My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Take it for a Spin

Whirl-a-twig

Swirl-a-stick

Twirl-a-willow

Pivot-a-post

Twist-a-stalk

Curl-a-wand

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Tutorials

2 April 2014 Turning the sellotape over the vase trick up-side-down for a sticky side out frog

Tape a grid over a vase to keep the floral details in place

2 July 2014 Clearly invisible taped Grid

This is the easiest way to keep flower in place

10 July 2013 Wrap a line grid to support plant material in a shallow, stemmed container

Fishing line creates an invisible grid over a shallow glass cake stand to support the plant material

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...

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

25 February 2015 Balancing a Twirled Willow Armature

Twirl twigs to create a balanced nest to display the beautiful orchids on

Favourite Flowers

Salix matsudana "Tortuosa"

Curly Willow, Chinese Willow, Tortured Willow, Globe Willow, Dragon's Claw, Hankow Willow

Related Designs

1 February 2017 Not yet Spring, Spring but a spring

Coil wire and grass to create a spring

7 June 2017 Dream, Job

Create a grid to rest some plant material so that it floats and some with their stems to rest in the water below

12 July 2017 Sparkler

A radiating twig design

13 September 2017 Around again

Tape a grid at the edge of a container

14 March 2018 Old, new trends

My article and willow birdcage design for wedding rings featured in DIY Weddings Magazine.

1 May 2019 Can you see the tiny hint of Sunshine on the tips of the grass?

I left the grass to mature so that the tips mirror the sun bleached yellow of the orchids.

17 December 2014 Star of Wonder

Glue pine needles into star shapes

15 July 2015 So Fine

Use transparencies to create floating devices for the flower material

2 April 2014 Apricity

Turning a stand-by floral technique sticky side out

16 April 2014 Never saw such a lovely day...

Weave a palm thorn garland to decorate for Easter

20 August 2014 Summer

A quick and easy design for summer

8 October 2012 Growing Gratitude

Thank you.

10 July 2013 Pink

Weave an invisible grid to float the plant material on