The Cheshire Area of NAFAS

Autumn 2016 How-to


Design for a Low Bowl Using Grid Mechanics

Follow the step-by-step instructions below to create your own distinctive arrangement.

Provided by Pam Fleming-Williams.


  • A shallow bowl - roughly 20/30cm wide - glass/ceramic/plastic - round/square/rectangular
  • Twigs from the garden or hedgerow - roughly 10 (the twigs should be around 10cm longer than the width of your bowl and about pencil thickness)
  • A ball of garden twine or some paper covered wire
  • 5 or 6 Ivy leaves
  • 1 or 2 Phormium leaves or similar (an alternative could be a couple of lengths of ribbon or lily grass or similar)
  • A small mixed supermarket bunch or a selection of garden materials
  • Two medium sized Elastic bands
Step 1
Step 2

Make a grid/structure from the twigs and twine to fit over the top of the container.

Secure to the container with the elastic bands stretched from the middle point of either edge of the grid and under the container to the other side of the grid. These will form a cross under the container.

Half fill the bowl/container with water.

Step 3
Step 4

Loosely weave Phormium leaves through the spaces in the grid to create rhythm.

Insert ivy leaves in two groups so that the stalks are in the water and they rest on the grid/structure.

Finally, insert flowers/garden materials to give contrast of texture, form and colour.

Step 5