My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Criss-cross Monstera lace-up

Glue short sections of rosary vine into the natural gaps in the Monstera deliciosa leaf

Glue each section to the very edge of the leaf to cross over in the middle

Follow it all the way down the leaf using sections with leaves that become smaller as you reach the edge of the leaf

Move all the way around the leaf and "lace it up" with vine

Let bits of vine dangle and spill over the edge

The Monstera deliciosa leaf is in water and the Ceropegia woodii is a succulent and should look pretty for up to a week without a water source, maybe more

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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.

23 November 2016 Twig support to rest test tubes on a surface

Sink the tube in the design to rest on a few twigs

31 July 2013 Ladder-frog

Lash the orchid stems together to create a ladder for the flower to rest on.

4 February 2015 Fold over a tropical leaf cocoon

Fold and glue a Monstera deliciosa (delicious monster) leaf

Favourite Flowers

Ceropegia woodii

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

Related Designs

16 August 2017 Making Ends Meet

Criss-cross corset style connect the gaps in a Monstera deliciosa leaf

22 August 2018 FreestyleFreesia

Dutch floral designer Pim van den Akker, from Flower Factor invited me to participate in a FloraHolland initiative promoting the versatility of Freesias entitled ...

7 June 2011 Floating Boat Orchid

The name Cymbidium or boat Orchid is derived from the Greek word Kumbos meaning "hole or cavity", referring to the hollowness in the base of the lip of the flowers.

19 June 2013 This Moment

Create an armature design outside the vase

23 November 2016 All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate): Another perspective

This was the third design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration

10 July 2013 Pink

Weave an invisible grid to float the plant material on

31 July 2013 Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer

A tiny orchid stem ladder keeps the orchid suspended just above the water line

4 February 2015 collywobbles!

Fold foliage butterflies