My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

What it’s all about

What it’s all about flower arrangement by Christine de Beer

You put your right stick in

Kalanchoe spring blossoms

You take your right stick out

Sustainable floral design with succulents and twigs

You put your right stick in

No foam centerpiece floral design with succulents and twigs

And you shake it all about

Reusable armature ideas for contemporary floral designers

You do the hokey pokey

No waste and no plastic floral styling for flower arrangers

And you turn yourself around

Fast and easy design ideas to create unusual and trendy floral designs

That's what it's all about

Hokey Pokey is a British folk participation dance, with variants attested as early as 1826

Long lasting succulent flower

Design Update: This is quite amazing. Notice that I shared this design on February the 5th... This update picture was taken on February 18... this is what it looks like now! Unbelievable right? I love designing with Kalanchoe. They look delicate but oh boy do they last! And all that without a water source.

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Tutorials

5 February 2020 Pour glue over a stick Bundle to craft a Poke Out Spring stick Armature

Fake an early Spring by crafting a long lasting stick bundle that has a blossoming branch of succulent flowers.

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

28 December 2016 Adding snow to twigs

Glue artificial snow to twigs

27 April 2016 Hiding a secret water source in a twig frog

New growth is really difficult to design with and definitely needs to be conditioned and placed in a water source

22 May 2012 Spiral twig frog

Multiple tiny twigs create a flower frog to keep the delicate buds and leaves in the exact spot you want.

21 February 2018 Stem line-up

Line up stems to create a base for the heavy Hanging Heliconia stems

26 November 2014 Sticks stuck in a ground covered foundation

Glue potting soil to polystyrene to create a natural looking armature

18 June 2014 Sticking a stick curve to create a hollowed out crescent armature

An easy way to create a neat curve in a very short time

2 October 2013 Spiny Twig Porcupine Armature

Glue a few twigs to display Autumn flowers and foliage on

30 January 2013 Funnel shaped pick-up-sticks armature

By making a very secure armature, it is possible to stack and suspend loose twigs on top of it building on the stable foundation

Favourite Flowers

Kalanchoe

Christmas Kalanchoe, Kalanchöe or Kalanchoë

Related Designs

27 April 2016 Sprout

A sneaky way to condition new growth to add into your Spring design

22 May 2012 Lean

Place short twigs, leaning to one side to create a flower frog

21 February 2018 Impossible things

A cut stem flower frog for the heavy Hanging Heliconia flowers

26 November 2014 Late Autumn Early Christmas.

Glue a ground foundation for a late autumn design

18 June 2014 Stuck stick

Glue a few sticks to create a hollowed out crescent armature

2 October 2013 Prickly

Build a twig porcupine armature for fall flowers

30 January 2013 It's High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with wire techniques

This was my last two designs for my It's High Time for Tea Floral Craft and Art Demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging Club meeting