Silk Floral Bushes Make Easy
and Economical Arrangements
Other tips for floral arrangements . . .
Use clear acrylic spray sealer to give fall gourds extra shine and dried flowers a boost. The spray comes in matte, satin, gloss and high gloss and is available where acrylic craft paints are for sale.
Glitter spray paint can add extra sparkle to holiday arrangements by spraying the edges of petals and leaves.
Clay pots make great
containers for silk
Creating a silk floral arrangement doesn’t have to cost a lot or require a class in flower arranging. Next time you’re in need of a quick seasonal arrangement, take a stroll through your local craft store’s floral bush aisle.
Every change in the season,
you’ll find this aisle bursting with the colors of fall, winter, spring and
summer. Plus, these bushes make creating economical arrangements extremely
But the floral bush is just
the beginning of your custom arrangement. Think of it as a blueprint for the
structure of your entire project. These bushes make great filler and you’ll
note how they are already formed with taller and shorter ‘branches.’
As for your container, be creative. A quick way to save money is to use an existing container, such as placing a fall silk arrangement in a clay pot you used for annuals during the summer months. You can also look for economical clay pots at discount stores and craft stores and simply spray paint them the color that you need. You can also spray paint the interior of glass vases you may have from fresh flowers you've received. Other ideas include using baskets and other unique containers.
To secure the flowers in the pot, you’ll need inexpensive dry floral foam from the craft store. Keep a dull chef’s knife (or one you purchased from the dollar store) handy for cutting the foam to fit. And, if your pot is not deep enough to hold the stem of the bush as is, keep a very sturdy pair of wire cutters with your equipment for dismantling the bush.
When you finish your arrangement, you’ll want to have Spanish moss or other moss (available from the craft store) ready to tuck in and around the base of your stems to cover any spaces where you can see the floral foam and to give the arrangement a finished and professional look. For a special holiday flair, add a little scent to your arrangement by substituting potpourri for the moss.
An additional tip – before
you start your floral project, know where and how you’re going to use the
piece. For example, will it be against a wall or will it be in the middle of
a buffet where it will be viewed from all sides? This makes a difference on
the placement of accent flowers.