Making faux flowers look real is easier than you think! Wouldn’t you love to have your favorite flowers blooming in your home this spring? Me too! Today I’m sharing easy to do tips to make your pretty faux boom look real!
Let’s talk about faux flowers! I am on a quest to make sure all home decorators know how absolutely fabulous faux flowers can look! And how to get the most out of each pretty bloom!
STUDY THE REAL THING
If you can, study real flowers.
Or at least find real flower images of the faux flowers you are thinking of buying online and give them a good look!
Since I was looking to buy poppies I wanted to study how the real ones look!
I found tons of poppy images. Here are just a couple…
For this flower, finding faux poppies with realistic stamens and pistils was important! And the crape paper look of the petals was high on my list too as was finding buds along with open poppies!
Also, I wanted to find poppies with fuzzy leaves and stems for a real look!
I was lucky enough to find everything on my poppy wishlist!
All of these things work together to help the faux poppies more believable.
Each flower is different.
When I graduated from college I was a bank teller for 5 months and went to bank teller school. One of my favorite things we studied was how to spot a counterfeit bill. And how did we do that? By knowing what the real thing looked like! I’ve never forgotten that important lesson!
Know what the real flower looks like so you can find one that will or almost will fool the eye!
BUY QUALITY BLOOMS
I think faux flowers have gotten a very bad rap in recent years. It’s because there are some very bad imitations of their real counterpart on the market!
I agree some faux flowers can look pretty bad so overlook those. And opt for gorgeous and realistic faux flowers! There’s more than you think!
My first choice for faux flowers is always a local source! If I’m trying to make faux flowers look real, then I want to see them up close and touch them! And I think local decor shops carry better quality blooms for the most part!
Here are a few things to look for in faux flowers…
- blooms that look real
- stems that look real and bend easily
- realistic leaves that are wired and bend
- centers that look like the real thing
FLUFF, IRON, AND BEND
One tip that will go very far in making faux flowers look real is to handle every single bloom. Fluff it. Make sure every petal is where it belongs. Gently shape each bloom with your hand. This will make a huge difference in the way your flowers look!
One of the biggest tale-tell signs a flower is fake is the way the leaves look! Crumpled up and folded leaves have no place in a pretty arrangement.
The poppies I found had beautifully realistic leaves. But the leaves were a bit too bent and folded.
You can coax the leaves to relax and you might even be able to get the fold lines out of leaves by gently pressing them with an iron.
Be super careful if you try ironing a leaf. Here’s the best way to iron leaves…
- test one leaf
- put a cloth down on an ironing board (I used a dishtowel)
- choose a leaf and smooth it out with your hands
- cover the leaf with a cloth
- on a low setting, gently iron the leaf
What I have found is most misshapen leaves respond very well to the ironing method. Just be very very careful!!!
I also like to give the leaf a little burst of steam. Sometimes it works but I have had a few leaves lose their stiffness or texture using steam.
And don’t forget to bend the stems of the faux flowers you choose. In real life, most stems have a gentle bend to them. So, gently bend each stem to mimic their real counterparts.
PUT FAUX BLOOMS IN A BEAUTIFUL CONTAINER
The right vase for your faux flowers is so important! Use the same vessel you would choose for the real deal! Think about using something as simple as a clear glass cylinder, like the one I’m using today, or something as iconic as a ginger jar or silver ice bucket!
Arrange and rearrange them until your arrangement is so pleasing to your eye!
CUT THE STEMS TO FIT THE CONTAINER
Don’t be afraid to cut the stems of faux booms. Remember our goal is to make faux flower look real! We want to make the flowers look pretty in the container we choose!
Wouldn’t you cut real ones to arrange in a container? Then do the same for their faux friends!
Look at the images below. Which one is more pleasing?
The flowers on the right have been cut to fit the vase. The flowers on the left have been put in the vase without being cut.
A big, big difference, right?
Cut each stem individually and add it to the container you are going to use. And use heavy-duty cutters for the best result.
DON’T BE AFRAID OF WATER
THE biggest way to tell if florals are real or faux when they are in a clear vase is the lack of water!
Yes, you can put faux flowers in water. But do this first!
Paint clear fingernail polish on the bottom of each stem. This works!
And use common sense! A week or two in water is probably about enough!
TREAT FAUX FLOWERS KINDLY
Faux flowers are hardy but don’t abuse them.
Keep your blooms away from direct sunlight as they can fade.
I like to put my faux blooms in a trash can (with other faux blooms) and then cover them with a plastic bag to store them. Standing them up and not crowding them keeps them looking nice so you can use them again!
With just a few easy tips you can have your favorite blooms gracing your home all spring long! And not only this spring but year after year!