One of my favorite things to do is create artificial flower arrangements. My favorite part of the entire process is choosing what flowers to use. Yes, it’s a difficult job…but someone has to do it (ha-ha). The other day I decided to do a little experiment and find out if it was possible to make a simple arrangement using artificial flowers from the dollar store. They had just stocked up on spring flowers so there were many to choose from (they also had a wide assortment of containers).
When creating a simple arrangement you only need a few things. First of all, you will need floral foam. Floral foam is what you use to hold the flowers in place inside the container. I was quite surprised when I learned that the Dollar Store sold floral foam as it can be quite expensive at regular craft stores! You will also need a hot glue gun and wire cutters (nothing fancy, artificial flowers from the dollar store usually cut very easily), and of course, a container of your choice.
When making your arrangement you want your flowers to be different lengths. I start out with four to six “main” flowers (depending on the size of the container). These flowers are usually the largest, the focal point of the arrangement (see picture below). Once I have glued the floral foam into the container, I then arrange my main flowers. Simply put a small amount of hot glue on the bottom of the stem and gently push the flower into the foam. Once this is done, all you have to do is fill in the rest. I usually use smaller flowers and leaves as filler. My filler flowers are usually a different (yet complimentary) color. Once you are done, feel free to add a bow (or a bunny rabbit plant stick!).
Whether you are using artificial flowers from the dollar store or fresh flowers from your local market, flower arranging takes practice! I have made an entire arrangement only to rip out all the flowers and start over. Obviously, large arrangements made with many types of flowers will be more difficult to arrange. Therefore, if you are new to the world of flower arranging start small! If you really want to learn the ins and outs of this craft, call your local recreation center or community college! They often offer a variety of flower arranging courses (at all skill levels). There are also many flower arranging “how to” books you can purchase.
So there you have it! I know this post was rather simple…so if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. As always, thanks for stopping by and HAPPY CRAFTING!!