i’m usually not a fan of faux floral arrangements, but there are certain times when a faux arrangement is necessary. for a hospitality job i am working on faux arrangements are perfect for the lobby, no watering, no fallen leaves, no fuss, easy care is the order of the day.
so off to michael’s craft store armed with my containers, i had an idea of what i wanted; forsythia’s for the tall vase and a floppy hydrangea arrangement for behind the desk. we wanted a summer theme, so i was on the look out for some beachy finds at home goods … all on a tight budget!
- getting ready to create a few floral arrangements … i was prepared with wire cutters, floral foam and a knife to cut it and scissors ~ pretty straight forward.
i weighted the glass vase with rocks to keep it steady in the rattan basket then added floral foam. i like using floral foam to keep the arrangement in place.
ok here’s the after …
- but before you see it, i have to say i spent a couple of hours at michael’s craft store arranging the flowers. i ended up overbuying, which i normally do to save me a trip if i don’t have enough, so the arrangement time was cut down due to prep time.
- for me the main thing is to keep the arrangements simple like the hydrangea’s above or airy and light like the orchids below. greens are pretty easy, just keep it looking full and lush.
a few beachy accessories from home goods + michael’s and the job was complete!
some of my tips …
- 1. spend the extra money on quality it really makes a difference.
2. take your containers to the store and play with different flowers.
3. play around with the containers too, be unexpected and use a rattan basket like the one above it adds so much texture
4. when choosing an arrangement, i like to keep the flowers the same then add a unique piece or two for a pop of interest.
5. know the room … what colors are your working with? what sizes will you need? what’s the style or theme?
6. and keep an open mind, i wanted forsythia but there were none to be had, so i went with these beautiful orchids.