Silk flower arrangements make beautiful, inexpensive decorations and centrepieces for holidays and special occasions. They add colour and interest without the expense, mess and worry of using live flowers. Silk flowers and fillers such as poinsettias, white roses, evergreen branches and holly create a colour scheme appropriate for Christmas. Creating these arrangements is quite simple and requires a short list of materials available at floral and speciality stores.
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Things you need
- Silk flowers
- Vase or basket
- Dry floral foam
- Wire cutter
- Spray glue
- Floral clay
- Hot glue gun
- Moss (optional)
- Pencil (optional)
- Paper (optional)
Purchase your silk flowers. The amount will vary depending upon the size you would like your silk flower arrangement to be. Good choices for Christmas include poinsettias and a variety of other white and red flowers.
Cut the floral foam to fit inside the vase. Floral clay or hot glue will help it to stay in place if it is loose. If using a basket as the base of your arrangement, hot glue an appropriately sized piece of floral foam to the bottom. If desired, use the spray glue to attach moss to the outside of the floral foam; this will make it more visually appealing.
Plan out how you would like your Christmas silk flower arrangement to look. A good way to do this would be to sketch out any ideas using the pencil and paper. Keep in mind that the big flowers should form the focal point of the arrangement.
Bend the wire stems of the silk flowers to how you would like them to look. Use the wire cutters to cut them to appropriate lengths, with the large silk flowers, such as poinsettias, having the longest stems.
Insert your large flowers into the centre of the floral foam. Fill out the arrangement with the remaining flowers, and place filler such as evergreen branches in empty spaces. An aesthetically pleasing example features red poinsettias surrounded by smaller white roses, with evenly dispersed green filler accents.
Display your Christmas silk flower arrangement on a table or counter top in your home during the holidays.
Tips and warnings
- Try different flower arrangement designs, such as horizontal, vertical, crescent and triangle shapes.
- Use hot glue to secure any silk flowers that fall out of the arrangement.
- Silk flowers can be lengthened for insertion using floral wire or floral pins.
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