Easy Guide to Decorating with Silk Flowers
Silk flowers, sometimes called ‘faux or fake flowers’, are artificial flowers made of polyester fabric blend or foam materials that resemble real flowers in design and colors. Silk flowers are used by most people for their homes and events. To get the best use of these flowers, you will need to have an understanding of how to use them in a unique way that will make them look their best; including the selection, arrangement, colors and care. Over the years, the beauty of silk flowers has improved and they are sometimes mistaken for natural flowers. Wondering how to add them to your decor? Here are some of the reasons why and how you should use silk flowers for decorating.
Always in Season
It is a known fact that not every event's time corresponds with your favorite flower of choice. Some flowers are seasonal and out of season flowers can be expensive. Often, it seems like there is nothing you can do about it, but that is not the case with silk flowers. It is because, while some species of natural flowers are seasonal and cannot be seen all year round, silk flowers are always available. This will help you avoid planning your party according to season - other than when it is suitable for you.
Use silk flowers to create a floral backdrop.
Variety of Colors
There is usually little, or no limit in colors for silk flowers. Without any doubt, you will be able to find the right color that suits your event or party décor. Natural flowers are usually limited in color, as they come in designated colors. Silk flowers come in just about any color you can think of. Choose colors that match your style or party theme and have your event looking stunning and well decorated.
Watch your decorating possibilities come into full bloom with silk flowers!
Long Lasting & Budget Friendly
One very good reason why you could decorate with pet-friendly, hypoallergenic silk flowers is because, they are very durable, and they last longer. When compared, silk flowers are more long-standing than natural flowers; this is because natural flowers wilt when used for decoration, even when kept in water. If you are using silk flowers to decorate, there is actually no need for you to add water to the vase. When used for décor, especially outdoor décor, you do not have to worry about packing them up too quickly - you just have to make sure they are not exposed to the sun for too long, as it can make the colors fade.
Do you have a budget for an event? Silk flowers are also cheaper when bought in bulk; and who knows, when you search well for a good deal, there might be an amazing sale that you might be able to take advantage of and stay on budget. In all, having your event looking beautiful is the main goal, so there is actually no need to break the bank just to do so.
Paired with Real Flowers
Silk flowers can be very alluring for decorations, but if you’re the type that still prefers natural flowers, you can always combine both of them for your décor. It is quite expensive to use natural flowers for your event; if you are on a budget, you can use a blend of both natural and silk flowers.
Pairing natural flowers with silk flowers is always gorgeous, as they can be made to blend well with each other. The combination makes it easier for you to get that desired floral arrangement you are aiming for, that will have your event looking stunning; providing you an elegant décor at a reduced cost.
Silk wisteria vine flowers look natural and won't break the bank!
Reuse for Multiple Events and Decorations
The durability of artificial flowers makes it possible for you to use them over and over again - if they match your color scheme and design. After having an event, the silk flowers used for decorating can still be used to decorate another event or your home. Simply store them away from sunlight so the color doesn't fade over time. There are also more ways to reuse your silk flowers such as for wall flower art, wreaths, floral napkins and so on.
How To Steam Silk Flowers
Just like every good thing, silk flowers require care before and after use. One good way to care for them is by steaming. It helps them retake their natural shape, and make them look their best. It is advisable to steam faux flowers when you purchase them because of the material used - to avoid it looking bent or folded.
One method is the use of clean water and a steamer. What you do here is to carefully steam the flowers (place or roll the flowers next to the steamer), and watch it work it’s magic on the flowers. For bulk flowers such as bouquets, you will have to spread the flowers out so that they can open up and look beautiful.
For flowers made with foam, do not roll it over the steamer; rather hold them down and place the steamer in front. You can also use your regular hair dryer and water spray. You just spray the flowers with water, set the dryer to medium, and blow dry the flowers – you will see them open up. For this method, please be sure to move the stems out of the way. If you don't have a steamer or hair dryer, you can also place the flowers next to a hot shower - the concept is the same as using a fabric steamer as the steam from the hot water will help the fabric petals to open up.
Pair charger plates with your menu and place cards for a gorgeous look.
Add a natural touch with artificial greenery or succulents.
Faux flowers are very decorative, they can be used for all home and party décor. It is also essential you use and care for them very well as they will allow you use them over a long period of time; getting you your money’s worth. With the endless possibilities of decorating silk flowers can give, we hope this article helps you decorate more with silk flowers!
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