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Artificial Flowers…How to Get the Most for Your Money

Summer is pouring it on hot and heavy here in Indiana after a much extended and chilly spring.  The spring flowers have all but disappeared and our summer flowers are on the verge of bursting into bloom, but not quite yet.

summer flowers

 

summer flowers

I love filling all of the vases, pitchers, mason jars, and milk bottles in the house full of fresh flowers, when I can get them, but as you you can see, our summer flowers are teasing us.  They are just about to burst into bloom, but I am impatient and have to find another alternative until they do!  A couple of weeks ago I bought some flowers at the grocery store.  They were pretty (a bit pricey) and filled the void for about a week.  The next week my wonderful hubby pulled over on our way back from the youngest grandson’s t-ball game (watching 2-5 year olds play t-ball is hilarious btw!) and helped me pick wild flowers.  They were gorgeous and smelled so good!  They are gone now and I haven’t made it back to pick more.

summer flowers

So this weekend I broke down and bought some artificial flowers.  I know what you’re saying!!  No way! Never! Not those ugly plastic things in my house!  I will tell you, those ugly plastic things will NEVER be brought into my house either!  Artificial flowers have come a long way in the last years.  the ones I always buy are the fabric ones.  They are so realistic looking, from across the room you can’t tell the difference.  Fabric artificial flowers can be pricey so finding them on sale is always a plus.  Sometimes you can catch them on sale at Hobby Lobby, which is where I got mine.  Now let me let you in on a secret to get the most for your money when buying artificial flowers.

Artificial Flowers: How to Get the Most for Your Money

Hobby Lobby had an entire isle on clearance at 50% off!!!  I got these two bunches for $6.99 a piece!  The trick to getting the most for your money is buying a single bunch, then cutting them into individual stems!  Individual stems can range anywhere from $3.99 to $9.99 a piece depending on the type of flower you get, crazy right?!!  I cut these 2 bunches into approximately 50 individual stems.  That is about 7 1/2 cents per stem….what?!!

artificial flowers

Now get a nice sharp set of wire cutters and start cutting your individual stems, for bunches that are wrapped with florist tape, make sure to pull the stem up and away to make sure you are getting the leaves that are attached.  Cut them short, cut them long… you decide based on the container you’re going to put them in.

artificial flowers

artificial flowers

artificial flowers

artificial flowers

I put the white flowers in my mason jars and old milk bottles and placed them in this fabulous old carpenter’s box.  Isn’t it just dandy?!!

artificial flowers

artificial flowers

artificial flowers

I put the Lavender in these GREAT BOTTLES  ( read all about them through that link) that the hubby rescued from a local hospital that had been abandoned when the new one was built and this cool vintage pitcher I got from a friend.

artificial flowers

artificial flowers

artificial flowers

I did splurge on some single stems that I put in this cool old pickle jar I purchased from a local antique store.

artificial flowers

So what do you think?  Don’t they look real?!!  Have I changed your mind about using artificial flowers in your home?

Until next time,

~Susanne

 

 

 

 

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17 Comments

  1. I really like the milk bottles and carpenter’s box. I agree that many of the artificial flowers available today are very pretty. I find myself touching flowers to try to determine whether or not they are real. If you have to do that, you sure don’t have to worry that they will make your house look unappealing.

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      I got the carpenter’s box at a garage sale for a steal!! I thought about painting it, but then decided to keep it in all it’s chippy glory!!

  2. Hi Susanne, I really like the way you made the most of your flowers. And yes, artificial flowers have come a long way. I have some in my house as well, it does add color for when you can’t have the real thing, which is here most of the year. Carefully selecting you can end up with some really nice fabric flowers that are almost as good looking as real ones. And they last longer

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Thanks Marjan!! I love them and the real ones still haven’t bloomed, lol!!

  3. You know what? I actually put two big boxwood balls (artificial) in my front porch planters this year! I have spent lots of dollars over the years wanting to have the tiered boxwood in the planters and spiders or something kills them. So when I was at the nursery this Spring ordering some trees and shrubs, I noticed these and decided they were worth the investment. It was crazy because I wonder if people know when they come in my house that the two bushes on either side are FAKE! I love my flowers and garden but there is a time for a little fake now and then. I actually have a weakness for artificial arrangements and have them all over my house. So you go for it, your additions are very pretty and bring life and color to your rooms!

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Thanks Debbie!! I bet your boxwood balls look fabulous!!

  4. I love having flowers around the house, it’s a lovely way to add more colour to your rooms but they don’t last long, and in the uk except lilies nothing smells. With the artificial ones i always found them a bit dust collectors but i really like them. it’s a bit like a love hate relationship haha. I love the carpenter’s box!

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      You are right! They can get dusty, but I just brush them with a swiffer, lol! That box is a beauty isn’t she?! I love it!!

  5. I love the little milk jubs on the coffee table. This is such a neat post, I put it on the que to share with my followers on FB and Twitter. Pinning for later as well.

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Thank you Pam!! I am currently deconstructing flowers for fall 🙂

  6. I am a big artificial flower lover lol, I don’t have fresh flowers growing in my yard. I love your arrangement and even though the wild flowers are not artificial, but they’re beautiful!

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Those wild flowers lasted for a couple of weeks..they were pretty. I do better with artificial…it doesn’t matter how long I leave them in the container, lol!

  7. These are so beautiful, you made them look great! I love flowers, and I’ve done the same thing where I deconstruct the bunches because it’s cheaper that way

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      It is so much cheaper that way! I love hitting up Hobby Lobby at the end of a season 🙂

  8. These are just lovely. You’ve arranged them so perfectly I could hardly tell they weren’t real. Our local thrift shop regularly has flowers and I’ve always wondered how to arrange them. Thanks for sharing.

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Thanks Jenny! They definitely are made a lot better than they used to be 🙂

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