My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

On a Grand Scale

My article and floral panel design featured in
DIY Weddings Magazine

This Winter season we celebrate the 5th anniversary and 22nd issue of DIY Weddings Magazine. We will do so in grand style, adding tradition with a modern touch. The traditional gift for a 5th anniversary is wood which we will incorporate into a contemporary flower-wall, this year’s grandest floral design trend for weddings.

On a Grand Scale floral art design

Covering a wall with fresh flowers can strain the DIY bride’s budget to the limit (and beyond,) and tax other resources like time and labour. Especially considering the intense nature of these designs.

Fortunately, an affordable and practical flower-wall is possible with careful design and planning. A winter wedding is ideal for the DIY bride with her heart set on a creating a flower-wall.

A winterscape flower-wall is luxurious and best of all, can be prepared weeks ahead of time. Make a twig armature panel whenever you have time. The more panels, the larger the flower-wall, but even just a few panels will be striking. The tiny vials can be filled with water and flowers added the day before the wedding, ready for easy transport.

Phalaenopsis orchid wall panel

As with any floral design your main concern should be ensuring your flowers remain beautifully fresh for as long as possible. This too is easy by following these guidelines:

Twig and orchid wall panel

* Purchase good quality flowers from the best supplier. The local florist can be a valuable resource for a DIY bride. Florists knows what to look for when purchasing flowers and will expertly condition the flowers for you or show you how to do it yourself, even when they are not doing the actual arranging.

* Take care during transport. Keep flowers well hydrated by transporting them in buckets with water. Avoid exposure to the exhaust fumes of your vehicle and try not to transport the flowers in an overly heated car. Give the flowers space to prevent damaged before you even start designing.

* Once home, use a sharp knife or scissors to cut each stem at an angle to expose more of the stem to water so that they can properly hydrate. Add a bit of flower food to the water.

Phalaenopsis orchid

* Place the flowers in a cool position out of direct sunlight. Do a little research on how to keep the flowers of your choice looking as fresh as possible for your big day. Remember that regular fridges and floral fridges are not the same, so never place your flowers in your home fridge.

* Always include a water source in your designs. Your extra effort will be rewarded with longer lasting and better looking flowers. Floral foam or tiny containers / vials will keep your flowers from looking sad half way through your wedding day.

Winterscape wall panel

* As far as possible, place your designs shielded from direct sunlight, a draft or heat source, place it securely, especially when hanging a flower-wall.

Flower wall

With just a little bit of preparation and planning, you can create a flower wall as minimal or as elaborate as your resources allow.

DIY Wedding Magazine article On a Grand Scale

Thank you DIY Weddings Magazine for inviting me to contribute.

DIY Wedding Magazine 5th anniversary issue

DIY Wedding Magazine 5th anniversary issue

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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.




Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid