I am back today with another #MichaelsMakers challenge. This month we were asked to include stems from the Michaels’ Floral Market. I was blown away with how many new stems they have and how real so many of them appear. I decided to show you a couple of easy ways to add a touch of Spring to your home. Here are two simple DIY faux floral hacks.
The Fancy Naked Cake
First up is a naked cake topped with pretty flowers. I have done this in the past with real stems but I love the idea of having these on hand and now I can reuse them. For us non-bakers in the crowd, there is no better way to make a cake look fantastic. A box cake layered with icing in between suddenly looks beautiful once you place some pretty flowers on top.
I cut each flower way from the main stem leaving just about 1/2 ” of stem. That is enough to gently place in the cake. I also wrapped the end of each stem with a little bit of plastic wrap. Just made me feel better about putting it in the cake.
I also really like this idea because there are times when I entertain and want to get things done ahead of time I can have the cake made and covered and pop the flowers on without having to wait until the last minute. I also appreciate that sometimes I can’t find the exact flower I want at the time of my parties so this is a nice work around and allows me to get just the look I want.
I think incorporating full sized blooms with the bud makes it look more real. These were all cut from just one faux stem.
FAUX ARRANGEMENT HACK
Next up I thought it would be fun to show you how I created a $25 arrangement after seeing an inspiration arrangement for $275 (crazy talk). I almost fell out of my chair when I saw the pricetag. Like, what?! I had never created a faux arrangement so I thought it was time to try.
I think my version turned out pretty well. While I am always a fan of fresh flowers in the house, there are times when I really do appreciate having a pop of color that won’t wilt on me. I made this one to keep back by our DIY butler’s pantry. When I have fresh flowers I will use those. When I don’t, I can keep this out on the counter. It’s a spot we all see when we walk in our back door so it’s always nice to have a dose of color. Another spot I often use faux stems are on our patio. If we are entertaining I will use real, but on day to day basis I like to look out and see pretty flowers on the table.
Rather than stop and take a photo of how to DIY this arrangement, I thought it would be easier to do a quick video. It may be a little rough around the edges but it gives you a step by step for creating this flower bowl.
And if you are a blogger or someone who does a lot of photo shoots, it really is nice to have a couple of faux arrangements that can be used in photos. Even if they are just in the background. It makes it nice to have that added splash of color and this one won’t break the bank. The good news is that all faux stems are 50% off right now!
Be sure to pop in tomorrow because I have a really exiting opportunity for anyone who likes to be creative!