Making an artifichal flower arrangement can be fun and have wonderfully beautiful long lasting results. Artifichal flower arrangements have taken new meaning in part because of the quality of materials used to create live like flowers. A lot of progress has been made since the time of the plastic flowers that many of us fondly remember at "fine" dining establishments or at grandma's house as a centerpiece.
When working with artifichal flower arrangements, a little goes a long way. Try to keep choices of flowers in odd numbers, it tends to work well especially if you are using a smaller number of flowers. If possible use some real mixed in with the artificial, baby's breath and using ferns adds a lot of reality for very little cost. Form the flowers to not be uniform - again the more lifelike the better!
Another idea that works well is to use dried flowers in an arrangement, many flowers dry well and unlike the real variety last much longer which is an added bonus. Enjoy fresh flowers for a few days and then hang them upsidedown to dry, once they are dry you can use them in an artifichal flower arrangement. Use care when making an arrangement with dried flowers as they tend to be fairly brittle and it is easier to break the stems.
You can use wire cutters to shorten the stems, or likewise use floral picks to lengthen the flowers. If you are using a clear vase or container fill the bottom with sand, colored marble rocks or shells to give the arrangement better strength and to cover the wire from stems you have lengthened. If the stems show over where you have the bottom layer use green florist tape to cover them up - nothing gives away artifichal flowers faster than a wire stem.
When it comes to cleaning artifichal flower arrangements many can be swished around in warm soapy water, then rinsed in clear water. To prevent having to clean the flowers on a regular basis use a hair dryer on a low setting to keep them clean.
Most of all remember that one of the greatest advantages of artifichal flower arrangements is not only are they beautiful to look at - they are almost impossible to kill! Be creative and enjoy working with your artifichal flower arrangements.
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