How to Decorate with Fake Flowers-Tips & Tricks

The snow has melted and the sun is shining,  I am in the mood to get my spring on.  I  LOVE fresh flowers!  I usually buy mine at the grocery store, but this week they were hard to come by.  So what's a girl to do when fresh flowers aren't an option?  Go shopping at the craft store for some fakes. I made a trip to our local craft store and picked up a few stems of forsythia and a bouquet of roses.  


Here are my 3 tips & tricks for decorating with fake flowers to make them look real:


When shopping for fake flowers, take your time, the options can be overwhelming.  I buy silk flowers that have the closest color and texture to the real deal.

Wait for sales, I never pay full price.

Go to yard sales, people give them away.

Buy flowers that are in season. For example, spring is here. I bought the forsythia because they bloom in early spring.

Creative Arrangements:

Breathe creativity into your space by placing your fake flowers in unique containers.  Use tin cans, glass jars, candle holders, teacups, metal buckets, anything that you feel will add personality and character to the arrangement.  Just make sure the containers you choose are different in height.

I like to use mirrors.  Mirrors add dimension which makes the arrangement look twice as big than it actually is.  Put water in a clear vase along with your fake flowers this makes the arrangement appear to be real.  Bring in natural elements like moss, stones, and wood.  Mixing these natural elements with your fake flowers brings a sense of life to them.  Your guests will never know they are fake unless they touch them or smell them.


Add Live Plants 

I added an aloe vera and kalanchoe plant to the vignette.  By mixing real with fakes it tricks the mind into thinking the fakes are real.


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Do you have any tricks up your sleeve for decorating with fake flowers? I would love to know! Please feel free to share!



Amy Ellis said…
As much as I love real flowers, sometimes fake is the only option. Love your tips, the flowers do look real actually!!
Sandi Magle said…
Even after working with silk florals for over 20 years, sometimes I still have to touch them out in public to see if they are real or not. I think they have had a tough time...thank-you Oprah,Martha...for poo-pooing artificial flowers, when they are the masters of disguise and affordable for the average person.Your tips are great and your display is lovely---Thanks, Sandi
Julie Nichols said…
That's for sure...They are masters of disguise and affordable. Thank you for the visit and the awesome compliment!
Your floral vignette looks lovely! The fauxs can be so real looking today, sometimes it's very hard to tell the real from the fake. I like using both!
Julie Nichols said…
Thank you so much Carol! Yes that is so true about faux flowers looking real. I see good minds think alike. Thanks for stopping by!
Stacey said…
Faux flowers have gotten so much prettier in the last year or two! I shunned them for a long time without looking and now I love them. :)
Unknown said…
I do like using faux flowers when real aren't growing in my backyard. You know faux used to be done all the time and then after being bashed they disappeared and now are much more expensive than they use to be. In the past I found great deals with flowers that looked great. Maybe it was a marketing plan to raise the price of the faux flowers.
xinex said…
I love your flowers and I love that yellow cabinet...Christine
Julie Nichols said…
I feel the same way Stacey. Some of them look so real.
Julie Nichols said…
Janet I agree faux flowers were popular a few years back. I'm glad they made a come back. I only buy if they are on sale. Thank you for the visit!
Julie Nichols said…
Thank you Christine, the cabinet is a favorite of mine too. Glad you stopped by!
I love using taller stems like your forsythia. The container you put them in is lovely. I also love the combination with live plants. Happy Spring!
Julie Nichols said…
Thank you Melanie for the visit. Enjoy your spring!!