How to Make Imitation Water for Artificial Flower Arrangements
Flowers add brightness to home decor, but purchasing real flowers gets pricey and they don't last long. Make an arrangement with silk flowers which are less expensive and last considerably longer than fresh flowers. Look around your local craft supply store for silk flowers. Choose a vase for your arrangement. Anchor the flowers in your vase with realistic looking imitation water that you mix up at home. The imitation water will give your bouquet the illusion of fresh arrangement soaking up cool fresh water.
Use an artificial water kit or a clear polyester casting resin to make the imitation water. Instructions for each of these kits vary. Follow the directions for your specific kit.
- Flowers add brightness to home decor, but purchasing real flowers gets pricey and they don't last long.
- Follow the directions for your specific kit.
Make a grid with floral tape going from one edge of the vase to the opposite edge. This will help your flowers stand up in the vase while the water dries. However, if your arrangement is full enough to stand on its own, skip this step.
Pour the imitation water into your vase. Be careful not to splash or spill the resin on the sides of the vase.
Arrange your flowers in the vase. Let the artificial water dry according to its package directions. Remove floral tape if it was used.
- Make a grid with floral tape going from one edge of the vase to the opposite edge.
- Remove floral tape if it was used.
Make Tall Artificial Flower Arrangements
Tall silk flower arrangements are striking when placed on buffets, formal entryways and corner tables with the advantage of incorporating realistic blooms, everlasting. Fill the bottom of the vase 1/3 full of sand, pebbles or marbles. The foam needs be tightly fitted in and fill the vase, leaving about 1 inch space from the rim. Set the silk flowers next to the vase so the stems are separated. Carefully check each stem to make sure all the blossoms are attached. Shape the stems into natural forms. Place the flowers, while they are still laid out on the table, in the general placement you want for your arrangement. Concentrate on the color combination and size, texture variety. Insert the tallest, longest-stemmed silk flower into the floral foam. This will be your focal point flower in the arrangement and needs to be placed toward the middle or back. Continue to adjust and cut the stems and inserting them into the foam. Add greenery and filler flowers to fill in gaps and unbalanced areas.
- Tall silk flower arrangements are striking when placed on buffets, formal entryways and corner tables with the advantage of incorporating realistic blooms, everlasting.
- Set the silk flowers next to the vase so the stems are separated.
Because some of the resins may contain toxic fumes, make the water in an open area.
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Christina Martinez has been writing professionally since 2007. She's been published in the California State University at Fullerton newspaper, "The Daily Titan." Her writing has also appeared in "Orange County's Best" magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and print journalism from California State University.