How To Make Silk Flowers Look Real

Mar 21, 2021 | DIY, Holiday, Maggie Lane Designs

Happy Monday everyone!  We had a gorgeous weekend here in WV full of sunshine and spring temps so I thought this bright flower bouquet of yellow would be appropriate for Monday’s post.  This St. Patrick’s Day floral arrangement is a little late but it’s still March so I’m good :-). Plus it’s always good to know how to make a silk arrangement look real!  I posted a few weeks ago, my easy to do St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape (HERE) and promised this would follow.
How to make silk flowers look real |
How to make silk flowers look real |
Floral arrangements are so was easy to make.  See my post about how to create a wreath (HERE) but I also wanted to give you some easy tips on how to create an arrangement and how to make your flowers look more expensive!
  • Use a styrofoam bottom to stick the stems in
  • Lay chicken wire or using tape, tape off the top in both horizontal and vertical sections
  • Start with your largest flower and position into the middle square at the highest point you want your arrangement to be
  • Work around and down from that point, layering your flowers into the appropriate sections
  • Make sure your florals are spread out evenly and not bunched up into one spot
  • Add fillers of different stems, beads, berries, branches, etc to give your arrangement dimension
  • Want to give your arrangement a bit of shimmer, lightly spray with shimmer craft paint
How to make silk flowers look real |
How to make silk flowers look real |
How to make your silk florals look more expensive:
  • Choose a silk floral that is good quality
  • Spread out each leaf and petal to create a full look on each stem
  • If they are wrinkled, lay a towel over the petals and leaves and iron them on low heat
  • Cut the stems so that they look real if going into a clear vase of water
  • Want to give the affect of having living florals, add them to a clear vase of water
  • Use the appropriate combination of florals for the appropriate season.  You wouldn’t want hydrangeas with poinsettias.  
Want to save money and reuse your florals, keep arrangements out only for 2 – 3 weeks at a time.  Dismantle your project, wipe off each leave and flower with a warm wash cloth and let dry.  Mix and match with new florals and create a whole new look with a vase you have at home.  In my case, I used an old Ephraim pottery vase Thomas bought years ago!  
How to make silk flowers look real |
How to make silk flowers look real |

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  1. Carla Evans

    I love this flower arrangement! It really does look real to me????????

    • Bobbi

      Thank you! It was so simple to make. I took 1 bushel of flowers and cut them into separate stems and then add my fillers.


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