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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Somewhere in the Middle

  Somewhere in the Middle floral art design

Almost central

 Oncidium orchids

at the core of

Oncidium orchids in a rolled leaf

somewhere between halfway

Oncidium orchids in a skewered rolled leaf

and midway

Oncidium orchid flowers and buds

is the innermost part

Skewer Dracaena leaves into a roll that supports a tiny water source for the Oncidium orchids

close to the heart

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Tutorials

28 June 2017 Skewer leaf rolls to support a tiny water source for fresh flowers

Hide the water source in a rolled leaf

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

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

16 August 2011 Cut spiked flower stems and foliage into short sections

Orchids grow in long flower spikes. It is great to use the entire stem but sometimes you need shorter section. There is a trick to cutting the stems without leaving a visible...

11 November 2012 Autumn Leaf Rosette

Great way to use all the autumn leaves you collect on walks during the season. Slowly build up the leaf rosette and let the leaves dry before adding a few more.

23 March 2013 Rolling leaf tubes

Roll foliage to create tubes

11 November 2015 Balancing the curved stems of dried Autumn leaf tubes

Long stemmed autumn leave tubes as a floral armature

14 October 2015 Roll hundreds (yes! hundreds) of autumn leaves so create a natural, upright flower frog

Rolled leaves offer support for floral stems

10 August 2016 Bamboo frog for a shallow container design

Cut short bamboo lengths to keep your flower material upright in a shallow and narrow container

6 September 2011 Autumn leaf Roses

I used to make baskets full of these when I was a little girl. We had a big Acasia thorn tree and I used to spear my “roses” onto the tree pretending I was the fairy responsible...

Favourite Flowers

Oncidium

Dancing lady

Related Designs

28 March 2018 Walking on eggshells

Fill eggshells with moss to create an upright container... with a surprising balancing trick.

27 June 2018 Look deep

Curl foliage to use as a natural armature for delicate buds.

10 October 2018 From A... for Acer to Z… for Zantedeschia

This week we look at the design featured in the Flower Guide Chapter at the very end of my book

24 October 2018 It all stacks up

Quick and easy: Stack autumn leaves onto a wire for a... tiny table top Christmas tree.

12 April 2011 Intimate Dinner For Two- Table Setting Competition Class

Floral Sushi Dinner, for two

11 November 2012 Leaves by Hundreds came

A rosette of fall leaves to celebrate the beauty of autumn

23 March 2013 Today I'll be

Silhouette design using glasses filled with water

14 October 2015 What a find!

Roll autumn leaves to create a frog to keep flowers upright

11 November 2015 Balancing Act

Bend dried fall leaves to balance on the edge of a glass container

10 August 2016 Saved up

Cut lengths of bamboo to place in a shallow container as a flower frog

1 April 2015 The Space Between

Traditional Hana-Kubari flower mechanic

22 April 2015 Toiling

Convert a dowel stick into a container for delicate flower stems

20 May 2015 Up on

Tie a bundle of grass as a floral mechanic

12 August 2015 Catch of the Day

Weave a loose basket to display a single flower... or three

1 April 2011 A Floral Art Demonstration by Floral Trends Design Group

A Floral Art Demonstration by Floral Trends Design Group with music, narration and pictorial presentation.