Have you ever just looked around at a craft store to see all the floral pieces they offer? Sure, you’ll find assorted flowers and leaves, vines and grasses, but look a little deeper and you’ll see they have clusters of berries and more. Some of the things they offer are beautiful but does anyone really know what they are? The creators of such things try to make fake designs which resemble things you’d find in the woods or in an open field. You don’t really have to know the names of the pieces; you just have to know they look fabulous!
Many of the floral pieces you find at a craft store can be easily duplicated. Take, for example, fake berries. Use tiny Styrofoam pellets to make berries that look just like those found at a craft store. Depending upon the size you want, use toothpicks or wooden skewers as the stems. Lay the pellets out on a piece of plastic or newspaper. Apply glue to the skewer then touch the pellets with it. As you do, the pellets will accumulate on the stick. If needed, apply more glue, then tap more pellets to collect them on the skewer. After the glue has dried you can then paint them by spraying them or lightly touching them with a small paintbrush.
Paint a wooden skewer green and use cotton balls to make pussy willows that look real. Pull pieces from cotton balls and roll them around to make the shape of the pussy willows. When you’re satisfied with the shapes, apply glue to the stick, then position the cotton balls, here and there, all over the stick. The cotton balls should be featured on various sides of the stick, with large places between them that have no cotton balls, and should stick out slightly rather than being flush against the stalk. Looking at pictures of pussy willows online will help you create realistic ones yourself. When the cotton balls are all in place tap each one with a paintbrush and gray paint.
Styrofoam packing peanuts can help you make a floral piece that has no name. Paint a skewer green or use it as-is. Slide the peanuts on, starting at one short end and pushing it through to the other end. Just put one on a stick for small arrangements; add several for a tall floral piece. Spray paint the peanuts to give them the color you want.
Use an old feather boa to make even more floral pieces. Cut it up so that you have a pile of long fibers. Apply glue to a wooden skewer then touch the pile of fibers with it. You might need to do this more than once to get the fullness you want for the piece. This floral accent might not have a name but it looks beautiful when placed amongst other flowers and leaves.
Cut penny-size cardboard disks, paint them and the skewer the same color, then glue them onto the stick. To do this, cut the disks in half, add a little bit of glue to the cut side of the disk, then position it against the stick. Start at the top and position one of the pieces, go down just a little and add another one, making sure they are on different sides of the stick. Continue gluing on more and more, all the way down the stick, positioning them on various sides. Even with no name this piece adds beauty to any arrangement.
Gather sticks and twigs from your back yard, paint them gold or leave them natural, and add these to your arrangements as well. Fake floral pieces aren’t cheap if you buy them at a craft store but they are very inexpensive if you make them yourself!