Artificial flowers look beautiful in vases and planters, but have you thought about these alternative uses? There are so many ways artificial blooms can be used, giving you year-round choice and versatility without any maintenance. Check out these simple effective ideas for around the home:
1. Bed canopy
Above source: Etsy
Artificial flowers are the perfect way to customise a pretty bed canopy. They add a beautiful floral touch to the canopy creating unique style. Fit them into an existing floral theme or use them to create a shabby chic, vintage or country style in the bedroom.
Click here for a whole range of flower garlands that would work well with a bed canopy.
2. Front door embellishment
Above: 42cm Artificial Wreath
Artificial flowers are the perfect choice for a front door ‘wreath’ which can be changed up to match the season. From a delightfully cheery holly wreath to take you through the Christmas season to a pretty summer wreath made of twigs and woven with pretty summer blooms, artificial flowers are the perfect way to create a long lasting, realistic and vivid display. You are of course not limited to a wreath shape and can hang any arrangement of flowers, either on their own or woven into a wicker frame. There’s never the issue of choice that you have with real flowers, especially through the colder months – using artificial flowers means you have a full range to choose from year round.
3. Elegant topiaries and hanging baskets
Above: Artificial topiary ball
Aside from pretty door wreaths, artificial hanging baskets and artificial topiary balls add class and grace to any front door, without all the required maintenance of the real thing. Topiaries in pots add a further dimension and help you really make an entrance.
4. Elegant headboard
Above source: Sweet teal (with tutorial)
Brighten up an otherwise plain headboard with artificial flowers, creating a gorgeous floral display. These might be hung in strips like the above example (click the link for a tutorial) or woven into a headboard. Create a pretty cottage look or choose bright bold blooms for universal appeal. The possibilities are endless and you can let your creativity run wild.
5. Feature fireplace
Above source: Happy Wed (this page has a tonne more awesome ideas!)
Artificial flowers are a wonderful way to brighten up the fireplace at any time of year and it’s easy to change around the display with the seasons. Why not display a garland of colourful leaves through the autumn season or artificial holly and fresh red berries through winter time? Spring and summer are a great time to introduce pretty blooms and with artificial flowers, you won’t be limited by choice.
6. Floating flower bowl
Above source: Smart School House
For a simple and effective display, float the heads from your favourite artificial flowers in a bowl of water. Choose just a few of the same flower, a selection of petals or a combination of flowers to create a floating bouquet.
A beautiful creative display year round that lasts and lasts with very little maintenance – simply wipe down the sides of the bowl and change the water from time to time to keep everything clean and fresh.
Want to use real flowers instead? Use bubble wrap to stop the flowers from collecting water on their petals and slowly losing shape, sinking, or looking abnormally arranged (click here for a fab tutorial!)
Above source: Angela Costumery
Artificial flowers can be worn year round in buttonholes, adding a pretty flourish to dresses and jackets. Unlike the real thing, your flowers won’t fade after a day or two and you can mix and match from a full range of blooms to suit your outfit right through the year. Buy a bunch to use in the home and take one or two for your outfits, or be inspired by this incredible dress (video below) and make a full flower-inspired outfit.