My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Folded leaf nest

Wipe the mini Monstera leaves clean and fold the lobe over to create a tube. The sinus of the leaf creates a cavity for the succulents to peep out of.

Secure the lobes with a small drop of floral glue

Place the stem ends in a water tube to keep the leaf hydrated

Slip the one stem into the next so that both the water tubes are inside the leaf tubes

Wiggle the leaves so that they nestle into each other creating a tube

Nestle in another leaf from both sides

Creating a long leaf nest

Nestle the twig nest on the twig tangle

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how I made the twig tangles for the design demonstration

Slip the succulents between the lobes to cover the water tubes

Secure the leaf nest to the twig tangle with a hot glue web

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to create a hot glue web

Spin the hot glue around the leaf nest to secure it in place on the armature and keep the flower material in the cavity

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21 September 2016 "I found it this way" demonstration Floral art Structures: Twig Tangles

For my "I found it this way" Floral Art demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging club, I began all four of my designs with basic armatures made of Twig Tangles and we...

4 February 2015 Fold over a tropical leaf cocoon

Fold and glue a Monstera deliciosa (delicious monster) leaf

28 March 2011 Spinning a Hot Glue Spider Web or silk for a Floral Cocoon

How to spin (and remove) hot glue spider web or floral cocoon

6 September 2011 Autumn leaf Roses

I used to make baskets full of these when I was a little girl. We had a big Acasia thorn tree and I used to spear my “roses” onto the tree pretending I was the fairy responsible...

24 July 2012 Blow away hot glue strands

When you glue a structure with hot glue there are always a few stray strands of glue stuck all over the design. Blow it away with a hairdryer.

15 April 2015 Stretching leaves and foliage into a ringlet curl

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

5 March 2014 Wiring succulents with a double leg mount

Create a wire stem for your succulents

29 June 2016 Reed Cradle Armature

Glue reeds on a wire frame to create a dimensional armature to suspend orchids in

Related Designs

5 October 2016 I found it this way: Leaf nest design

This was the third design I did in my "I found it this way" floral art demonstration

22 May 2019 Putting your own spin on it

I would definitely describe my own personal style as minimalist classic... but with an edgy twist.