My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Bits of snipped grass glued to create a net

Cut grass into snippets

Place your container bottom side up on your working surface

Place the snippets to overlap slightly and glue with floral glue

Try to glue the bulk of the snippets to connect in at least three places with another grass snippet

Take care to glue the grass to grass and not to the container

Add a few sparkling crystals

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to add crystals to fragile armatures

Carefully lift the grass from the container. Set it aside at a place where it will not get damaged

Carefully split the bamboo lengthwise. It is easier to split the bamboo in the inter-node rather than on the node.

Slip the bamboo over the edge of the glass container

Tilt the bamboo stems to the side to create a gap for the flower stem. Slip in the stem to catch between the bamboo and the container. It should fit in snugly enough to stay in place but not pinched so that it forms a tourniquet and the flowering stem will not be able to take up water

Tilt the bamboo to the side

Place the grass snippet net to rest on the bamboo

Add a few more grass snippets to extend past the flowers to create a sheltering effect

Drape blades of fluffy grass over the net to soften the lines

Design note: Gluing the blades of grass is very fine work. Bits of glue that shows can be carefully rolled away. See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions

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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.

30 August 2011 Removing Oasis Floral Adhesive glue spills

The finish of every design should be flawless. Make sure there are no bits of glue visible in your design by carefully removing all traces of spills.

26 April 2017 Hana-Kubari twig

Slip a twig over the side of a container to keep an elegant flower stem upright

18 January 2017 T-connect twigs to shadow a design

Split a twig to create a t connection to hover a twig over the design

20 April 2016 Free standing Willow twig armature with a hidden water source

Cut a few willow twigs to split to create legs for the armature

2 September 2015 Hana-Kubari Bamboo Stilts with a Hidden Water Source

Split bamboo stems to create a water source for dancing orchids

Related Designs

5 July 2017 Just A Bit

Glue a bit of grass snippets to suspend over the design

3 January 2018 Happy Coincidence!

Some designs really do just make themselves. I received this tiny vase for Christmas from Marius (thank you, Marius!) and while cleaning out my design room I found this little...

9 May 2018 What is the meaning of this?

Create a minimal design with a few leaves to keep is all upright.

27 March 2019 Like trying to find a water tube in a eggshell stack

A fun Spring and Easter design with stacked eggshells.

26 April 2017 In no time at all

Hana-Kubari twig armature

20 April 2016 That Will Be

Freestanding willow twig armature design

2 September 2015 Happy Dance

Split a few bamboo sections to create a happy water source for miniature orchids

1 April 2015 The Space Between

Traditional Hana-Kubari flower mechanic

28 May 2014 Be Silent And Listen

Lash a few bamboo pieces together to create a scaffold armature