My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Dancing fall leaves... on a stick

This design requires just a bit of prep-work:

Thread a stack of autumn leaves with wire.

Thread a stack of autumn leaves with wire. Push the leaves so that they nestle tightly together and set it aside to shrivel and dry.

Once the leaves are dry:

Bundle up a hand full of grass

Bundle up a hand full of dried grass, reeds or thin bamboo loosely in your hand. Firmly tap the bundle on your working surface to make sure they are all the same length.

Snip the ends on the other side

Snip the ends on the other side so that they are all the same length.

The leaves are now all shriveled and curled in a similar shape

Because of the way that the leaves are dried they are now all shriveled and curled in a similar shape...

This tiny bit of extra effort creates a unified look

This tiny bit of extra effort creates a unified look. Even though the leaves are dried and shriveled they are not curling wildly in all directions.

Press the grass end into the hole in the leave and secure with a tiny blob of hot glue

Press the grass end into the hole in the leave and secure with a tiny blob of hot glue.

Let the leave drop slightly and hold the exact position so that the glue sets

Let the leave drop slightly and hold the exact position so that the glue sets. Try to position all the leaves at a similar angle.

Once glued place the leaves in a display vase

Once glued place the leaves in a display vase.

Cross the grass ends to keep them in place

Cross the grass ends as you build up the design to keep them in place.

Place the grass from the outside in

Place the grass from the outside in so that it radiates out leaving the middle open.

Turn the leaves so that they point out

Turn the leaves so that they point out.

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Add a small water source on a stick to keep the fresh flowers hydrated

Add a small water source on a stick to keep the fresh flowers hydrated. Here I added my drinking straw water tube- on a stick.

Book readers: turn to page 175 for loads more ideas on how to attach a water tube into your design. You can even use the trick I show on page 188 in the bottom for a really unusual twist on this design idea!

Place the flowers in the design

Place the fresh flowers in the design.

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Tutorials

6 November 2019 Drying leaves to have the exact same curve

Threat a stack of leaves to dry so that they shrivel and dry up in a similar way.

22 April 2011 Test tube on a stick

Include a single floret (such as an orchid) or bundle a few weaker stems (such as lily of the valley) into an arrangement or hand tie by wiring a test tube to a stick.

2 October 2013 Spiny Twig Porcupine Armature

Glue a few twigs to display Autumn flowers and foliage on

22 September 2012 Stir-stick Sunburst

Glue a radiating armature from stir-sticks.

22 September 2012 Stiffen and set skeletonized leaves into a whirl

Skeletonized leaves can be shaped while wet to create shapes

7 August 2019 A Three level Kenzan skewer stack to Radiate Gladiolus spikes flat in a shallow container

Build up a design in a shallow container by stacking it by threading the plant material into the teeth of a pin cushion in three levels.

16 October 2012 Taco-shaped twig armature

Make a half-moon shaped armature to fill with flowers

1 May 2012 Cinderella Spiral Pumpkin from Midelino Cane Coils

Tie Midelino Cane coils to make a spiral armature

26 November 2014 Sticks stuck in a ground covered foundation

Glue potting soil to polystyrene to create a natural looking armature

10 July 2012 Stabilizing sticks for dried or fresh flowers

Create a full design without the weight by stabilizing the flowers with glued sticks. This is a great alternative to floral foam.

Favourite Flowers

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum or "mums"

Related Designs

6 November 2019 Dance lessons from the Autumn leaves

A fun and easy contemporary floral design to display foraged autumn leaves and just a touch of flowers that can easily be replaced.

2 October 2013 Prickly

Build a twig porcupine armature for fall flowers

22 September 2012 Turning of the leaves

An Autumn Equinox design that captures the moment before the spectacular colour burst of autumn floats around again

7 August 2019 Point Out: this is a single bunch of gladiolus!

Cut stems of Gladiolus to place in a radiating summer design.

16 October 2012 Bright, brighter… brightest!

Celebrate the bright colours of autumn with lilies and Chinese lanterns

26 November 2014 Late Autumn Early Christmas.

Glue a ground foundation for a late autumn design