Fake flower arrangements with decorating tips and tricks are the focus of this post. I used the prettiest silks to create the realistic looking centerpieces you see here! While we all love fresh flowers, sometimes it’s just not possible or practical to have them in our homes. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite ways to style fake or faux flowers to use as centerpieces on a table.
I’m thrilled to be joining in the Styled + Set tour hosted by my good friend Lory of Designthusiasm.
In planning my daughter’s recent wedding reception (see that post HERE) Flowers are often a focal point in a wedding reception. I wasn’t sure if the color scheme that my daughter and I were envisioning would be available in fresh flowers. Several table ideas were set up in the house to get a feel for things. Since she lives on the other side of the country, Google spreadsheets and iPhone messaging were our big time friends! Although we ended up using the fresh flowers shown below for the tables, I would have felt totally comfortable with faux! We used the fake flower arrangements I’m sharing today throughout the house and everyone thought they were real.
Let’s start with the floral containers that I’m using. They are vintage chinoiserie orchid pots from an estate that I settled awhile ago and the blue and white are perfect for so many colors of flowers! Due to the shape of the pots they are meant for plants (orchids) and not ideal for fake flower arranging. Centerpieces on tables should be kept low to facilitate conversation and they are handy for that reason. I have another fake flower arrangements post (several in fact;-) that you can find HERE.
Fake Flower Arrangements – Containers
- Gather your flowers and lay them out in groupings according to color and type. My flowers came from aFloral who I often partner with. Look for the best quality flowers that you can find and head over there to see what they offer.
- You can choose to arrange with floral foam or floral tape. For the containers that I used I preferred to use floral tape because the shapes are awkward for cutting foam.
- Make a pattern with the floral tape crossing in the middle. I am not a trained florist but have done this many times over the years and sharing tips that work best for me.
- Using a glass container? Add water to make the flowers look realistic.
Fake Flower Arrangements – Cutting
- Place the stem of the flower upside down on the outside of the container for a height guide. Trim the stem with wire cutters.
- Sometimes faux flowers come in bunches. Don’t be afraid to take the bunches apart and/or remove the leaves.
- Vary your heights and colors…try to make the arrangement look natural and not perfect!
Fake Flower Arrangements – Tips
- An alternative to cutting is to bend the stems to the correct height. If you feel that you’ll be using your flowers for another fake flower arrangement this might work better in some cases. I do a mix of both and start filling the container with flowers first, adding greenery last.
- Make sure to turn your container so that you can see how the floral centerpiece looks from all sides.
- Don’t be afraid to bend the wires of your faux floral arrangements and have some flowers hanging down. This gives them a more realistic look.
- If you have live greenery mix it in to your arrangement. I find that with silk flowers the florals nowadays look so realistic, but the greens often do not.
Please watch the video below that accompanies this tutorial post
Here’s how I set the table, mixing in candles and grouping three centerpieces close together. Finally I could see my vision come to life!
We used the plates the day after the wedding for a breakfast brunch. Furthermore, since I’m taking faux…it’s hard to believe but the plates are paper and the flatware is plastic! You can find the full collection by my friends at Sophistiplate HERE on Amazon. Everyone was IN LOVE with these at our brunch!
Let me know if you have any questions, as always and please visit Jamie at So Much Better With Age who is next in our line up today.
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