Hello friends! Spring is on its way and I know that most of you probably won’t agree with me, but I’m a little sad to see winter go. I find the winter season to be restful and a great time to press the reset button on my home. As sad as I am to say goodbye, I’m warming up to the idea of welcoming spring. Yesterday I put together the cheeriest floral arrangement for our family room. It just might convince me to look forward to the lovely spring season that will soon be upon us.
If you didn’t catch my IG stories yesterday, this arrangement is made almost completely of faux stems. I’m slowly beginning to appreciate faux flowers more and more, in the right setting of course. Today, I’m going to share how you can create your own spring flower arrangement that will last all season!
If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time you know my love for fresh flowers. In the almost 16 years Josh and I have been married, I have tried to make a point to have some kind of fresh flowers or greenery in our home every month. They can bring so much life to your decor and really usher in the current season. Honestly, they just make me so dang happy! For years I was strictly a real flower gal, until recently. A couple of years ago I challenged myself to create an autumn arrangement using faux stems. Over time I played with adding more and more faux stems in each arrangement, while still keep them realistic looking. Let’s face it, the longevity of faux florals is very appealing.
Friends, I believe I’ve found the key to creating a faux arrangement that looks real! The key is fresh or real greenery stems. Sure, you want good quality faux stems, nothing with loose stitched fabric or too plastic looking, but the greenery is such a large component. I don’t usually buy greenery, but instead clip it from my yard. Trees, shrubs and even pesky weeds can work. You just need enough to sprinkle throughout your arrangement. You’ll find that your eyes gravitate towards it right away. It’s as if the brain then assumes all the blooms are also real. Natural greenery adds real texture, color and interest, making for a realistic flower arrangement!
Let’s Create A Long Lasting Spring Arrangement
- Vessel of choice – I love a good wicker or white vintage pitcher this time of the year.
- Faux florals – For this arrangement I used 3 white saffron bushes & 1 dark purple lavender bush
- Wire cutters
- Fresh greenery clippings from your yard – I used 5-6 Privet clippings
How To Create The Arrangement:
- Start with the larger bushes, the white saffrons. I did not cut these stems. I simply bent the bottom of the stem to get the right height for my vase. Spread the flowers out by bending each stem in different directions. This will give you a fuller and more realistic look.
2. Using your wire cutters, clip each lavender stem and remove all the bottom leaves from each stem. Place evenly throughout the arrangement. Slightly bend some pieces and place those around the bottom of the vase, giving the appearance that they’re flopping over the vase.
3. Lastly, place several stems of fresh greenery throughout the arrangement. I used privet stems from my yard. Any greenery of choice will work just fine. I’ve found that privet, gardenia and camilla bush stems work great and last a long time inside. Add a little water to your vase and enjoy!
This spring arrangement is bursting with fullness and color! I love that the stems have a mind of their own and go in all different directions. Isn’t is just so charming? We’ve been spending a lot of time in our family/TV room lately, so I thought it would be a great addition to the room. I’m loving the colorful addition to this space.
After bringing the flowers into this room it inspired me to swap out my winter linens for spring linens. Light and bright slipcovers and floral pillow covers are perfect for the spring season. I love that one simple change or addition to a room will spur us to keep going, to keep freshening up each little corner in our homes.
Not too long ago I started a book that has been on my bedside table for far too long, Sally Clarkson’s – The Life Giving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming. It’s a wonderful read! It has really inspired me and shown me just why homemaking and keeping our homes our havens is so important, not just for ourselves but for our loved ones as well. It really speaks to why my heart has always required a cozy, kept and loving home. If you get a chance to read it, I highly recommend it!
If you’ll notice, by removing a lot of the faux leaves from the flowers, the arrangement looks much more realistic. Faux leaves are always a dead giveaway that an arrangement is fake.
Are you inspired for spring? If not, I hope this post helped! A little bit of florals is always a great way to introduce spring into the home. All of the pretty blooms and floral fabrics are some of my favorite things about spring. If you’re not quite ready for the season change, don’t worry. Some of you still have snow in the forecast and that’s okay! I’ve always felt that transitioning slowly into the next season is the best way to decorate. Whether you’re eagerly awaiting spring or desperately holding onto winter, I hope you have a wonderful week and happy decorating no matter the season!
Wall Color – Carbonized by Sherwin Williams / Trim Color- Simply White by Benjamin Moore / Armchair – Shop / Sofa – Shop / Framed Antique Etchings – FB marketplace / Vintage Gate Leg Table – Local antique store / Vintage Trunk – family heirloom / Ralph Lauren Table Lamp – Homegoods / Wicker Vases – Local antique store / Brass Dog Figurine – Local vintage find / Gold Picture Frame – Homegoods/ Vintage Glass Hurricane – Thrift store find / Seaside candle – Serena & Lily/ Check Pillow Cover – Homemade from Ballard Designs fabric (now discontinued) (Similar One) / Blue Floral Pillow Cover – Homegoods (Similar One)/ Block Print Floral Pillow Cover – JSH /
Karen B. says
This spring bouquet is lovely. It’s hard to see a difference between a real floral arrangement and the part faux beauty you’ve created.
I’m with you about winter. I love all the seasons, but winter is a good time to slow down a bit and enjoy the cooler days and nights.
Where did you purchase the flowers?
Hi Deb, everything is link in the item list above.
Kathy Menold says
I used to be strictly all fresh flowers but the faux are so beautiful now. I,like your idea of adding,real foliage. Makes all the difference. Spring is rising us even here in N.C. one day 70s the next a hard freeze. Today spring is back and I am going to be outside enjoying it.
This is brilliant! Thanks for the inspiration!!! 🙂
Beautiful! Would you please share your source for the wicker containers?
How large is the vase you used? I found a similar vase on Etsy but it has size options and I’m not sire which size to order for this amount of stems. Thanks for sharing your beautiful flowers and the tutorial for how to replicate them!