Give up Silk Flowers?…NEVER! A Tropical Trio

Happy Mid-June…Can you believe Summer is here!

Time for a quick and easy DIY  Tropical Summer Floral Arrangement.

Silk flowers are never “Faux Pas” to me.  For natural realistic looking silks my best advice is to buy as an investment.   Spending a few dollars more on quality silk stems is well worth the extra cost.

My DIY inspiration for a small tropical arrangement came from Petals.com    

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Artificial Flower Arrangement

Price: $79.00  This small tropical arrangement is perfect for my small sofa back table.

I gathered the tropical stems I already had: Most stems I purchase from Petals.com, Hobby Lobby,  Michaels and JoAnn’s.

To keep them looking new when not in use I wrap them in cotton pillow cases then store them in plastic to keep out moisture and dust.  Once in an arrangement I dust them weekly with a feather duster.  Wipe, if needed with baby wipes. 🙂  Silk floral spray cleaner is also good to use for a quick fresh clean.

I had to improvise with what I had:

To mimic the black river rocks in the inspiration arrangement I used a small blue glass jar (once a candle) to sit inside a larger glass bowl. 🙂

I wrapped a foam cube with tropical leaves (I did not want any white foam showing).   Then with a drop of hot glue on the bottom of the jar I inserted the wrapped foam into the blue glass jar.

I inserted each stem into the foam with hot glue.  Finished it with a little moss between the stems.  Then placed the arrangement in the glass bowl.  A super fast and simple DIY.   


A Tropical Trio  

 $79.00 vs. $0.00

Minor change: I switched sides of the Red Ginger and Heliconia (aka: Lobster claw).  I also did not want to cut the stem of the Red Ginger any shorter. (ya never know, I may need to use it again for another seasonal refresh) Who would guess these flowers are more than 10 years old.  In my opinion, silk florals are not faux pas, they are forever lasting beauty.

Great things I love about quality silk florals:

  • Silk flowers actually have a polyester blend which helps keep their shape and helps them from fraying
  • Real touch silks are made of a liquid polymer soft coating. The look and feel is 100% realistic, high quality and more expensive
  • Fill a floral tube with your favorite fragrance and insert it among the leaves
  • Mix them with natural/real flowers for an added boost
  • They won’t wilt when used for hot weather outdoor events
  • No worry for allergies
  • Reusable
  • No matter what season, they are always in bloom

My other arrangements are still a delight from last year. (for the full post click on the title or picture)

Tropical Leaves and Flowers and A Beautiful Orchid

  

Create a beautiful arrangement for your home that will last all Summer long.

Thanks for stopping by    Enjoy your Summer

Create, and enjoy loving your home

Beautiful Bromeliads to Welcome Spring

Bromeliads are absolutely beautiful plants.  One of our favorite plants we buy from Lowes.  8632Aechmeabromeliad

 There are so many varieties.

  This particular one is called Aechmea Bromeliad pronounced  “eek-mee-uh”.

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I tried to capture the pretty tiny lavender and fuchsia flowers.  Aechmea gets its name from a Greek word meaning “spear tip”.  So placing in with the mighty lion seemed appropriate.  A bit exotic.8648AechmeaBromeliad

In one week more flowers blossomed. BWSB_8752BWS

This giant air plant, also a species of Bromeliad.  I believe it’s called  Tillandsia Air Plant  pronounced “till-and-see-uh.  We first noticed it growing on our Bottle Brush tree in May of 2015.  It’s getting so large I’m afraid the weight of it will cause it to just drop off.  I think it’s beautiful and amazes me every time I look at it.8426tillandsiaAeranthos

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Because we love Bromeliads and want to keep them year round, I purchased this silk one approx. 6 years ago.  Forgot where but as you can see, it’s still holding up. One place I go on-line for silk tropical stems year round is http://www.Petals.com. click here for the link. _8760BWSFor a simple centerpiece the Bromeliad is all that was needed.IMG_8765SBWSGlad it’s Spring……If you get a chance check out http://www.Petals.com   Great floral stems, arrangements and loads of inspiration.  WelcomeSpringEnjoy Spring.  Thanks for stopping by. signature

 

Fall Centerpiece

I want to share my DIY fall centerpiece made for our breakfast table, which I had much fun doing because I rummaged thru what I had. FallCenterpiece2015F

But first I needed inspiration:

Supplies I had:
Hurricane Vase
QuakeHold Museum Putty (what I keep in my DIY kit. Love this stuff)
Fall garland from Last year's centerpiece shown here
Rhinestones (Another DIY Kit keeper)
Hot glue gun for rhinestone application

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(Using this small glass for demo)

FC2015  FCputtyapp2015 Museum Putty does not damage surfaces. Simply remove, pull off from glass and reuse again. Sold at Home Depot, Lowes, Wal-Mart.

 Different view of back and inside

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Added rhinestones to the leaves and a tassel for extra sparkle

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I will change the pillar candle to a battery flameless candle for safety.

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If you get a chance, keep in mind the QuakeHold Museum Putty. It’s a great product to have on hand. I’ve used it for years. When we lived in CA with earthquakes and with dogs running thru the house, this saved objects and accessories from falling and being damaged.

Happy Fall.  Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy signature