Have you tried floral design as a hobby? I have practiced here and there, but always felt sad when my arrangement wilted within a few days. Fast forward to this spring when I decided to invest in some faux cherry blossoms from a female-founded shop called Afloral. I was so impressed with the look and quality, that I reached out to the Afloral team! Today I’m excited to be partnering with Afloral to share how to style artificial flowers in a compote. Whether you are a seasoned floral designer, or a newbie like me, I hope you find this post helpful and inspiring.
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Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
Here is what you will need to create your own artificial flower arrangement:
A Vase or Compote
I am using this gold metal compote, but here are more pretty options. The product images show arrangement ideas!
Artificial Flowers and Greenery
I chose artificial roses (see my recipe below), but here are more flowers I love.
For a vintage vibe, I included dried florals in my arrangement as well.
Flower Arranging Tools
Step 2: Prep Your Vessel
If you are styling a compote, you may use a floral frog or angel vine plus floral tape. For wide rim vase, you may also use a floral frog on the inside, or create a grid over the opening of the vase with floral tape.
Step 3: Begin With A Base
I knew I wanted to use these bleached ferns at the base of my arrangement. Dried florals are a bit delicate, so I decided to place them first. I used five stems around the bottom of the compote for a draped, romantic look.
Step 4: Style Your Statement Flowers
Next I added my roses. I used heavy duty wire cutters to trim the stems, and then simply placed the ends of the stems in the floral frog. It made it so easy to position each stem exactly where I wanted it to be, so I highly recommend using one for a compote!
Here are some tips:
- Cut some of the stems pretty short so that the blooms hang down over the lip of the compote. This creates a romantic look and also prevents you from seeing inside of the compote.
- Work your way up so that some of the stems are upright. Personally I like an asymmetrical, imperfect look so I used some longer stems on one side, and shorter stems on the other side.
- Bend and play with the stems so that they look natural (not perfectly straight).
Step 5: Finish With Greenery and Accents
For another example of a flower arrangement in a compote, check out this tutorial from Afloral.
Enjoy Your Artificial Flowers!
For now, I placed my compote on our dining room table as a centerpiece. But I’m sure I will end up moving it around our home! And after a while, I may take it apart and try a new arrangement. I just love that I can reuse the flowers again and again.
SHOP THE LOOK
Learning how to style artificial flowers has been an inspiring and therapeutic hobby for me. Have you tried creating a faux floral arrangement? If you would like to begin, be sure to check out the beautiful options from Afloral, and use my code CAIT15 for 15% off all orders over $50 (excludes Bergs planters). Happy arranging! Xo,