Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Balance a cake stand lid on it’s side to create a leaning 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.
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.
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.
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.
Slip the flower between the two twigs so that it is wedged into place.
Set the flower and the twigs in the leaning lid. Make sure the stem is under water.
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.
Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.
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...
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,...
Curl and secure a few blades of flax into a bubble to frame your flowers
Most leaves and foliage can be slightly manipulated to curve or curl.
It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.
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.
Urgh… my glass cake stand broke leaving me with a still beautiful, but now mismatched and extremely inspirational lid...
Gently curve a shallow area with a leaf to showcase a gorgeous flower with a short stem in a water filled vase
This week we look at the design featured in the Flower Guide Chapter at the very end of my book