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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Adding folded grass "jitters" to a Sunflower

I use both explicit and subtle contrast in this design to exaggerate the tension. Both the Phalaenopsis orchid and the sunflower flower heads are rounded to contrast with the severe zig-zag folds in the grass. But if you look closely you will also notice the tendrils add a curl to the collar and there are three curved blades of grass that ties the look together.

Pick the petals from a large sunflower

Pick the petals from a large sunflower.

Place the sunflower in a bud vase

Place the sunflower in a bud vase.

Glue in a fine collar of tendrils to the flower head

Glue in a fine collar of tendrils to the flower head.

Glue the tendrils so that it radiates out all the way around the flower head

Glue the tendrils so that it radiates out all the way around the flower head.

Fold a blade of grass

Fold a blade of grass... take care not to break the grass.

If you want more detailed instructions on bending grass like this there's quite a few variations of this look in my book.

Move down the blade and fold it

Move down the blade and zig-zag or concertina fold it.

When you release the fold it should still be attached but keep it's shape

The trick is to, when you release the fold, it should still be attached but keep it's new shape.

Add tiny blobs of glue to the grass ends and insert it around the outside edge of the sunflower

Add tiny dots of glue to the grass ends and insert it around the outside edge of the sunflower.

Create a collar that radiates out all around the flower

Create a collar that radiates out all around the flower.

Overlap the grass to break the neat star pattern

Overlap the grass to break the neat (but pretty!) star pattern.

Place the orchid in a drinking straw water tube

Place the orchid in a drinking straw water tube to keep it hydrated.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how I make water tubes from drinking straws.

Glue the tubes to the sunflower

Glue the tubes to the sunflower.

Fold smaller grass jitters

Fold a few smaller grass jitters- just to really make the sunflower look nervous.

Keep the end pieces straight so that it extends above the flowers

Keep the end pieces straight so that it extends over the flowers.

Let the blades of grass drape over the design

Let the blades of grass drape over the design. Again give the angled grass pieces a slight curve by following the contour of the sunflower-head.

Add a few crystals to the curved grass to attract attention to the Phalaenopsis orchids.

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Tutorials

13 August 2014 Sunflower Disk Floret

Gently pull the petals ( Ray floret) from the seeded part of the sunflower

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

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

30 August 2011 Removing Oasis Floral Adhesive glue spills

The finish of every design should be flawless. Make sure there are no bits of glue visible in your design by carefully removing all traces of spills.

27 July 2016 Leaning Sunflowers to stay just so

The trick to any freestanding design is to get your first three stems standing stable and secure in the water. Once you have that you can build the design around it.

30 April 2014 Scattered grass armature

An grass armature that looks scattered but is actually very secure

31 January 2018 Rock Rest for a heavy Protea Flower Head

Create a contrasting base to lift the heavy flower-head to design in

3 January 2011 Syringe with tube

Easy way to fill test tubes and easiest way to remove water from a vase

Favourite Flowers

Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid

Related Designs

31 July 2019 Jitters!

Zig-zag grass details add a bit of tension to the design

13 August 2014 A leg to stand on

Create a upright design by supporting the flowering stems

5 April 2011 Floral Carpet

Durbanville Flower Club: Nature's Treasures, A Floral Art Exhibition at D'Ville Shopping Center Durbanville, Western Cape, South Africa

27 July 2016 Too Hot!

Leaning floral stems to stand on their own in a shallow container

3 July 2012 Twig-a-tude

Stack and wire twigs to create a twig mushroom with attitude for summer

8 May 2019 It takes more than one person to invent a trumpet!

Filling a trumpet flower cup... with more flowers!

30 August 2017 If

Place a water tube at an angle in lumber so that the Zantedeschia float just above the base to show off the delicate grass snippets scattered up the stem

30 April 2014 Scattered

Scatter some dried grass to make a floral armature

23 May 2018 In Summer!

A contemporary cascade of rosary vine and dried petals.

31 January 2018 Rock, don't Roll

Balance the heavy Protea flower head to lean against a rock.