One of my favorite things to do is create artificial flower arrangements. I love picking out the flowers as well as deciding what container to use. It can often take me 30 minutes or more to decide what flowers to use as there are usually so many to choose from! The other day I decided to see if I could make a simple little arrangement using artificial flowers from the dollar store. They had just stocked up on spring flowers so there were many to choose from. The dollar store also had an 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. The good news is that the dollar store sells floral foam (other craft stores sell it for $3 to $4…so you are saving money!). You will also need a hot glue gun and wire cutters (nothing fancy, artificial flowers from the dollar store usually cut very easily).
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 or 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!).
No matter 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 or in this case, HAPPY FLOWER ARRANGING!