‘Tis the season for holiday movies, wearing toasty hats and getting some fake ones that everyone will admire. Wait, I’m talking about fake flowers. (What’d ya think?!) Anyway, real flowers are 1) are a tad too pricey for my budget and 2) die way too soon (ah, water, schwarter) so I’m all about snatching up artificial ones. But the trick is to make them look off-the-florist-truck real. Here’s how to spruce them up this holiday season.
How to Make Fake Flowers Look Real!
Tag, You’re Not It
I’m always embarrassed when a friend reaches over to tuck in the tag that was poking out from my blouse for hours. Point is, people notice that stuff. On clothing, it’s understandable. It happens. But nothing says fake flowers like a store tag still stuck to your lovely bunch of poinsettias. Give your fake flowers a good once (or twice) over to make sure people will see a flower, not a bar code (or a frayed leaf edge – do a string check too!)
Peek-a-Boo, I Shouldn’t See You
A fake flower “don’t.” Stay clear of clear vases and please, remove the tag.
I used to plop my artificial flowers in a clear vase and call it a day. My flowers looked great. But the stems? Not so hot. All I saw were a mess of plastic and wire “stems” that ruined the look. Sounds obvious, but making fake flowers look real means thinking about the entire picture, not just the pretty petal part. Silly me for not realizing sooner that clear vases aren’t always the answer. If I can’t help myself though, I at least add water to give the appearance that those thirsty stems are happy. Frosted vases or wicker are now my favorites for showing off all the real looking parts while hiding the rest.
Be Natural – Nothing’s Perfect
Making fake flowers look real is not about perfection. Nothing’s perfect (well, a nice pair of booties maybe, but beyond that . . . ) Real flowers bend, droop and have a few funky leaves. To give them that same look, I dig in . . . literally. I crumple a couple of leaves, bend one flower so it’s down lower than the others or so it has the appearance of stretching towards sunlight. When I’m really caffeinated, I bring in some dirt or real pine cones from the outside or even spritz with water before guests arrive for a fresh-plucked, snow-melted look.