My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Cross cut Spring Twig Armature

Cut a slit with a sharp knife into a sturdy blossoming twig.

Cut a slit with a sharp knife into a sturdy blossoming twig.

Turn the twig and cut another slit

Twist turn the twig and cut another slit. You should now have a deep X cut into the twig.

This makes it easier to position the twigs when you place it into the Kenzan. See the Tutorial below.

Position two blossoming twigs.

Position two blossoming twigs so that it stands upright in a small container with a Kenzan in.

Connect the twigs with a few diagonal twigs

Connect the twigs with a few diagonal twigs. I used floral glue but you can also wire the twigs if you want to fill the eggshells with chocolate or heavier decorations.

Fill the container with water to keep the blossoming twigs hydrated

Fill the container with water to keep the blossoming twigs hydrated.

Scatter artificial snow to float on the water and hide the mechanics

Scatter artificial snow to float on the water and hide the mechanics

See the Tutorial below.

Carefully wedge the eggshells between the twigs

Carefully wedge the eggshells between the twigs. Secure with a tiny drop of glue if needed.

Scatter a few blossom petals into the eggshells

Scatter a few blossom petals into the eggshells and add a few sparkling crystals to finish off the design.

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Tutorials

7 January 2015 Securing a kenzan

Temporarily adhere a traditional Ikebana Kenzan or pincushion to a shallow container.

7 January 2015 So many ways to use a Kenzan to hold floral materials

How to place various sizes of plant material in a Kenzan

4 December 2013 Large wax snowflakes

Artificial snow can be very "chemical" and flowers deteriorate quickly when exposed to it. It also dissolves in water. I use candle wax as "snow"

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

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.

Related Designs

17 April 2019 Hopping with Excitement

A hoppingly-fun Spring design for Easter.

19 September 2018 Before I show you my book- let me show you my book

… and why we call this the special craftsmanship edition

26 September 2018 Cover Story

The design for the cover of my book, the effortless floral craftsman, crafted from Fiddlehead Fern and Red Lipstick Hanging Heliconia.

6 June 2018 Hi-Lo

Perfect stems, perfect flowers. Needs nothing more.

1 June 2016 The ties that Bind

Bind a lily to create a trumpet shape as it opens

20 March 2019 It’s all ===> right

Hang a dangling eggshell in a Spring blossom design.

28 March 2018 Walking on eggshells

Fill eggshells with moss to create an upright container... with a surprising balancing trick.

16 April 2014 Never saw such a lovely day...

Weave a palm thorn garland to decorate for Easter

8 April 2015 Just think!

Weave a nest for chocolate Easter eggs

7 January 2015 Any Which Way

Using a traditional Ikabana Kenzan to place flowers in a shallow container

21 June 2017 Playing Favourites

A quick and easy Kenzan design

15 November 2017 Alchemy

Gently stand leaves upright in a Kenzan