My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Everlasting succulent and moss display

Glue a snippet of moss to a decorative rock with floral glue

Cut the moss with sharp scissors to create a flat surface for the glue

Gently pat the moss down to make sure it adheres without pressing it flat

Stack a few more decorative rocks around the moss

Glue in the succulents. The succulents will root in the moist moss

Glue in a few dried roots for texture

I make tiny test tubes from drinking straws to keep small flowers hydrated. See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions

Cut a drinking straw test tube smaller to nestle in the moss

With a pair of tweezers open a cavity for the drinking straw to nestle in

Glue in the drinking straw.

Fill the drinking straw with water.

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how I make my own syringe with tube to fill the tine tubes with water

Place the flowers in the drinking straw tube to keep it hydrated. Replace the flowers and fill the tube as needed. the rest of the design should last for a long time

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4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.

3 January 2011 Syringe with tube

Easy way to fill test tubes and easiest way to remove water from a vase

26 July 2011 Wire Tendrils

Curl the wire at irregular intervals to create a natural wire tendril similar to that of a passion fruit plant

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.

16 November 2011 Making the waist corsage using the BoutStix Floral Magnets

The BoutStix Floral Magnets “stick” is the backbone of the design, strengthening the narrow heart shape and adding support and balance.

7 February 2012 Moss Heart

Biodegradable copper mesh makes the perfect shape to fill with moss to grow tiny stem plants

6 January 2016 Moss Colombina inspired mask

Cover a mask shape with moss and succulents for a long wearing mask

Related Designs

31 August 2016 Leftovers

Using bits and snippets to create an everlasting moss and succulent design

23 October 2012 Everlasting

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11 May 2011 It's Tulip Time!

Tulips continue to grow once the stem is severed from the bulb. More often than not you can use this growth to create an ever changing design. But sometimes you want that tulip...

16 November 2011 Winter formal

The elongated heart shape Echeveria waist corsage is meant to be worn low around the hip as a trailing ribbon clasp.

7 February 2012 Grow Love

Love grows!

13 April 2012 Spring Has Sprung!

The sprouts are sprouting and the bees are being and the birds are birding. Tempting as it is new growth is hard to condition. Hard, but not impossible

20 November 2012 there’s a feeling

Glue snippets of dried green stems and Green Trick Carnation to make tiny floral wings for Christmas

1 January 2014 It's the moment you recognize the greatest source of strength in something... oh, so fragile

Fragile ice baubles, cyclamen and moss design

6 January 2016 Hey there

Moss and succulents cover a mask shape to create a woodland inspired mask