Say goodbye to daily water changes, dropped petals and wilted blooms! Fabulous fuss-free fakes come in almost as many colours and varieties as their fresh counterparts, but last for years. They are the ultimate in low-maintenance loveliness. Try these ideas to get the most out of yours.
Upgrade a wreath
Bunches of white ranunculus, berry sprays and a fistful of green leaves are all it takes to transform a humble wreath into a beauty that’s fit for any garden-loving home. To make one yourself, simply arrange your elements, then work around the wreath, attaching pieces one at time using thin florist wire or small amounts of hot glue. Another choice we love? Peonies! Use them on your Christmas wreath or as tree decorations.
Make an indoor rose garden
Create one anywhere, with a lavish collection of cut blooms displayed in individual bud vases. Choose roses in similar tones, trimming stems where needed and bending their stems to droop a flower head or two. You can start your display with just a few, and grow your collection over time.
Create words in bloom
Adding an abundance of bright flower heads to craft projects and wedding displays is simple, as they can be easily pulled off their wired stems. The papier-mâché letters above are readily available in craft stores. Just use a craft knife to cut the front off each letter, then cut small pieces of florist foam to fit inside. Hot glue the foam to the letters, then add a dab of hot glue to the back of each flower head to secure them to the foam.
Display super succulents
On-trend succulents look good anywhere, and arranging them in a portable planter box makes it easy to move them from a sunny window to an outdoor table and back again. Mix up the varieties to include a range of sizes, shapes and colours in your collection, packing them closely together.
Re-create the beauty of a deciduous blossoming tree with a bunch of twig branches and a few flower heads. Simply pot the branches in florist foam or pebbles and dress the top of the pot with artificial moss. Hot glue individual blossoms to the twigs and scatter a few on the moss below.
Go under glass
You can build your own botanical display dome, complete with faux moss and a feathered friend, for much less than you’d pay in an exclusive homewares store. Keep it classic with a large magnolia or orchid spray or introduce glittering butterflies, fairytale mushrooms or miniature wildlife.
Make beautiful baubles
Need a bunch of thank you or table gifts? Simply stock up on inexpensive hanging glass spheres and fill the base of each bubble with a handful of white decorative pebbles. Pull the heads off a seems-so-real succulent, ‘plant’ them into the pebbles and finish with a length of ribbon to hang the bauble.
Only got 10 minutes to dress up a table setting? Find three tall vases, fill each base with pebbles, then top up with water. Use wire cutters to trim three blooms from a silk orchid stem and submerge one in each vase. Pop in a floating candle on top and your centerpiece is ready!