Making Silk Flower Arrangements

Silk flowers are an easy medium to work with when creating homemade crafts. Once you learn the basics of making silk flower arrangements, you'll find yourself ready to create more elaborate forms of floral arrangements.

Caring for Silk Flowers
When it comes to silk flowers, there are few rules. Silk flowers do not require much maintenance. To prevent dust and grime from building up, clean silk flowers periodically by taking them outside and using a hair dryer to blow the dust away. Another method is to place the flowers inside a paper bag with a cup of white rice and shake the contents. You can also sprinkle cornmeal onto the silk flower to serve as a cleanser. Place a plastic bag over the flower and foliage and shake gently. Discard cornmeal and, using the hair dryer, blow away any leftover debris.

Clean your silk flowers at least once a year by placing them into a bathtub of hot soapy water. You can use dish soap as the detergent. Air-dry the flowers on a thick towel, but avoid direct sunlight.

Benefits of Artificial Flowers
One of the most obvious reasons someone would choose to make silk flower arrangements over fresh flower arrangements, is an allergy to fresh flowers. Unless you are allergic to the materials, silk flowers are a great alternative. Silk flowers are also beautiful, hard to distinguish from fresh flowers and are virtually indestructible.

Making Silk Flower Arrangements
As with all materials, silk flowers are not perfect and can be a pain to work with. Stems can be hard to clip or bend, so keep a wire cutter on hand. Though silk flowers don't weigh very much, an entire bouquet or arrangement has the potential of tipping your vase or container over if you don't weigh the base down. If possible, pour marbles or place river rocks into the base to keep it balanced. You can also rely on a piece of florist's clay at the base.

Use large, round, colorful silk flowers as the focal point, but keep the tall or spiky artificial flowers as the line flowers (or flowers that will determine the height). Small bunches of cluster blossoms are best used to fill the gaps. Take advantage of foliage and tuck greenery in wherever needed.

If placing your bouquet in a glass vase, use a heavy-bottomed vase or add marbles or another medium to weigh it down.

Combining real accessories with silk flowers will cause the viewer to wonder if the entire arrangement is real or not. The addition of corkscrew willow stitches or pussy willow twigs that extend well beyond the flower tops is always welcome with any flower arrangement. Cattails, seedpods and other materials from nature can also enhance your bouquet, but it's best to use only dried natural items.

Storing Silk Floral Arrangements
Though these flowers might look delicate, silk arrangements are quite hardy and with proper care, can last for years. Make sure you clean your silk flowers thoroughly before you store them.

For storing purposes, you'll want to find a box that is long and large enough that you don't have to crush the silk flowers in any way. Packing peanuts are the perfect medium to add some padding, but if they are not available, use bubble wrap. Store the flowers in a cool, dark place that is free from dampness.

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