Luckily, today’s artificial flowers are so detailed and lifelike, that it’s no surprise that they’ve become so popular. Besides owning a beautiful flower that won’t wilt, turn brown, or send someone into an allergy attack, silk flowers come in so many varieties that there’s no limit to the number of combinations that can be made. Not only that, they’re always in season.
Silk Flower Supplies
- Vase or Container
- Floral Foam
- Hot Glue
- Variety of Silk Flowers in assorted lengths
- Wire Cutters
- Hobby Knife
Basic Silk Flower Arrangement
For this basic project, select an opaque vase and cut a piece of floral foam to fit securely into the bottom of the container. If necessary, use a hot glue gun to secure the foam so that it doesn’t move. A sturdy base for the flowers is essential in presentation.
- Start with a focal anchor first. This should be the tallest flower in the vase, but no more than 3-4 times the height of the vase. The anchor flower should be what catches the eye. The color should be rich, and the size of the flower should be the largest flower in the display. If the flower seems to want to droop or lean too much, try trimming the wire stem just a bit to give it more stability.
- Once the focal flower is securely in place, begin adding the accent flowers. The accent flowers should be slightly shorter and smaller than the anchor flower, but taller than the lip of the vase. The accent flowers provide support and should pull the eye toward the center of the arrangement. Three to five accent flowers are enough.
- Next, fill in the gaps around and between the flowers. This can be best achieved with leafy greenery such as fern fronds, or smaller accent flowers such as Baby’s Breath, Eucalyptus branch, Forsythia, Forget-Me-Nots, and others. The goal is a full look, but not overcrowded. It’s also not necessary to have everything perfectly symmetrical. A slight bit of imperfection can give the arrangement a more realistic look.
It may take a few tries to get the hang of floral arranging, but the compliments on the finished product won’t disappoint. Friends may even ask what’s the secret? But perhaps the best thing about silk flowers is that the flowers can be reused over and over again in different arrangements.
Next time flowers are needed, consider giving silk flowers a try. It’s certainly a cure for an attack of “Brown Thumb.”