My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

T-connect twigs to shadow a design

A Hanna-Kubari inspired design detail

Cut a short twig

Cut a short twig

Split the twig with a sharp knife

Split the twig with a sharp knife

Slip the twig into the slit

Slip the twig into the slit until it gets lightly pinched in place and glue it into the design

Every week I add a new design with related tutorials. Be sure to subscribe to receive an email notification with design inspiration.

Tutorials

25 September 2013 Adding beads into a design

I wanted my beads to softly float above my snowball posy. If I glued the beads to some of the flowers it would just disappear in the mass of twigs and flowers.

20 April 2016 Free standing Willow twig armature with a hidden water source

Cut a few willow twigs to split to create legs for the armature

1 April 2015 Hana-kubari Bamboo

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,...

19 October 2011 Hana-Kubari chopsticks

Splitting the chopsticks or a wooden branch, such as a willow twig creates a natural (and glue-less!) clamp.

Related Designs

18 January 2017 Look at you!

Tie twigs to shape a hanging armature

26 April 2017 In no time at all

Hana-Kubari twig armature

5 July 2017 Just A Bit

Glue a bit of grass snippets to suspend over the design

3 January 2018 Happy Coincidence!

Some designs really do just make themselves. I received this tiny vase for Christmas from Marius (thank you, Marius!) and while cleaning out my design room I found this little...

9 May 2018 What is the meaning of this?

Create a minimal design with a few leaves to keep is all upright.

16 January 2019 Every. Single. Week.

Stand tulips upright in a shallow container with a suspended twig armature.

25 April 2011 Drinking straws become flower test tubes

Design 2: Up-cycle drinking straws to make tiny test tubes to hold the orchids on my willow twig blind.

1 November 2011 On The Street Where You Live

A floral design snapshot of what it looks like when walking down the streets of Vancouver this week.

9 November 2011 A snowball’s chance

I designed my posy to be light and feathery but also earthly, like a fresh snowball gathered from a forest floor.

1 April 2015 The Space Between

Traditional Hana-Kubari flower mechanic

20 April 2016 That Will Be

Freestanding willow twig armature design

2 September 2015 Happy Dance

Split a few bamboo sections to create a happy water source for miniature orchids