong>DIY Weddings Magazine</strong>

29 May 2013 The day came

Weave a tiny rattan basket

6 November 2013 This is the Fragrance of November

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