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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Hana-kubari Bamboo

Hana-Kubari is an Ikebana flower mechanic. Only natural materials such as pebbles, sticks and branches can be seen to support the flowers. Traditionally no twine, wire, nails, screws or any other man made materials are used.

Cut three sections of bamboo.

Cut three sections of fresh bamboo.

Same size bamboo sections.

I wanted the bamboo stems to be the same in length. Cut the side branches to fall at different heights, for visual interest.

Carefully split the bamboo

Carefully split the bamboo lengthwise. It is easier to split the bamboo in the inter-node rather than on the node.

Slip the bamboo over the edge of the container

Slip the bamboo over the edge of the container

Gently push the bamboo down to split more

Gently push the bamboo down to split more. Be careful so that the entire stem doesn't split in two.

Place the containers on a display tray

Place the containers on a display tray

Tilt the bamboo stems to the side to create a gapfor the flower stem

Tilt the bamboo stems to the side to create a gap for the flower stem

Fill the containers with water

Slip in the stem to catch between the bamboo and the container

Slip in the stem to catch between the bamboo and the container. It should fit in snugly enough to stay in place but not pinched so that it forms a tourniquet and the flowering stem will not be able to take up water

Set each stem in place so that it is covered in water

Set each stem in place so that it is covered in water

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Tutorials

19 October 2011 Hana-Kubari chopsticks

Splitting the chopsticks or a wooden branch, such as a willow twig creates a natural (and glue-less!) clamp.

15 January 2014 Midolino heart armature standing on Hana-Kubari legs

Create a re-usable cane armature for a romantic pave design

Related Designs

1 April 2015 The Space Between

Traditional Hana-Kubari flower mechanic

2 September 2015 Happy Dance

Split a few bamboo sections to create a happy water source for miniature orchids

27 January 2016 Well, I'll be

Manipulate fresh willow stems to create a sprouting armature for long tulip stems

20 April 2016 That Will Be

Freestanding willow twig armature design

18 January 2017 Look at you!

Tie twigs to shape a hanging armature

26 April 2017 In no time at all

Hana-Kubari twig armature

5 July 2017 Just A Bit

Glue a bit of grass snippets to suspend over the design

3 January 2018 Happy Coincidence!

Some designs really do just make themselves. I received this tiny vase for Christmas from Marius (thank you, Marius!) and while cleaning out my design room I found this little...

28 March 2018 Walking on eggshells

Fill eggshells with moss to create an upright container... with a surprising balancing trick.

9 May 2018 What is the meaning of this?

Create a minimal design with a few leaves to keep is all upright.

10 October 2018 From A... for Acer to Z… for Zantedeschia

This week we look at the design featured in the Flower Guide Chapter at the very end of my book

14 November 2018 For just this moment… let’s take a break

Simplicity to showcase the perfection of the Lisianthus buds

16 January 2019 Every. Single. Week.

Stand tulips upright in a shallow container with a suspended twig armature.

24 April 2019 Put aside

Urgh… my glass cake stand broke leaving me with a still beautiful, but now mismatched and extremely inspirational lid...

1 April 2020 Hang in there!

Keeping this tulip upright requires less magic and more hot glue skills... but it looks magical never the less.