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How To: Fake Flowers!

I cannot tell you how much I love flowers! Don't get me wrong, I like my succulents, but there is something so feminine and fresh about a floral bouquet. But these days I don't have the time, money, or energy to put together a weekly arrangement... yet alone remember to water it.

Fake flowers get a bad rap, so this weekend I was determined to put together a few small, sophisticated bundles for my apartment.  You can check out my tips and final products below!

  The ACMoore fake flower section is an INTIMIDATING place. Thousands of colors, sizes, types, etc... it gets overwhelming very quickly! My advice is to stick to what you know. In terms of type, I love poppies and hydrangeas and with regards to the color palette, I think unnatural or very bright colors let you know they are indeed fake creatures. I love neutrals and whites, with subtle pops of pink and purple. Without a plan or over thinking it, I just grabbed what I liked (about 15 pieces total).

 

The ACMoore fake flower section is an INTIMIDATING place. Thousands of colors, sizes, types, etc... it gets overwhelming very quickly! My advice is to stick to what you know. In terms of type, I love poppies and hydrangeas and with regards to the color palette, I think unnatural or very bright colors let you know they are indeed fake creatures. I love neutrals and whites, with subtle pops of pink and purple. Without a plan or over thinking it, I just grabbed what I liked (about 15 pieces total).

  For the vases, I knew that I wanted the arrangements to be small and simple. I decided on a round vase, a mason jar, and a tin pail (all three were about $3 a piece).

 

For the vases, I knew that I wanted the arrangements to be small and simple. I decided on a round vase, a mason jar, and a tin pail (all three were about $3 a piece).

  In terms of tools, you will need scissors to trim the petals and make sure you have a good pair of wire clippers. I had no idea that fake flowers had wire in them, yet alone STRONG wire!

 

In terms of tools, you will need scissors to trim the petals and make sure you have a good pair of wire clippers. I had no idea that fake flowers had wire in them, yet alone STRONG wire!

  My first step was to organize my hodgepod assortment by type. This also allowed me to take inventory of what I actually got!

 

My first step was to organize my hodgepod assortment by type. This also allowed me to take inventory of what I actually got!

  Then I began clipping each flower stem down to the size of the vases.

 

Then I began clipping each flower stem down to the size of the vases.

  After that I got to work! There is no real method, only to keep in my balance and color.

 

After that I got to work! There is no real method, only to keep in my balance and color.

  I loved the idea of just white in the small  tin, so I played around with all white combinations.

 

I loved the idea of just white in the small  tin, so I played around with all white combinations.

  It's a lot of guess work, but you'll quickly get a sense of what combinations work and which don't!

 

It's a lot of guess work, but you'll quickly get a sense of what combinations work and which don't!

Final product 1

Final product 1

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Final product 2

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Final product 3

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