Artificial flowers will add beauty and elegance to your home. They are perfect for brightening up a dark corner or for freshening up a guest room. Create your own artificial flower arrangement using this step by step guide.
You will need:
Artificial flowers – flowers and foliage
Dry foam oasis
Pot tape or glue gun
Choosing your flowers and foliage
Choose a selection of blending flowers. If possible, use flowers that are in season together to make them look more realistic (eg Summer flowers – Lavender, Grasses, Delphiniums, Daisies, Iris, Roses). Use a mixture of shapes and textures if possible and ideally, a large flower, medium flowers and some ‘filler’ flowers, which are normally sprays (eg Gypsophilia or Wax flowers). Using a selection of foliage will cut down on the number of flowers required and give a more natural look.
Top tip: it is always best to use flowers in quantities of 1, 3, 5 and 7.
Creating your own arrangement
1. Cut the oasis to fit the container and secure with either a glue gun or pot tape. Cover with moss if you want to hide the oasis.
2. Add the foliage first. Cut the stems with the wire cutters making sure that they are cut to the correct height for the right shape. The height and width of the foliage is very important – the taller the foliage, the wider the arrangement. The foliage shape is the backbone of the whole arrangement.
3. Add the largest flowers next and place them evenly and slightly proud of the foliage. Follow with the medium sized flowers and finally, the filler flowers.
4. Rotate the arrangement to check there are no gaps to fill.
Top tip: whilst they don’t need the level of care that living plants require, they still need regular cleaning. Use a dry paint brush or a hair dryer (on a low setting) to remove dust. To avoid fading, keep artificial flowers out of the full sun.
Need some advice?
Our staff can help you choose flowers that blend well together. Please ask a member of the team on your next visit!