I know, I know, you can just buy this in a store rather than spend the time making it yourself. However, an arrangement this size would easily cost you $100-$150 at a higher end home décor store. My main motivation for making a faux arrangement myself is because I had a specific idea in my head of the style and size that I wanted, I couldn’t really find exactly what I wanted already made and I already had the 2 magnolia branches that I wasn’t using. And, as much as I would like to be like Lisa Vanderpump and fill my home with giant fresh flower arrangements every week, it’s just not going to happen. So, what the heck, I thought I’d give it a try and see what I came up with.
I started with a stone container from Home Goods, which was actually grey. I wanted a black container so I used the leftover paint from my chandelier and put a thin coat of black paint on it.
Next step was to create a base to stick the stems into. I used Floral Craft dry foam from Michael’s Craft Store. It comes in a package of 5 bricks and you can cut them to fit your container. I ended up using 2 1/2 bricks to fit the container and the cut the tops off so the foam was even with the top of the container.
Then I started creating the arrangement. I started with the 2 magnolia branches that I had on hand from Z Gallerie. You have to be careful with faux flowers because they can look very cheap so this is were you want to be discerning and spend a few extra dollars (I think I paid around $15 per stem for mine). I also got 2 packages of curly willow branches from Michaels to fill in the spaces between the blooms in the arrangement. The nice thing about faux flowers is that they are wired, so you can bend them anyway you want. I place the magnolia branches in the center of the arrangement, stems about 2 inches apart, then bent the branches and blooms to get the placement I wanted. Then I started adding the curly willow branches, one at a time, turning the arrangement as I went, to make sure I was placing the branches evenly all around. Be sure to think about where the arrangement will sit in your home and whether it will be one sided or seen from all angles.
Now, I didn’t do this with mine, but if you really want to keep the arrangement nice and sturdy you can use a hot glue gun to attach each stem to the foam. Take them stem, place it in the foam where you want it, take it back out, put hot glue on the end and put it back. Once you are done placing all the stems you can finish off the container however you prefer. I chose to use moss as my foam cover, but you can also use rocks (just cut your foam down 1-2″ below the top of the container). And again, you can use hot glue to adhere your foam cover. I had a lot of stems to wedge the moss between and a small gap between the foam and the container to tuck in the edges.