My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Placing orchids in test tubes

Cutting the orchid from the stem

When you cut the orchid from the plant...

make sure you cut the plant stem and not just the flower stem.

... make sure you cut the plant stem and not just the flower stem.

See the Tutorial below on more detailed instructions on cutting spiked flower stems and foliage into short sections

Orchid in a test tube ready to design with

The orchids are slow drinkers but they take up water better through the green stem and will last considerably longer.

Place the stem in water

Making it possible to design with the tiniest little tubes

See the Tutorial below on detailed instructions on how I make test tube water sources from drinking straws

If it is a tight fit cut a small slit in the plastic lid.

Make sure the hole in the lid is not too tight for the stem. This will be like a tourniquet that squeeze the stem so tight that it can't take up water. Rather cut a small slit in the plastic lid to make sure the stem slips through the hole without being constricted or compressed.

Fit the plastic lid that seals the test tube

First remove the plastic lid from the test tube. Fit the lid over the Cymbidium orchid stem. This way it is easier to control how deep the orchid will be in the water and how high the lid will be on the stem. Measure the stem and cut to fit the test tube.

Make sure the stem is as deep as possible.

Fit the water filled tube. Make sure the stem is as deep as possible without being squished at the bottom.

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.




Cymbidium, Boat Orchid


Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid