Ahhh spring, it’s almost here!
For this month’s Michaels Makers challenge, I was asked to give our home a refresh for spring.
I enjoy adding fresh flowers to our home and it’s hard to resist during this time of year. But tulips can be tricky! I’ve tried flower food, penny in the water, sugar in the water, and they just flop over and die in less than a week.
Fake flowers would be great, but either they are 1.) too fake looking or 2.) expensive. Enter Michaels Floral Market.
I found these beautiful tulips that not only look real, but feel real. You could bend their stems to mimic the droopy nature of real tulips. But they won’t die! They were on sale for 50% off, so $2.50 a stem for 9 tulips means these cost the same as about 3 bunches (3 weeks) of real tulips. But these will live forever!
Here are some tips for arranging your faux florals:
- Florists cut fresh floral stems on an angle, cut the faux stems on an angle for a real look.
- When picking stems and a vase for taller flowers (not a “clump” like with hydrangeas or peonies), have the flower height at least 2 to 2.5 times the size of the vase.
- Cut your stems with a wire cutter: first score the plastic stem, then do a deeper cut to trim them.
- When buying faux flowers, look at the quality of the leaves too! Leave some on your stems, but not all.
- Arrange in layers, use an odd number of florals. For example, mine has 5 flowers around the bottom, then 3 in the middle, and 1 in the center. 9 total.
- Use Quick Water, a clear, hard-finish resin, to set your flowers and give the illusion of real water. I bought mine at Michaels using a 50% off coupon!
- To use the Quick Water, lay down newspaper on your surface and follow the instructions. It took minutes to do, an hour to set, and is really realistic.
- Use a mason jar or large 1/2 gallon mason jar (like I did) to create the effortless “oh these old things, I picked them from the yard!” look. :)
Here’s the finished arrangement.
My kitchen and dining room are already brighter because of these beautiful tulips! They’re even prettier knowing how long they’ll last. And how many trips to the grocery store I can avoid since I won’t be getting new ones every week or so. ;)
Michaels new Floral Market has over 500 new blooms and freshly picked projects make this the prettiest spring ever. Swap out a few tired, decor pieces or add a lovely bunch of florals to bring a bit of spring into your home.