Dried & Silk Flowers
Flowers turn a house into a home. Floral decoration takes a room from dull to welcoming in seconds - and what better way to bring the freshness of flowers to your home than with gorgeous silk displays? Artificial flowers are no longer the also-rans to fresh blooms. Artificial and silk flowers are the first choice for home decor - they're long-lasting, pollen-free, and come in as many variations as there are natural flower arrangements.
Dried and silk flowers make a difference all over the home. Floral arrangements bring lightness and brightness to your kitchen. Flowers provide the finishing touch to a dining table for a party. They help bring extra interest to a dark corner in the living room. And they make a bedroom look irresistibly inviting.
What’s more, dried and silk arrangements do not have to be ultra-feminine or highly floral. With the wide range of flower, plants, leaves and grasses available you can create a modern, contemporary display using striking stems, use glittery decorations to create a festive theme, or decorate with hanging ivy, indoor trees, and artificial plants - with not a flower in sight.
The Benefits of Using Faux Floral
Dried and silk flowers look amazingly lifelike – you won’t be able to tell the difference unless you really get close. Plus, artificial flowers have one prime advantage over the real thing; they last, and last, and last….. You don’t need to spend money every week replacing your flowers and you know they will always look good – no wilting bouquets and tired blooms! – after a quick freshen-up with a wet cloth every now and again. It means that bouquets for special occasions will last for years.
If you don’t have green fingers, don’t worry. Silk and dried flowers need no special care and it doesn’t matter if you put them in sunlight or shade. And you don’t need to top up the water.
Silk and dried flowers and plants are also good if you, or a family member, suffer from a pollen allergy. And with no smell, they’re great for creating a beautiful environment without creating problems for people with allergic reactions to scent.
Creating a Silk Floral Arrangement
It may take a little practice to get used to working with silk flowers when you are used to fresh, but it will soon become second nature. You can create stunning displays using the same principles as arranging with fresh flowers.
First prepare the vase, planter, or bowl that you are using for the display. Cut dry floral foam to fit the recipient and slot firmly in place, gluing if necessary. Pre-trim any extra-long stems but be careful not to cut too much off at this stage. Think about the basic shape of your design and begin arranging the blooms depending on what you think will suit the flowers and foliage. Once you have a base of flowers you can add the focal points – standout blooms or objects to draw the eye.
It’s easy to arrange dried and silk flowers as they have wired stems you can bend and position exactly as you desire. If you don’t like how the arrangement is looking, adjust the positions of the flowers or simply start all over again. Because these flowers are not going to wilt, you can leave weeks or months before finishing a project.
Silk Floral Project Ideas
The uses you’ll find for silk and artificial flowers are almost limitless.
Create festive holiday wreaths with greenery, sculpt dramatic centerpieces for the dining table or wedding tables, craft a spectacular bouquet for a living room display, or make an arrangement for placing in an unused fireplace. Or decorate on a smaller scale with pretty single blooms in attractive jars and vases, and tiny flower arrangements using small boxes and miniature blossoms.