My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Roll hundreds (yes! hundreds) of autumn leaves so create a natural, upright flower frog

Roll an autumn leaf around a thick dowel stick

Roll an autumn leaf around a thick dowel stick

Glue the leaf with a small drop of floral adhesive

Glue the leaf with a small drop of floral adhesive. Hold the leaf in place for a few seconds to make sure the glue sets.

Loosen your grip and slip the leaf from the dowel

Loosen your grip and slip the leaf from the dowel

Roll a few more fall leaves

Roll a few more fall leaves...

And a few more.

... And a few more.

I rolled 500 autumn leaves to stand upright in my large container

I rolled 500 autumn leaves to stand upright in my large container

Cut the leaf so that it stands flat in the water

Cut the leaf so that it stands flat in the water

Make sure all the leaves are approximately the same size

Make sure all the leaves are approximately the same size

Stack the cut leaves with the stem to one side to make it easier to stack into the container

Keep the stem part of the leaf so that it can add a contrasting randomness to the design

Place the container on its side and let the first leaf rest on the side of the container

Place the container on its side and let the first leaf rest on the side of the container

Start to stack the autumn leaves

Start to stack the autumn leaves

Place the cut side in the container

Place the cut side in the container...

As the container fills up with stacked leaves you can gradually lesson the angle at which it is held

As the container fills up with stacked leaves you can gradually lesson the angle at which it is held

I wanted my leaf colours to be random and just kept that in mind as I stacked the leaves

I wanted my leaf colours to be random and just kept that in mind as I stacked the leaves

Add the last few leaves to fill the container

Add the last few leaves to fill the container

Space out the leaves so that it is snug

Space out the leaves so that it is snug and fill the container with about 1cm of water. Add the calla lilies.

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Tutorials

30 August 2011 Removing Oasis Floral Adhesive glue spills

The finish of every design should be flawless. Make sure there are no bits of glue visible in your design by carefully removing all traces of spills.

22 October 2014 Roll a folded leaf coil

Fold and then stitch a long fall leaf garland to roll into a coil

23 March 2013 Rolling leaf tubes

Roll foliage to create tubes

6 September 2011 Autumn leaf Composite Flower

Glue a round Autumn leaf Composite Flower.

6 September 2011 Autumn leaf Roses

I used to make baskets full of these when I was a little girl. We had a big Acasia thorn tree and I used to spear my “roses” onto the tree pretending I was the fairy responsible...

11 November 2012 Autumn Leaf Rosette

Great way to use all the autumn leaves you collect on walks during the season. Slowly build up the leaf rosette and let the leaves dry before adding a few more.

Favourite Flowers

Zantedeschia

Calla Lily, Arum Lily

Related Designs

14 October 2015 What a find!

Roll autumn leaves to create a frog to keep flowers upright

10 August 2016 Saved up

Cut lengths of bamboo to place in a shallow container as a flower frog

31 May 2017 Let's hang out

Skewer some Eucalyptus to suspend between the orchids

28 June 2017 Somewhere in the Middle

Skewer Dracaena leaves into a roll that supports a tiny water source for the Oncidium orchids

2 August 2017 Grace

Use snips and snippets and leftovers to create a design of it's own

1 November 2017 A Round

Create a delicate design that rests lightly on the edge of a container

27 June 2018 Look deep

Curl foliage to use as a natural armature for delicate buds.

22 May 2019 Putting your own spin on it

I would definitely describe my own personal style as minimalist classic... but with an edgy twist.

22 May 2012 Lean

Place short twigs, leaning to one side to create a flower frog