A fresh flower arrangement is a beautiful way to add natural elegance and beauty to a room. Unfortunately, as beautiful as fresh flowers are, they never seem to last long enough. Instead of watching fresh flowers fade in an arrangement, use silk flowers instead. Some silk flowers look so realistic that you must touch them before you realise they are silk. Arranging silk flowers in a tall vase will give you lasting beauty to enjoy throughout the year.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Floral foam
- Utility knife
- Double-sided tape
- Tall vase
- Wire cutters
- Silk flowers (e.g., tulips, roses, daffodils, carnations)
- Assorted silk greenery
Cut a piece of floral foam that will fit snugly into the vase and will fill at least the bottom half to two-thirds of the vase.
Place a piece of double-sided tape on the bottom of the floral foam and place the floral foam into the vase with the tape on the bottom of the foam to attach it securely to the vase.
Select your silk flowers according to the type of arrangement you are making. Select only a certain colour of flowers or select only spring flowers or only summer flowers. Vary the kinds of flowers or use only one kind. Incorporate silk flowers in the budding stage and ones that are fully blooming. Select silk flowers that are a range of heights, with the tallest flowers being three times taller than the height of the vase.
Insert one or three of the tallest silk flowers so they are standing straight in the centre of the vase.
Insert slightly shorter silk flowers surrounding the tallest centre flowers. Use an odd number of flowers for the most pleasing effect.
Use slightly shorter flowers than the last group of flowers and fill in around the edge of the vase.
Add silk greenery around the outer edges of the vase to add green colour and texture variation to the silk blooms. Fill in with additional greenery any open areas between flowers, if desired.
Bend some of the flower blossoms so that they face in a variety of directions that are pleasing to the arrangement. Go over each flower and separate each petal so the blooms look natural.
Tips and warnings
- When deciding how many silk flowers to add to the vase, opt for fewer flowers instead of more. An overcrowded arrangement looks less attractive.
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