How to Stiffen Fake Flowers

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How to Stiffen Fake Flowers
Make fake flowers stiff again for floral arrangements. (Artificial flower image by dimis from

Fake flowers made from organza or silk can become slightly wilted over time. When you want to create floral arrangements using fake flowers, stiffen them with a special spray designed for this purpose. Even without a stiffening spray, you can stiffen fake flowers using common household ingredients, transforming them into flowers suitable for any arrangement.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Stiffening spray
  • Extra-hold hairspray
  • Spray starch
  • Blow-dryer
  • Vase

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  1. 1

    Hold the fake flower upside down by the stem.

  2. 2

    Spray the stiffening spray, extra-hold hairspray or the spray starch over the underside of the silk petals to saturate them evenly.

  3. 3

    Arrange the petals while they are still wet.

  4. 4

    Turn the blow-dryer to low and direct warm air onto the fake flower to dry the fabric gently.

  5. 5

    Store the stiffened fake flowers in a vase until you are ready to use them in your floral project.

Tips and warnings

  • Test for colour fastness by spraying the stiffening product on an inconspicuous spot on the fake flower before proceeding with the stiffening process.
  • For increased stiffness, allow the initial application to dry completely and then apply more stiffening product to the flower petals.

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