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(faux) flower arranging 101


Learn the secrets behind creating a realistic flower arrangement out of fake flowers from the craft store.


Learn the secrets behind creating a realistic flower arrangement out of fake flowers from the craft store.  Tutorial at www.andersonandgrant.com



Having fresh flowers in your home is always nice.  They make your house smell good and add a beautiful touch of nature to any room.  But unless you have a large cutting garden in your backyard, these fresh flowers can get expensive.  And the arrangements only last for a short amount of time, regardless of how good you are about changing the water and adding flower food.





You don't have to purchase fresh flowers to have a beautiful springtime arrangement on the table.  Learn the secrets behind creating a realistic flower arrangement out of fake flowers from the craft store.  Tutorial at www.andersonandgrant.com



Learn the secrets behind creating a realistic flower arrangement for spring out of fake flowers from the craft store.  Tutorial at www.andersonandgrant.com



For that reason, it is nice to have some faux flowers to arrange that at least mimic the feel of the real thing.  Although they lack the sweet smell, they can look just as pretty as an arrangement in the center of your dining table or on your nightstand.  


So how do you make fake flowers from the craft store look more like the real thing?  Let's find out.....


Learn the secrets behind creating a realistic flower arrangement out of fake flowers from the craft store.  Tutorial at www.andersonandgrant.com

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CHOOSE A CONTAINER

Begin with  a decorative container that you love.  What you are placing your flowers in is just as important as the flowers themselves.  And you don't have to choose a vase.  You can make a flower arrangement in a pretty bowl.  Or a mason jar. Or a vintage tin with the lid taken off.  Or........  You get the point.  Look around your home and find something a bit out of the ordinary to hold your arrangement.


This wicker basket has a glass insert making it the perfect "vase" for a spring flower arrangement.  I picked it up last summer at Michaels for about $5.  It has a rustic farmhouse style and is also useful for displaying a candle or even kitchen tools on the counter.  (While I can't find the same one that I bought online, Bed, Bath, and Beyond has a lantern that is close here.)



Learn the secrets behind creating a realistic flower arrangement out of fake flowers from the craft store.  Tutorial at www.andersonandgrant.com



FIND REALISTIC FLOWERS

The first secret to making your faux flower arrangement look less fake is to choose flowers that appear realistic.  They don't have to be expensive stems that cost $10 apiece.  All of the tulips in my arrangement were from one bush that I got at Michaels for $1.99 on sale.  Hobby Lobby also has really pretty flowers that you can get for a low price by watching their sales or using a coupon.


My favorite part about these tulips is that the stem is thick and really resembles that of a fresh flower.  The flower petals have texture to them which helps give a more realistic feel.



Learn the secrets behind creating a realistic flower arrangement out of fake flowers from the craft store.  Tutorial at www.andersonandgrant.com



CUT YOUR FLOWERS APART

The second secret to making your flower arrangement look like you just brought it home from the florist is to cut the bush apart into individual flowers.  This seriously makes the biggest difference.  Then you can actually arrange and place the flowers just as you would fresh tulips.  (And since I am placing my flowers in a clear glass container, I want to be able to see that each stem is a single flower, and not held together as a bush at the bottom.)


All it takes is a few snips from a pair of wire cutters and you've got a bunch of individual flower stems to arrange.



Learn the secrets behind creating a realistic flower arrangement out of fake flowers from the craft store.  Tutorial at www.andersonandgrant.com



BEND THE STEMS

And the third secret to realistic faux flower arranging?  Bend the stems.  A real flower does not stand perfectly straight on it's stem.  And flowers like tulips often droop over the sides of their container when placed around the edges.  Adding a gently bend to the wire stem will let it stand more like a real flower.



Learn the secrets behind creating a realistic flower arrangement out of fake flowers from the craft store.  Tutorial at www.andersonandgrant.com



CHOOSE A FILLER

In addition to your choice of faux flower, you'll need to pick up some (realistic) type of greenery or bushy flower that mixes with your flower choice.  This acts as a filler to make your arrangement feel more grand.  And as an added bonus, the filler will act as a flower "frog" and hold everything in place.  Look for something that will not only add some body to the arrangement, but will also spill down the sides a bit like this one does.  


And now for the actual (faux) flower arranging........




Learn the secrets behind creating a realistic flower arrangement out of fake flowers from the craft store.  Tutorial at www.andersonandgrant.com



CREATE YOUR FLOWER ARRANGEMENT

Place the bush of greenery into your container of choice and do a little fluffing to distribute it around.


Learn the secrets behind creating a realistic flower arrangement out of fake flowers from the craft store.  Tutorial at www.andersonandgrant.com



Begin placing your flowers around the base of your container and work your way around and up in your arrangement.  Spread them evenly, but don't place them too perfectly.  You want it to look natural.  That is why I love cutting the flowers from the bush.  It gives your more control over where the flower is placed.  Show some flowers drooping over the edges.  Lift the flowers in the center up further than the ones around it (that is where your greenery will help give you a boost.)



Learn the secrets behind creating a realistic flower arrangement out of fake flowers from the craft store.  Tutorial at www.andersonandgrant.com



Take a look at your arrangement from all angles and adjust the flowers if needed.  Like I said, you want the arrangement to be even, but not perfectly spaced from flower to flower.



Learn the secrets behind creating a realistic flower arrangement out of fake flowers from the craft store.  Tutorial at www.andersonandgrant.com



What you'll end up with is a floral arrangement that looks like you put thought into your decorating and spent time creating something, rather than plopping a $2 bush inside a vase.



Learn the secrets behind creating a realistic flower arrangement out of fake flowers from the craft store.  Tutorial at www.andersonandgrant.com



But, does this flower arrangement seem like too much trouble?  How about something even simpler, then......



Learn the secrets behind creating a realistic flower arrangement out of fake flowers from the craft store.  Tutorial at www.andersonandgrant.com



Learn the secrets behind creating a realistic flower arrangement out of fake flowers from the craft store.  Tutorial at www.andersonandgrant.com



CREATE A SIMPLE FLOWER ARRANGEMENT

Again, you'll need to choose a decorative container.  For these flowers, I picked a vintage enamelware pitcher.  The white contrasts nicely against the purple flowers and green leaves.



Learn the secrets behind creating a realistic flower arrangement out of fake flowers from the craft store.  Tutorial at www.andersonandgrant.com



This single bunch of flowers is a bit more fancy and has stems that are of different lengths with two different types of leaves.  For that reason, there is no need to add extra greenery or cut anything apart.


Simply place the bunch of flowers in your container........



Learn the secrets behind creating a realistic flower arrangement out of fake flowers from the craft store.  Tutorial at www.andersonandgrant.com



Fluff and separate the individual blooms........



Learn the secrets behind creating a realistic flower arrangement out of fake flowers from the craft store.  Tutorial at www.andersonandgrant.com



And admire your completed arrangement.



Learn the secrets behind creating a realistic flower arrangement out of fake flowers from the craft store.  Tutorial at www.andersonandgrant.com



When you bring a bunch of (faux) flowers home from the store, they are all going to require a little fluffing, bending the stems around and adding a little something extra to make a beautiful arrangement.  But unlike arranging real flowers, these ones will last for as long as you are enjoying your work.  An arrangement of faux flowers can be just a pretty for everyday decorating and will cost you a lot less.



Learn the secrets behind creating a realistic flower arrangement out of fake flowers from the craft store.  Tutorial at www.andersonandgrant.com





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