My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Flat wire and grass bridal basket

Bend wires to create a basket shape

Bend wires to create a basket shape. I made mine almost a rounded triangle with a flat top

Connect the open ends at the top with florist tape.  This area will be the handle of the basket

Connect the open ends at the top with florist tape. This area will be the handle of the basket

Space out the wires to create a flat base

Space out the wires to create a flat base

Bind a small bundle of grass to the one side of the basket handle letting the tips dangle down the side

Bind a small bundle of grass to the one side of the basket handle letting the tips dangle down the side

Bind another small bundle of grass facing the other way.

Bind another small bundle of grass facing the other way.

Bend the grass down to the side of the basket and secure with floral glue to the wire

Bend the grass down to the side of the basket and secure with floral glue to the wire

Again, do the same on the other side

Again, do the same on the other side

Fold the blades of grass over and secure it to the bottom of the basket, one strand at a time

Fold the blades of grass over and secure it to the bottom of the basket, one strand at a time

Gather up the stem ends at the handle side of the basket

Gather up the stem ends at the handle side of the basket

Wrap the stems with a blade of grass to create a neat handle

Wrap the stems with a blade of grass to create a neat handle

Glue in a few dangling blades of grass, some snowflake sparkling beads, and the orchids

Glue in a few dangling blades of grass, some snowflake sparkling beads, and the orchids

Add a few crystals and make sure the basket is comfortable to carry

Add a few crystals and make sure the basket is comfortable to carry

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Tutorials

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

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

1 February 2012 Weaving a diagonal green grass basket

Once you figure out how to do the corners weaving a diagonal shape is actually not that hard to do.

4 June 2014 Weaving a ring basket

Create a wire frame and weave ripped foliage around it

10 September 2014 Twig Bridal Basket

A slim basket design made from twigs

15 April 2015 Stretching leaves and foliage into a ringlet curl

Most leaves and foliage can be slightly manipulated to curve or curl.

1 October 2012 Weaving a ball shaped Dew-drop Catcher from grass

Weave a sphere from grass

6 January 2012 Mossy Twig handbag

Radiate short twigs in a circle to make a moss and twig handbag

Favourite Flowers

Cymbidium

Cymbidium, Boat Orchid

Related Designs

7 December 2016 Oh! So clever

My article and Bridal basket design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

25 January 2017 What is in a basket of spectacular?

Weave a basket with dangling edges for a single orchid display

5 April 2017 Easter Bonnet

Weave a delicate Pillbox hat

19 July 2017 Meraki

A grass armature for one perfect slipper orchid

26 July 2017 Beat the summer heat

Tangle some wire to set flowers in water

24 January 2018 How to make a stack of just enough:

Stack two vases to create a small gap at the side to keep a leaf upright

13 July 2016 Woven

Weave a canopy or parachute shaped armature for orchids to perch on

1 February 2012 Steeling yourself against stealing creativity

I wrote this article for Wedding Business Success (an online meeting place for the wedding industry) exploring a positive way of looking at creativity and... stealing!

4 June 2014 All white, just not quite

My article and woven ring basket design featured in the summer issue of <strong>DIY Weddings Magazine</strong>

13 January 2016 Once Upon A Time

Stack and glue a Grass Pyramid Armature

10 September 2014 Creativity will come

My Twig Bridal Basket design and Tutorial featured in the Extraordinary Wedding Flowers issue of the <strong> New Zealand Floral Design Magazine</strong>

3 June 2015 A watcha call it

Weave a sphere armature

5 January 2012 Designing Your Way to Profits

Floral Craftsmanship Article in the Canadian Florist Magazine