How to Care for Fake Flowers and Artificial Plants
Artificial flowers are the hassle-free approach to florals. Fake 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.
Dried Flower Tips + Tricks
Dried flowers and preserved grasses are low-maintenance, reusable, and can last for years if properly cared for. Preserved flowers and greenery are preserved with a glycerin coating, locking in the plants fresh-cut look and feel. Preserved greenery is typically soft and supple. Dried flowers are air dried, not preserved with a coating, therefore tend to be crisp, and delicate. Before creating a dried flower arrangement, dried floral bouquet, or any DIY dried flower craft follow these simple tips and tricks.
To properly clean dried flowers of dust or debris, gently dust with compressed air or a hairdryer on a cool setting. For dried florals that shed such as pampas, gently shake off any excess. To prevent shedding, apply a coat of hairspray.
Store dried flowers and preserved grasses in a cool, dry area out of direct sunlight. To prevent fading, apply a clear UV protectant spray.
Fake Plant Tips + Tricks
Artificial greenery and fake plants are a reusable and hassle-free alternative to live plants. Because artificial plants are durable and non-toxic, they’re a great choice for anyone without a green thumb, a low light home, or with children and pets.
How to Clean Artificial Plants
Most artificial plants are made of non-toxic plastic or wired poly-silk stems which makes them easy to clean. Simply dust with a damp cloth/paper towel or blow off with compressed air.
How to Style and Plant Fake Plants
Bending: For artificial plants with a wired stem, bend and fluff leaves to create an organic look. Team Tip: Draw inspiration from an image of a live version of your plant - bend, and fluff to match.
Planting: Fake plants are typically pre-potted or have a long anchor stem for planting. To plant outdoor artificial plants and flowers with an anchor stem, plant directly in the ground as if you were planting a real plant. For high wind areas, attach the anchor stem with a twist tie to a small ball of chicken wire before planting. For planters or window boxes, line your vessel with a chicken wire ball and secure with zip ties. Next, bend your stems to the desired height, attach stems to the chicken wire ball, and cover with soil or moss as if you're planting a real plant.