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I love flowers, floral prints, gardens, and all of that girly stuff. I think silk flowers can be really pretty and add just the right touch, but I’m pretty picky. The fake flowers need to seem pretty real and be displayed in a way that real flowers would be displayed.
A few months ago my husband bought me roses. It was right before my daughters birthday that I shared here on the blog, so you can actually see the roses in those pictures. These real flowers made a statement on me. I’ve had that round vase for a while, but I had been using it as a change collector and for something else before that, so I just recently realized how pretty flowers are in it.
Once I realized I wanted to create a real looking fake flower bouquet in this vase, I started hunting for flowers. I’m very aware of what’s available in Hobby Lobby (and the price tag for those – even when 50% off). I took to Amazon, where there are a bazillion options, but you can’t seem them in person. I started looking at the high rated flowers and reading through the reviews. I’m very happy with what I chose!
Before I took the picture above, I had already removed the flowers from the package, straightened the stem, and cut an inch off the bottom so they’d fit just right in the vase.
I knew I would want a lot of the fake water (or acrylic water, if you want to be exact) because each package is only a little more than a cup and this is a huge vase. I’ve used this before, so I knew what to expect. I ordered 4 packages.
Before you add the fake waters and permanently capture your flowers in the vase, get everything prepped.
- Put your flowers in the vase. Are they the right height? Cut them to the right height and practice arranging them now.
- Put plastic down on your work surface. I used a trash bag because it was handy. I taped to my table with masking tape.
- Clean out your vase. Make sure all the dust and finger prints are washed out.
- Mix together the fake water, one at a time, and pour into the vase. If any gets on the sides, immediately wipe it off with a damp cloth. (The fake water is created by two different bottles being mixed together … and whatever that is hardens into non-liquid.)
- Carefully place the flowers into the vase one at a time and create your work of art. Let stand there, this is the hardest part, for 24-48 hours to let the fake water set. You may have to put a sign up to “KEEP OFF”, but it is worth the wait.
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I really love these new flowers. You can’t tell until you’re a foot away and studying them that they are fake. Right now they’re on my kitchen table, but I may move them to my girls’ room. I’m just getting started on really decorating their room and these colors would go perfectly with what I’m planning, so we’ll see. I “borrow” decor from other parts of my house all the time.
Thank goodness for high quality fake flowers that make this kind of thing possible. Bad ones still exist, but fake flowers are getting better every day. And for seasonal allergy sufferers, they may be even better than the real thing. Ha!!
Have you ever used this fake water? Do you have any flower arrangements that you love?