My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Interweave an enchanted gift basket

Shape the wire to loop twice.

Secure the wire at one end to create the basket handle.

Add another length of wire horizontally around the basket to create the sides.

Cross another length of wire at the bottom so that it can support some weight when filled.

Wrap the grass around the handle part of the basket.

Wrap the grass around the sides of the basket leaving wide gaps.

This creates a natural grid for you to weave the grass through.

Fill in all the gaps by interweaving the grass through the grid.

Glue in water tubes to keep the fresh flowers hydrated and add loose dangling blades of grass for a more natural look.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how I make water tubes from drinking straws.

Add the fresh flowers.

Glue in sparkling beads to finish the design.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how I add sparkling beads without damaging the delicate flowers.

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8 June 2011 Foliage Weaving

For this tutorial I focus on a simple weave pattern that does not require you to soften or prepare the leaves to be more durable or flexible. This is the starting point in...

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

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

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.

3 April 2013 Twin Leaf Weave

Weave two palm leaves together to create a floral grid

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.

25 January 2017 Detailing a messy edged grass basket

Weave a basket from lily grass and then cut and curl the edges

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

Weave a sphere from grass

Favourite Flowers


Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid

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My article and grass wedding basket design.

29 May 2019 Creative Competition

This week I am so excited to share my article and design that was published in the recent issue of the Floral Art Society of New Zealand's Academy Magazine for NZ qualified...

26 June 2019 “Ok wow”

A design so fine you can easily miss it... if it were not for the interwoven pebbles catching your eye.

3 April 2013 April showers bring May flowers

After a long winter it is always fun to use the first spring bulb flowers!

25 January 2017 What is in a basket of spectacular?

Weave a basket with dangling edges for a single orchid display

1 October 2012 How to catch a dew drop:

Weave a sphere from grass to catch a precious and exquisite and perfect glistening early autumn dew drop

5 April 2017 Easter Bonnet

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