My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Balancing a fishbowl vase on its side for a floating design

See what I did here? No it is not a slanted round bowl. It is an ordinary fishbowl vase... balanced on it's side!

Place a block on your display surface for support

Place a block on your display surface for support. It can be anything... a wooden block, a book, a box or even a small bowl. Anything that you can use to support the vase while you balance it on its side.

Rest a fishbowl vase to be supported on the block

Rest a fishbowl vase to be supported on the block.

Carefully test the vase to balance

Carefully test the vase to make sure it is well and truly supported.

It should stand freely balanced on the block for support

It should stand freely balanced on the block for support.

Fill the fishbowl vase with water

Fill the fishbowl vase with water.

I wanted tiny roots floating about in my design

I wanted tiny roots floating about in my design... so I rooted these rosary vines. This way the succulent is not particularly stressed when you design it to float about in water.

For more information about designing with succulents turn to page: 104 and 105 of my book.

I also placed a single cymbidium orchid in the bowl

I also placed a single cymbidium orchid in the bowl. Again because of the interesting angle of the vase I wanted the flower to be semi-submerged.

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to create a little skirt for the flowers if you want it to perfectly float on the surface of your design.

Drape the rosary vine

Drape the rosary vine to curve in and around the vase.

Book readers: turn to page 272 and 273 for a better look at this design. It's part of the bit where I talk about creating illusions... rather fitting, right?

Top up the water in the vase to the very edge

Top up the water in the vase to the very edge.

To make this syringe with tube see the Tutorial below.

Carefully test the balance of the vase to see if the water level is just right

Carefully test the balance of the vase to see if the water level is just right... by pushing it away from the support.

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Carefully remove the support

Once you feel confident that the bowl is now completely balanced... remove the support... carefully!

The design will now stand by itself balanced by the water level

The design will now stand by itself balanced by the water level.

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Tutorials

3 January 2011 Syringe with tube

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

3 January 2012 Bubble raft to float flowers

Flowers naturally float in water. They just don’t always naturally float on water. For that they sometimes need a bit of help.

24 April 2019 Balance a cake stand lid on it’s side to create a leaning design

Suspend a flower for an unusual but minimalist design over a leaning container lid.

8 January 2020 Leaf-puddle for a short stem in a big vase

Add a leaf to a large-ish vase to create a small puddle of water for your short flower stem to rest in.

5 September 2018 Wisteria Vine Wreath Armature

Create a barely there armature with sturdy end of season vines.

30 August 2011 Suspending and positioning a Phalaenopsis orchid under water

Flowers naturally float and you will need some kind of sinker to keep them suspended under water.

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.

Favourite Flowers

Ceropegia woodii

Rosary vine, Chain of Hearts, Collar of hearts and String of hearts

Cymbidium

Cymbidium, Boat Orchid

Related Designs

4 March 2020 All Aboard!

Ooooh! Am I excited to show you this design. It is an ordinary fishbowl vase... balanced on it's side.

24 April 2019 Put aside

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

8 January 2020 Rest a bit here

Gently curve a shallow area with a leaf to showcase a gorgeous flower with a short stem in a water filled vase

5 September 2018 Wreath Vine Season!

Weave tiny wreaths on the stems of Wisteria vines

30 August 2011 Ichi-go, ichi-e

Freely translated it means Each Moment, Only Once. It is a saying associated with Japanese tea ceremonies.