Why Add Artificial Flowers to a Fresh Flower Arrangement?

If you want to get a much larger impact from your floral arrangements without spending a small fortune, try beginning with artificial flowers and filling in with fresh flowers.
This lavish arrangement would cost many times the $28.00 I spent on fresh flowers for this arrangement. When you add fresh flowers to artificial ones you fool the eye as to what is real and what is not. More often than not when I have added fresh flowers to artificial ones, guests assume the entire arrangement is real.
I began with my fresh flowers. I purchased two bunches of roses each for $10, two bouquets of hydrangea and one bunch of babies breath, those priced at 3 bunches for $12. I decided against using the babies breath which led to my $28 cost of fresh flowers for this arrangement.
This old urn has been painted a variety of colors to accommodate whatever I am decorating for, but it was fine in silver for my Paris party. I filled it with three blocks of Oasis floral foam which had been thoroughly soaked.
I moved all of my supplies outside so I would keep the indoors mess to a minimum. I look forward to someday having a nice sink and counter outside for arranging flowers.
I began with my artificial flowers, placing them to give myself the shape I was looking for for my arrangement. The flowers I used are a variety of artificials that I have collected over the years. Some of these are more expensive flowers and some are from the dollar store. When mixed together, it doesn’t seem to matter.
After I began my structure with my artificial flowers, I then filled in with my real ones. As the roses open they will blend even better with the artificial flowers.
This arrangement was a wonderful focal point nestled next to my glittered Eiffel Tower for my Paris Party. Yes, if you have a sharp eye, you will see the blue hydrangea are missing. Alas, hydrangea can be difficult and these did not hold up well, so I just pulled them out for the party. No use crying over spilled milk or faded blooms! I was still thrilled with the way my arrangement turned out.

Chloe Crabtree
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  • Mary Mary on Nov 15, 2017
    how to clean older flowers and paint them a different color, and not distorying them?


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  • Happy Days Hometalker Happy Days Hometalker on Aug 10, 2021

    A great idea, I used to " fill in" my outdoor garden with fake flowers, when the sun bleached the fake flowers I would toss them, it made the garden look full and vibrant.

  • Sandra nicky Sandra nicky on Aug 11, 2021

    When I first moved into my FL home, I saw a few places that were “naturals” for flower beds. I quickly stuck faux flowers in those “beds”. People’s Reactions were interesting. Some were horrified! This is Florida, real stuff grows easily here! Others saw my point: I want to see the beauty NOW. Reality can catch up later. I have to do the inside first & may not get to outside ‘til next year!!

    But All agreed the house had immediate “curb appeal”!