I love spring blooms! But they are so short lived. And in some areas, quintessential spring flowers don’t bloom at all. So what are we to do when spring is in full swing and there’s not a blooming tree in sight? I say get out the faux blooms. I look for faux flowers that are so so real that you almost have to touch them to tell! Here are creative ways to use faux spring flowers.
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Faux flowers are not like the one’s you remember your mom and grandmother using! Not at all! But there is a secret to using faux flowers in your home. Make sure they are very, very, very authentic. I usually purchase my great fakes at local decor shops. Pottery Barn carries nice faux blooms too! Yes, they are expensive but they last for years. Fabulous faux flowers, to me, are a marvelous investment!
I usually buy them on sale after the season and keep collecting every year! I have a pretty impressive arsenal of fool-the-eye spring flowers.
Here are some ways to use spring blooms in your home!
Easter will soon be here. And this is an arrangement with lots of Easter appeal! I filled a simple glass cylinder with faux pastel eggs and then arranged the branches. I don’t like to see the bottom of faux flower stems at all!!!!!! So I try to hide them creatively! Super easy. This arrangement took less than 10 minutes to make! See it HERE.
I think one of the prettiest ways to celebrate spring is to make a vignette. And I used a combination of faux tulips and real stock together in a pitcher as the star of this citron an white vignette. I often fill in my faux bouquets with real flowers and no one ever dreams they are fake! When the real flowers are spent I set the faux ones out to dry and then put them away. You can see the SPRING KITCHEN TABLE VIGNETTE HERE.
Faux or real… or both? I put these pretty blooms in a silver teapot. Silver and spring flowers are perfect together! Elevate the everyday! Elevate the faux!
Beautiful long faux branches should be able to reach for the heights in your home! I used a tall glass cylinder with moss in the bottom of it to hide the giveaway faux stem ends. These branches stood very upright. Remember to bend and “fluff” your stems and blooms. I wanted the stems to have lots of heights but with some gentle and realistic bend to them.
The bird’s nest at the base of the vase is not real either but looks it! I made it!!! And it was so easy and a little sticky to make. You can see a tutorial for making the nest HERE.
My very favorite way to display faux spring flowers is in a wide, big urn. I found this one several years ago at HomeGoods and knew it belonged here at StoneGable! I like to fill the urn up and let the blooms spread out and overflow!
You can see the rest of the dining room in early spring HERE.
And I use the urn with the same faux spring blooms in my living room too!
For the last two years I have used a pitcher full if white and greenish tulips on my mantel. The local shop I go to for flowers carries them every year. So I buy a bunch or two every spring when they are on sale! I think any flower real or fake looks gorgeous in a white pitcher! You know how I love white!
Who could resist a little bit of yellow daffodil sunshine? These are faux tete a tete daffodils in a little pot! I think they are very realistic… faux dirt and all! I put them in my built-in hutch in the dining room and they look so sweet and happy with my dishes.
If you can find something like these potted bulbs scoop them up. They really are a treat!
Don’t forget your front door! Make a pretty wreath using faux flower and pussy willow like the one below. Here’s where I might skimp on faux that look perfectly life-like! A big craft store usually carry blooms good enough for an outdoor wreath!
To see 5 GORGEOUS SPRING WREATHS using faux flowers click HERE.
The absolutely sweetest way to use not quite real flowers is to embellish a nest! These pretty little cherry blossoms came from the cherry blossom trees we used to decorate the church for my daughter Jacqueline’s wedding to Jonathan! I saved every single stem and used them to decorate something. My cherry blossom wreath is one of my favorites. Look for a new cherry blossom wreath coming soon.
You can see more ways to embellish a nest HERE. (This is an old post and the images are not very good but the content is!)
As you can see I am not opposed to using gorgeous faux spring flowers… not one little bit. Another tip to help them look more realistic is to use them sparingly! You do not want your home to look like a florist’s!
And one more tips! Fluff and futz (Lancaster Co. word) with faux flowers. Bend the stems, snip off the ends of perfect leaves, open buds, etc to make them resemble their mother nature counterparts!
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