My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Autumn Screen

Place a delicate twig on a flat working surface

Place a delicate twig on a flat working surface

Glue twigs.

Glue in twigs to create a flat panel. I find it best to glue each twig at at least three places to make sure it is strong enough to suspend.

Hang the screen with fishing line

Hang the screen with fishing line.

Dried leaves

To continue the flat panel I used pressed leaves so that only the fresh flowers add depth to the design. I press my leaves in an old telephone book.

Glue the leaves to the screen with a tiny drop of hot glue

Glue the leaves to the screen with a tiny drop of hot glue

Glue in a few tiny water tubes for the orchids

Glue in a few tiny water tubes for the orchids

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

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Tutorials

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

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

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

30 May 2012 Drying Hydrangeas: Fast, Flat or Natural

Use all three methods to dry hydrangeas to get three very different textures to use in design work.

26 April 2011 Weave a willow twig blind

Weave twigs in parallel to create a twig blind with strong but natural horizontal lines.

18 January 2017 Chain-link string and twig armature

By removing every other twig you open up space for larger flowers to nestle in

28 May 2014 Bamboo panel

Create a panel for the flowers to hang on

6 September 2011 Twig collar

Create a light and transparent collar-base for the large composite flower to nestle into.

8 June 2016 Popsicle Stick Square Armature

Glue Popsicle sticks to create a double layered, upright armature

9 December 2015 Scalable twig and Phalaenopsis orchid winterscape panel

This design can easily scale up or down by using larger or smaller pieces of wood to create a larger wall panel or make a few of these panels to stack as tiles to create a more...

24 July 2012 Blow away hot glue strands

When you glue a structure with hot glue there are always a few stray strands of glue stuck all over the design. Blow it away with a hairdryer.

8 July 2015 Using a pin to place tiny dew drop crystals

It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.

9 September 2015 Layered sisal and twig armature

small sisal fibers create a mat like armature

29 July 2015 Disk Twig Armature

Glue a few wigs to follow the shape of a glass bowl to create a disk armature

25 March 2015 Jiyek Braiding a Pussy Willow Twig Blind

A design inspired by traditional Jiyek braiding techniques

23 July 2014 Twig Chain Garlands

Knot stems into decorative swinging chains

14 August 2013 Haphazard twig Rectangle

Glue a few twigs into a rectangular shape to hang as a space or room devider

8 August 2012 Stringing wool and Spanish moss

Create veil of wool and Spanish moss

Related Designs

29 November 2017 Marcescent

Glue a delicate autumn room devider

2 May 2018 Over the rainbow

Craft a radiating design that suspends from the orchid stems

17 July 2019 … and... a bit more... effort… to make it special

Instead of just placing a handful of twigs and two stems of sweet peas in a vase... why not...?

18 September 2019 It’s a sugar rush!

A perfectly imperfect wild willow wreath to display the first Autumn treasures of the year.

25 April 2011 Drinking straws become flower test tubes

Design 2: Up-cycle drinking straws to make tiny test tubes to hold the orchids on my willow twig blind.

18 January 2017 Look at you!

Tie twigs to shape a hanging armature

28 May 2014 Be Silent And Listen

Lash a few bamboo pieces together to create a scaffold armature

6 September 2011 When Autumn Fall

Autumn leaf composite flower

8 June 2016 When the wind whisper

Glue a fantasy forest from Popsicle sticks, grape vine tendrils and willow tips

9 December 2015 On a Grand Scale

My article and a floral panel design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

9 September 2015 Fall Treasures

A sisal mat armature for fall twigs flowers and leaves

29 July 2015 Beautiful Things

Glue a few twigs into a disk armature

25 March 2015 Pulling some Strings

Braid a twig blind armature

23 July 2014 Chain of Thought

Knot small stems into decorative chain garlands

14 August 2013 Something Like This

Stack and glue a large twig rectangle to hang as room divider

8 August 2012 Stringing in the rain

A veil of green wool, Spanish moss and dried hydrangeas hang over white lilies

13 October 2011 Direct Contrasts

I have always been fascinated, as a designer, by the idea that there is a point when extremes or direct contrasts flip into its opposite.