I used to decorate my home at Christmastime with live greens. I love the evergreen smell that wafted through StoneGable. But I did not like changing sap laden water and cleaning up dropping needles and having to replace the greens every 10 days or so.
But one year I just got tired of all the work. There had to be a better way! So I went on a quest to find great faux greens that looked like the real deal! And my search paid off! It was like a Christmas miracle! I had no idea such beautiful faux evergreens really existed! Okay, they did not smell Christmassy but they certainly looked Christmassy… and real! I’ve collected boxes and boxes of live greens over the years. And now I think of myself as a faux greenery aficionado of sorts. So today we are talking about choosing and decorating with faux Christmas greenery!
When I decorate with faux Christmas greens I like to keep it simple and let the greens show off their beauty! Here are a few tips for choosing and decorating with faux Christmas greens.
Real or faux? Hard to tell! These are my go-to faux Christmas greens!
- Buy the best fakes you can. I know I might get some blow-back when I say this but when you want artificial greens that look as close to the real thing as possible skip the large craft stores. They do have greens but they are usually not the best quality.
- Shop local decor shop or big flower outlets for the most realistic greens. Or shop reputable sources online.
- Shop sales! You will be amazed at all the Christmas decor already on sale now. The faux evergreen branch above was $4.90 and I got it on sale for 25% off!
- Choose sprays of greens that are real life size. If you want your faux greens to look real, they have to be the right size.
- Think about buying a realistic garland (on sale, of course) to cut apart. You get lots of greenery for the money!
- Mix different types of greens. When arranging greens make sure to mix a variety of different evergreens and other greenery together. You will be rewarded with a much more interesting and realistic arrangement. I filled the pottery lanterns with a short needle evergreen and a long needled pine.
- Add the correct pinecone to the type of evergreen sprays. It will make your arrangments look so much more authentic.
- Fluff, bend and arrange each evergreen branch individually. Don’t just plunk faux greens in an arrangement without “arranging” them.
- The most popular types of faux greenery are… short needle evergreen, pine evergreen, cypress, boxwood, and juniper.
- Collect faux greenery little by little. I’ve been collecting high quality (all on sale) fakes for years now and I have accumulated quite a stash. I can now decorate my home with all the greenery I have collected. It takes time to build up a great collection. Add to your collection every year!
- Choose 3 or 4 different types of greenery to collect and keep collecting just that. I chose a short needle evergreen, pine, and boxwood. It’s so easy to mix and match them!
- Collect other “add ins”. I also collect red berries, white berries, tiny stars, pinecones (you know my obsession with pinecones), antique ornaments and more! I accent my arrangments with these items but most often I let the greens be the star!
- Don’t be afraid to cut your faux branches and garland apart. I do this all the time! I save every little piece of green. Sometimes all you need are a couple sprigs of some pretty greens to make something look festive!
- Take care of your great faux greens. When the season is over swish them in warm sudsy water, rinse them and let them air dry. They collect dust and grime and need to be cleaned. Just make sure they are totally dry before putting them away.
- Keep faux greens out of direct sunlight. Some of them will fade.
- Straighten out the stems and branches before storing them away until next Christmas.
- Store like faux’s together in clear plastic boxes with tight fitting lids. Store them in a cool, dry place.
- It’s a good idea to wear a light pair of garden gloves when working with faux greens. Like their real counterparts, they can scratch!
Decorating with real greenery is quintessential Christmas! But if you are like me, and tired of the mess they cause then you might want to think about switching to fabulous faux! If you do… you won’t go back!
*I’ve had so many questions about where I get my greenery. I find them locally. My favorite place for greens is The Old Millhouse Shoppes but they do not carry them online. Check out your local decor shops, they often carry the best and most realistic greens.
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