My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Sponge mechanic for a tiny flower stem

Cut a X shape in a small sponge

Just a little bigger than the size of the flower stem

Fit the sponge in a small container. This is where you are going to add the water

Place a bamboo skewer in the sponge as a place holder for the stem

Glue bamboo leaves to the sponge. Make sure there is an overlap of the leaves so that the foliage adheres to foliage and not just to the sponge.

Radiate the leaves out from the bamboo to the edge.

Smooth the leaves down

Turn the sponge around

And glue the leaves to the bottom

Fill the small container with water

Place the sponge on the container and let it soak up the water. Insert the flower in the X once the sponge is heavy.

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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.

19 February 2011 Pebbles

Cut and smooth pebbles out of Rainbow Oasis

19 April 2012 Floral Fridge magnet in a nutshell

Tuck one half of a corsage magnet in a nutshell before designing to create a floral fridge magnet

8 May 2012 Nestled grass pebble

Weave a grass pebble for flowers to nestle in

19 June 2012 Up-cycle Styrofoam packaging to create a low pave design

Polystyrene or Styrofoam makers ideal shapes to pin or glue plant material to.

13 January 2016 Stacked Grass Pyramid Armature

Stack snippets of grass on a wire frame to make a floating pyramid armature

16 September 2015 Fold a Grass Disk

Fold and wrap blades of grass around a disk to create a natural armature

Favourite Flowers

Prosthechea cochleata

Octopus orchid, Clam shell or Cockle Shell orchid, it is the national flower of Belize in Central America, where it is called the ‘Black Orchid’.

Related Designs

19 April 2017 A spongy home for this octopus orchid

An unusual mechanic for a tiny orchid design

25 February 2011 A Rock by any other Name...

It's not really what we call things that matter but what they are made of- in this design, it's made of all three types of Oasis and wool.

24 August 2011 Touchstone

A Touchstone is something or even someone that you can rely on to evaluate the strength or worth of an idea or concept.

3 April 2011 One Singular Sensation

Three Lilies plaited to create a sensational, singular flower "growing" out of a Equisetum dome filled with Rainbow Oasis pebbles.

16 November 2011 Winter formal

The elongated heart shape Echeveria waist corsage is meant to be worn low around the hip as a trailing ribbon clasp.

1 January 2012 All in the same boat

19 April 2012 In a nutshell

Sunday April 22 is Earth day and a tiny floral fridge magnet is a wonderful reminder of just how beautiful our planet is.

8 May 2012 Skipping stone

Weave a grass pebble for the orchid to nestle in.

19 June 2012 Designing a Feeling

The emotions your designs inspire give real meaning to your work. My article in the Canadian Florist Magazine

13 January 2016 Once Upon A Time

Stack and glue a Grass Pyramid Armature

16 September 2015 Pointing In

wrap and glue a ring armature to create a decorative wreath