My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Stack a Stack of Stems to create a sturdy grid Armature... with some height

My design was inspired by these lily stems

My design was inspired by these lily stems. Once the petals dropped these pods developed... so cute!

Cut the green stems to fit along the container

Remove the foliage left on the stems and cut the green stems to fit length-wise along the container.

Use a tiny dot of glue to keep the stems in place

Use a tiny dot of glue to keep the stems in place as you add the vertical stems.

This is your basic stack pattern.

Simply cut the stem to just fit and keep it in place with a dot of glue

Simply cut the stem to just fit and keep it in place with a dot of glue.

Each time you add a new layer of stems place it slightly inward

Each time you add a new layer of stems place it slightly inward

Making the opening smaller as you stack it up

Making the opening smaller as you stack it up.

Place the last stem to fill the gap at the top

Place the last stem to fill the gap at the top.

Place the seedpods in the design

Place the seedpods in the design to rest on the stacked stems.

Fill the shallow container with water

Fill the shallow container with water.

Add some fresh flowers

Add some fresh flowers...

And finish the design with some curled grass and a few dew drop crystals

And finish the design with some curled grass and a few dew drop crystals

See the Tutorials below for more detailed instructions on how to curl grass and add delicate crystals into a design.

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Tutorials

15 April 2015 Stretching leaves and foliage into a ringlet curl

Most leaves and foliage can be slightly manipulated to curve or curl.

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.

13 January 2016 Stacked Grass Pyramid Armature

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

10 May 2017 Skewered Eucalyptus leaf line-up armature

Thread leaves through wire

10 August 2016 Bamboo frog for a shallow container design

Cut short bamboo lengths to keep your flower material upright in a shallow and narrow container

27 July 2016 Leaning Sunflowers to stay just so

The trick to any freestanding design is to get your first three stems standing stable and secure in the water. Once you have that you can build the design around it.

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

4 April 2018 Tap in a Twig Support

Wedge snipped twigs into a glass vase to act as a support for your flowers

6 September 2017 Contained rose twig stack

Glue the twigs in a container to easily follow the round shape

Favourite Flowers

Lilium

Lily

Related Designs

5 June 2019 Add up!

Stacking green stems to create an armature for short stemmed flowers.

13 January 2016 Once Upon A Time

Stack and glue a Grass Pyramid Armature

10 May 2017 About a line

Skewer and line up leaves to create an armature

10 August 2016 Saved up

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

27 July 2016 Too Hot!

Leaning floral stems to stand on their own in a shallow container

23 July 2014 Chain of Thought

Knot small stems into decorative chain garlands

4 April 2018 Grow on it

Wedge twigs into a vase to create a grid.

6 September 2017 One of those difficult questions

Glue a bunch of twigs inside a container to create a round stack

6 June 2018 Hi-Lo

Perfect stems, perfect flowers. Needs nothing more.