My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Protea Composite

This design was part of my 2010 Fusion Flowers Magazine Designer of the year competition portfolio

This is the kind of thing I used to do as a child. I would spend every possible moment in the garden playing with flowers. I loved weaving and creating a magical world.

Protea Composite made out of 9 Protea flowers

Protea Composite flower with Palm Butterflies is a Bridal Orb Bouquet, to be carried in the hand like a ball.

Protea orb.

To create this huge Protea I took apart nine Protea flower heads and glued the tepals and bracts back on to a polystyrene ball to create a large Protea composite flower that is similar in shape to an African clay vase used in wedding ceremonies.

As a romantic accent I made two palm leaf butterflies with Protea bract wings to cuddle on top of the flower.

Palm Butterflies cuddling on a composite flower made from Protea flowers

Palm Butterfly on top of the design


To get an idea of the size- look carefully at the center where the Butterflies are: this is one full size Protea flower!

Protea Composite

Protea Composite

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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.




Protea (but each variety also has a common name)