My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Balancing the curved stems of dried Autumn leaf tubes

Gather a few large autumn leaves with really long stems and set it aside to dehydrate and start to dry. For my design I gathered some Tulip tree leaves.

Roll the large leaf

Roll the large leaf around a dowel stick. To make it easier to remove start to roll the one end...

Roll the other end over the leaf

... and secure it by rolling the other end over the leaf

Fold the stem over to curve back.

Fold the stem over to curve back.

Wrap the next leaf to hold the previous one in place

Wrap the next leaf to hold the previous one in place

Curve its stem over and wrap the next leaf

Curve its stem over and wrap the next leaf.

Loosely tie the leaves and set aside to dry

Loosely tie the leaves and set aside to dry

Untie the leaves

Carefully untie the ribbon to remove the leaves

Carefully unwrap the leaf

Starting at the lowest leave, carefully unwrap

Because the leaf is dried it retains the tube shape and the stem remains curved

Because the leaf is dried it retains the tube shape and the stem remains curved.

Hook the leaf over the edge of the container

Hook the leaf over the edge of the container.

Slowly balance the stems all the way around the container

Balance the stems all the way around the container, spacing them out as you go along.

Secure with a tiny drop of flower adhesive if you want to move the container

Move the stems so that it crosses over in the middle.

Move the stems so that it crosses over in the middle.

Place a tiny water source in the leaf tube for the fresh flowers

Place a tiny water source in the leaf tube for the fresh flowers

See the detailed Tutorials below on how I make my own water source from drinking straws and how to wire the straw to dangle in the leaf tube

Fill with water and add the tiny oncidium orchids

Fill with water and add the tiny oncidium orchids

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.

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