Make fake flowers look realSeptember 23, 2012
First, let me apologize for being MIA recently! I’ve had to deal with a major pipe leak and the resulting damage that caused, in addition to a few more crazy life happenings. Anyway, I’m glad to be back blogging, and can’t wait to MAKE UP FOR LOST TIME!!!
I am not generally big into fake flowers. I love a fresh bouquet of fragrant roses or whatever. At the same time, after several days out in a vase, those beautiful roses start sagging, and then even if you change the water often, an unpleasant odor usually appears from the water emanating throughout the room. Needless to say, the maintenance-free element of artificial flowers is appealing.
However, you don’t want people coming into your house and saying “those are great fake flowers.” That would be a big fail! Instead make your fake flowers look more real with these cool tips:
- Avoid dollar store flowers. They are produced cheaply (DUH!) and therefore lack a lot of the details that can make a flower look more realistic. Instead, buy flowers from craft specialty stores, like Hobby Lobby or Michael’s. I actually got mine in the picture from Walmart, and they look pretty authentic to me.
- Select flowers of one variety and one color. This is more of a personal preference, but I find uniformity in the size, shape and color of the flowers makes the bunch look more authentic. When you select all one color and one variety, it looks like you picked a bunch of hydrangeas or a bunch of tulips or whatever from the florist. I selected white for my flowers because it’s obviously neutral and would complement my decor.
- If you don’t want to stick with only one variety of flower, then at least stick with one color palette- say greens. Then you can pick any flower type, style, and size as long as it is green in color. This gives it a uniform elegance.
- Use a clear vase to store your flowers and then, most importantly, fill the vase with water. Just as you would with real flowers, a vase filled with water will often fool the most discerning eye. I went a step further and poured some river rocks into the bottom of my vase for a rustic elegance look and I love the way it turned out.