Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Single blade wrap armature
Measure a blade of grass or slender leaf. It should be long enough to easily wrap around the small bowl or container.
Wrap the blade of grass around the container.
For my design I wanted a dramatic twist so I measured the blade of grass out so that it points upward. You can fold the end flat if you prefer. Secure the grass with a drop of glue or pin it with a sharp twig to keep it in place.
Line the containers up to display.
Fill the containers with water.
Snip the orchids from the stem. You will notice I leave a bit of the green stem to help the flower absorb water better.
You can find more information on how and where to snip flowers from stems in my book, the effortless floral craftsman. I also have a more detailed Tutorial in the links below.
Make a tiny slit in the blade of grass with a pin...
Slip the stem through the slit.
Adjust the position of the flowers.
Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.
Orchids grow in long flower spikes. It is great to use the entire stem but sometimes you need shorter section. There is a trick to cutting the stems without leaving a visible...
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.
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 or wire, nails,...
Balance a stack of eggshells with a magnet for a tiny Easter design
Hide the water source in a rolled leaf
The most delicate of stems often disappear in a design. this is an easy way to display really delicate flowering stems without overwhelming them
This week we look at the design featured in the Flower Guide Chapter at the very end of my book
Gently curve a shallow area with a leaf to showcase a gorgeous flower with a short stem in a water filled vase
Fill eggshells with moss to create an upright container... with a surprising balancing trick.
Skewer Dracaena leaves into a roll that supports a tiny water source for the Oncidium orchids