My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Hanging bamboo from a wired hook

Hang the design from a branch

Step 1 is to find or make something to hang your design from. I placed frosted stems in a vase.

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All you really need is something with a side branch

All you really need is something with a side branch...

Add something heavy in the bottom to keep the vase from toppling over

And if you are worried about the weight add something heavy in the bottom to keep the vase from toppling over... I used these metal marbles.

Concealed the marbles for my design with a layer of snow.

They are pretty enough on their own but I concealed them for my design with a layer of snow to go with the frosted branches. You can also fill the vase with water to make it heavier... anything that adds weight will make the design more stable.

Cut the bamboo and remove any side shoots

Cut the bamboo and remove any side shoots and leaves.

The nodes creates a catch to hang the bamboo from

The nodes creates a catch to hang the bamboo from...

Cut the bamboo just above the node

Cut the bamboo just above the node.

Bend wire around the bamboo

Bend wire around the bamboo into a hairpin hook.

Measure the hairpin against the bamboo so that it extends above the node

Measure the hairpin against the bamboo so that it extends above the node.

Wrap the wire around the bamboo below the node

Wrap the wire around the bamboo below the node.

Creating a neat and secure hook to hang the bamboo from

Creating a neat and secure hook to hang the bamboo from.

Simply hook the bamboo sections over the branch to hang

Simply hook the bamboo sections over the branch to hang.

Building up the design as you go along

Building up the design as you go along.

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Glue in a water source for the fresh flowers

Glue in a water source for the fresh flowers.

I make these water tubes from drinking straws. See the Tutorial below.

Place the flowers in the water tubes so that they remain hydrated

Place the flowers in the water tubes so that they remain hydrated.

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Tutorials

22 January 2020 Bamboo cross-hatch spacers

A small design detail for contemporary floral arrangements.

2 July 2019 Grass Spiral Wind Spinner

Thread grass into flexi grass to create a spinner that gently turns in the wind.

25 April 2018 Hanging Twig Line-Up

Craft a twig mobile for Spring

28 May 2014 Bamboo scaffold armature

Latch a few bamboo pieces together to create a scaffold for the flowers to hang from

28 May 2014 Bamboo panel

Create a panel for the flowers to hang on

25 August 2011 Placing orchids in test tubes

Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

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

8 August 2012 Stringing wool and Spanish moss

Create veil of wool and Spanish moss

23 October 2013 Hanging leaves from a Hazel twig top bar

Create a free moving autumn leaf screen

2 October 2019 Cross hatch Twig Armature

Add a bit of shadow and dimension to a flat armature by using the sketch technique of cross hatching.

26 April 2011 Natural stem hook to hang plant material from

Side stems of branches can be used as hooks to hang floral material in a design.

Favourite Flowers

Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid

Related Designs

22 January 2020 Spacer

Armatures are great (budget friendly) spacers for creating large floral designs without using an enormous amount of your resources.

29 October 2014 Frightfully Pretty

Weave a single strand Spanish Moss spider web

3 July 2019 Taking a Breather

A relaxing summer design that spins gently in the wind

25 April 2018 Get in line!

Line up a few pussy willow twigs for a hanging armature

23 March 2016 Celebrate!

A closer look at my design at the 20th anniversary of Canada Blooms and The Toronto Flower Show

28 May 2014 Be Silent And Listen

Lash a few bamboo pieces together to create a scaffold armature

8 August 2012 Stringing in the rain

A veil of green wool, Spanish moss and dried hydrangeas hang over white lilies

23 October 2013 Their work well done

String Autumn leaves to fall down in a design