Silk flowers are the hassle-free approach to florals. Faux flowers and artificial plants are reusable, durable, non-toxic, and a budget-friendly choice for anyone looking to create stunning, no-maintenance silk flower arrangements.
Types of Artificial Flowers
There are several types of faux flowers including silk, real-touch, and plastic. Silk flowers typically have poly-silk blooms and leaves with a wired plastic stem, for flexibility. Real-touch artificial flowers are made of foam, latex, or have a latex coating which creates a feeling of a live damp petal.
To properly clean artificial flowers, simply use a feather duster, compressed air, or a hairdryer on a cool setting. Faux flowers can also be cleaned with a damp cloth.
Bending: Most artificial flowers have a wired stem. To design a fake flower arrangement that looks real, bend the stems to create an organic, fresh-cut look. To reuse your flowers without clipping the wire stem, simply bend the end of the stem to the desired height.
Clipping: Artificial flowers typically come with long stems that can be cut down to create different heights within your design. Use heavy-duty wire cutters to clip the stems. If placing in a vase with water, dip the end of your wired stem into hot glue to seal and prevent rusting.
Fluffing: For that fresh from the garden look, fluff up the petals and leaves of your artificial flowers. Some petals are wired and can be manipulated to imitate different stages of bloom. Pull back the leaves and bend any wired sections to give each artificial flower a slightly different look.
How to Create a Silk Flower Arrangement
Creating a silk flower arrangement can be as simple or intricate as you’d like. Because silk flowers are so durable, you can keep playing until you’ve found the perfect look for your design. To get started, here are a few styling basics. For styling DIY videos, visit and subscribe to our YouTube channel.
Preparing Your Vessel
Tape Gridding: Attach clear floral tape across your vase in parallel strips about one inch apart. Turn your vase and tape more parallel lines to create a checkerboard pattern. This grid will provide stability and support for your stems.
Chicken Wire: Use wire cutters to cut chicken wire wider than your vase, fold ends under to create a ball. Tuck the wired ball into your vase. Manipulate the wire to support the stems.
Floral Foam: Use dry floral foam for silks and dried florals. First, measure the width of your vessel and cut a piece of floral foam to fit inside. Next, tape down the floral foam so it’s secure, then you can start adding florals. Remember, once you’ve placed a stem in your floral foam it will create a hole, so plan before you start. Also, gently used foam can be reused when swapping out designs.