Valentine’s Day does not necessarily call for fresh flowers for that special someone. In fact, a beautifully presented silk flower arrangement in a sensational basket or vase will last long after real flowers have withered away. This guide provides instruction for creating an easy, but elegant Valentine’s Day silk flower arrangement using an inexpensive metal vase in barn red.
Traditionally fresh flowers in red and pink are the favored colors on Valentine’s Day; however, in the enduring silk flower arrangement, using snippets of various colors will enhance the overall display. Adding a mixture of various silk flowers and sparkly embellishments to the arrangement will heighten the beauty as well.
Silk flowers and trimmings are available for purchase in the craft section of Wal-mart, at Michaels or online at www.crafta.com. I have included a photo of the Valentine’s Day arrangement I designed, which you can refer to as a guideline.
Silk Flowers in This Valentine’s Day Silk Flower Arrangement
One stem with twelve red roses
Six stems of white carnations
One stem of double baby’s breath spray in pale pink
One stem of mixed bush assortment in pale apricot with a mix of off-white and pale yellow flowers
One stem of miniature calla lily
Additional Trimmings in This Valentine’s Day Silk Flower Arrangement
Four stems of dark green eucalyptus
Four pieces of wheat
Three stems of red sparkly embellishment spikes
Curled red ribbon (pre-curled and purchased in the gift wrapping section)
One block of florist foam
Note: The decorative metal container was something I had on hand, which I purchased for about $4 in the craft section at Wal-mart last year.
1- Putting together this arrangement, I worked in the silk flowers first, building up as I went along. Having the most flowers on the stem, I used the roses as a foundation because of their bulk. Bend and position the roses so they spread around the perimeter of the vase opening, which is easier to fill and build off when the mouth of the vase is smaller in diameter.
2- I placed the white silk flower carnations in the middle of the roses, forming the next platform, so to speak. If the mouth of the vase is larger than the one I have used which is five inches, you can fill in the gap by placing a block of florist foam in the spread of roses. The carnations can be stuck into the foam to provide the height needed.
3- The mixed bush assortment of dried silk flowers can be gently set in and positioned among the roses and carnations, which is now the third tier. The delicate, pale pink double baby’s breath spray is helpful because you can manipulate it to fill in any space around all the other flowers in the arrangement.
4- The eucalyptus, worked in next at the back of the arrangement, will form a sort of wall to build off, using the rest of the trimmings. The stem of calla lily, which will be the last silk flower placed in the assembly, adds the desired height to balance out the silk flower arrangement.
5- When the eucalyptus is in place, tuck the three stems of red sparkle spikes into the design with one on each side and one in the middle of the arrangement as you see in the photo. You can bend them and shape them to fill in the area as needed. Place the four pieces of wheat strategically to balance out the display and finally, add the calla lily to the back of vase at the highest point of the overall arrangement.
Glue (or tape) the curly red ribbon frill around the neck of the vase and your Valentine’s Day silk flower arrangement is complete. Present this beautiful handmade gift to someone you love or use it to make an elegant decor statement in your own home on Valentine’s Day.