My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Balance a cake stand lid on it’s side to create a leaning design

I am using a cake stand lid for my design

My glass cake stand broke... leaving me with this pretty but now mismatched lid. Of course you don't have to wait for your cake stand to break- any lid would do.

Set the lid on its side

Set the lid on its side.

You can float flowers in the water but for my design I am suspending it from twigs in a dramatic way.

Latch two twigs together

Latch two twigs together.

For more detailed knot instructions see my book The Effortless Floral Craftsman

Latch the twigs again at the top to create a gap between the two twigs

Latch the twigs again at the top to create a gap between the two twigs.

Set the twigs in the leaning lid and fill it with water

Set the twigs in the leaning lid and fill it with water.

Make sure there is enough water in the container to keep the fresh floral material hydrated

Make sure there is enough water in the container to keep the fresh floral material hydrated.

Slip the flower between the two twigs so that it is wedged into place

Slip the flower between the two twigs so that it is wedged into place.

Set the flower and the twigs in the leaning lid

Set the flower and the twigs in the leaning lid. Make sure the stem is under water.

Add a few blades of grass

Add a few blades of grass.

See the Tutorial below for more information on how to curl grass. You will also find detailed Tutorials in my book.

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Tutorials

25 August 2011 Placing orchids in test tubes

Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.

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...

1 April 2015 Hana-kubari Bamboo

Hana-Kubari is an Ikebana flower mechanic. Only natural materials such as pebbles, sticks and branches can be seen to support the flowers. Traditionally no twine or wire, nails,...

7 March 2018 Phormium bubble frame

Curl and secure a few blades of flax into a bubble to frame your flowers

15 April 2015 Stretching leaves and foliage into a ringlet curl

Most leaves and foliage can be slightly manipulated to curve or curl.

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.

24 January 2018 Stack two glass vases to keep a leaf upright in water

Slip a leaf into the gap between two glass containers to keep it upright... and add a plastic lining to support the flowers nestled into it.

Favourite Flowers

Cymbidium

Cymbidium, Boat Orchid

Related Designs

24 April 2019 Put aside

Urgh… my glass cake stand broke leaving me with a still beautiful, but now mismatched and extremely inspirational lid...

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

1 April 2015 The Space Between

Traditional Hana-Kubari flower mechanic

30 July 2014 See you around

Weave a few spheres to create a simple design

7 March 2018 Twist of its own

... a quick an easy design. Curl a few flax leaves to frame orchids