I wanted to do something really special and thoughtful for my Nan this Mothers Day. She’s the kindest person I know as she brought me up since I was three days old. She’s pretty much my Mum in my eyes. So, with her love of flowers and the quality of artificial flowers upping their game of late, I thought I would merge the two and create a DIY faux flower bouquet. Hopefully it will not only look beautiful, but more importantly sustainable, lasts for years and never risk the chance of dying.
Now real bouquets are beautiful and smell great. If I had all the money in world I would be popping to my local florist regularly, but we should all be turning to forever flowers – artificial faux flower options. Why? – because, well, there’s no chance of killing them if we are all honest with ourselves. Yep you plants killers know who you are 🙂 There are so many other advantages of artificial faux flowers though- monetary savings, environmentally friendly, the freedom to create various flower arrangements (a definite advantage for any interiors fanatic).
Luckily, my Nan is also not internet savvy so there’s no chance of her sneaking a peak at this present early via the blog or social media. Now lets hope I can fool my Nan into thinking these flowers are real in the process…
SOURCING THE MATERIALS:
My inspiration started when I visited my local HomeSense store and noticed their gorgeous range of artificial faux flowers. Some were being sold individually and some sold in bunches. I found a small bouquet which was perfect and as luck would have it, I found a further two to complete the bunch.
Then I needed to source a simple cylindrical vase. I wanted something which was big enough for the arranged bouquet and gave the effect of the weight of water and real flowers. Luckily for me, I was buying the faux flowers and vase from the same store. I got to see what I was buying, how real it looked and how it would look once arranged.
Last but not least, I needed a good quality floristry bag. Thank you ebay for always being there when I need you for these random items!
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN MAKE THIS DIY:
It’s time for what my husband calls ‘faffing’ but what I like to call ‘styling’. Its just about positioning the bouquets into the vase into right position for the most authentic bouquet look. Of course, if these flowers were for my own home, I would actually unpackage all three bunches into individual stems (they are only attached by string) and then arrange the flowers until I was happy. But for this DIY I have left all three bunches together for a couple of reasons.
One- because the wrapping adds to the ‘I just bought these flowers from the florist look and;
Secondly- I think its a nice idea for the recipient to have the chance to arrange the flowers themselves and let them feel like they are really involved with the present which automatically becomes more meaningful.
And for the finished look, I think its turned out beautiful and I know my Nan will love it. Every time we have visited a home store recently, she has been gravitating towards the faux flowers so I know I have made something she will love and cherish.
This DIY is incredibly easy and versatile. You could recreate for presents, a centrepiece for Spring, Christmas, House warming gift etc. And the beauty with artificial flowers is that you can mix stems and arrangements as much as you want, as styles and seasons change. I even tested this bouquet out with a few different coloured floristry bags (see below).
This DIY faux flower bouquet cost me under £60 to put together – which is cheaper than some bouquets from florists and more importantly this bouquet lasts forever!
What do you think? Are you leaning more towards artificial faux flower options? I’d love to know in the comments section below…
This post is in collaboration with HomeSense who kindly gifted me the faux flowers. I only work with brands and products that I (and in this case my Nan) will love that represent me and my brand and that I know you guys will love too!