My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Grass Twirling Up to Dress a Stem of Lilies

Bind a blade of grass to the flower stem with florist tape

Bind a blade of grass to the flower stem with florist tape.

Bind a second blade of grass to the flowers stem

Bind a second blade of grass to the flowers stem.

Bind a third blade of grass to the flower stem

Bind a third blade of grass to the flower stem. The grasses should spiral up the stem, but only so far so that it can still be under water when placed in a vase.

Start to twirl and spiral the grass loosely around the stem

Start to twirl and spiral the grass loosely around the stem.

Place the flower stem in a vase

Place the flower stem in a vase and allow the grasses to twirl around the flower stem.

Add blades of grass

Add blades of grass to the design by slipping the grass between the flower stem and the stem grass.

Loosely weave the grasses to twirl around the stems to mimic the shape of the flowers

Loosely weave the grasses to twirl around the stems to mimic the shape of the flowers.

Add a few dew drop crystals to the design

Add a few dew drop crystals to the design.

See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to add crystals to a design.

Make sure all the grass stem ends are under water to keep them hydrated

Make sure all the grass stem ends are under water to keep them hydrated.

Slip any grass stems deeper so that the design can remain hydrated for as long as possible

Adjust any grass stems deeper into the water so that the design can remain hydrated for as long as possible.

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Tutorials

12 June 2019 Loop-over grass veil for a cool summer design

A cool and minimal floral design for summer.

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.

30 March 2012 Keep pod shaped flowers in bud for longer

Sometimes you want to keep flowers in tight bud for as long as possible to suit your design

2 January 2011 Lilies

How to keep Lilies in bud for longer. Removing the pollen. Stringing a Lily Garland.

12 March 2014 Grass tunnel that stays just so

Snip, roll and glue a few blades of grass to create a design feature

13 June 2018 Lily grass and cane bubble for a Pitcher plant

Craft a dried cane globe for the armature of the design and then add lily grass to dry in place.

13 March 2013 Grass shelter for a glass bubble vase

Weave a shelter around a glass vase

Favourite Flowers

Lilium

Lily

Related Designs

24 July 2019 Up to much?

Dress up a single lily stem with a few blades of grass.

3 June 2015 A watcha call it

Weave a sphere armature

18 February 2015 Snail Away

Spiral roll a snail to add to this sunny design

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

… and why we call this the special craftsmanship edition

12 March 2014 Petrichor

A minimalist design in a shallow tray

11 April 2011 Veiled Sunshine:50th Anniversary of the South African Orchid Society at the Cape Town Convention Centre.

Bright and sunny cymbidium orchids and roses, lilies, lisianthus and pincushions

13 June 2018 Eat up!

A woven bubble for a carnivorous plant.

13 March 2013 Than you have to

Weave blades of grass to create a cover for a glass vase

25 January 2017 What is in a basket of spectacular?

Weave a basket with dangling edges for a single orchid display

13 March 2019 How to avoid your wedding treasures from becoming “after the event trash”

My article and grass wedding basket design.

25 July 2018 Lemon Aid

Use a lemon as a stopper to keep floral material in place

20 February 2019 Inna...

Stack bowls to keep your flower stems in place.