Silk flower arrangements are a great alternative to real flowers and can even be more cost-effective. But how do you know what to look for when buying high-quality silk flowers? Here are four things to consider when making your selection.

What type do you want?
Silk flowers come in a variety of types – orchids, peonies, roses. There’s a silk flower variant for almost every real flower! If you’re buying for an arrangement, though, you should consider more than just the single-stem flower. Depending on your project, you may want to embellish with branches, bushes, or garlands. Plan what your arrangement will look like before purchasing and draw inspiration from your favorite floral boutiques!

What are you using them for?
You cannot plan your silk flower arrangement ahead of time if you don’t know what it’s intended for! Is it to spruce up your home décor? Will you use them for a special event, like a conference, wedding, or funeral? The purpose will influence which flowers you pick. You wouldn’t select the same arrangements for a funeral as you would for a wedding! If you are arranging according to a theme – a woodsy theme, for example – this will also influence your purchases.

High quality vs low quality
How can you tell the difference between high and low-quality silk flowers? A good rule of thumb is, the more realistic they look, the higher quality they will be. A couple of things to look for when buying for your silk flower arrangement are color, stems, and added details. Low-quality flowers are typically only dyed one color and tend to have a glossier finish. Look for more intricate painting details on the flowers, with a matte finish. The stems in high-quality silk flowers have wires in them, which makes them more malleable and easier to arrange. Additionally, low-quality flowers will often have fake-looking extras, like water droplets.

How to make them last
Now that you’ve bought some first-rate silk flowers, you want to protect your investment. There are a few simple techniques for cleaning your silk flower arrangement without damaging it. You can blow the dust off with a hairdryer, with the lowest heat and air settings. Alternatively, place them in a paper bag with rice, salt, or cornmeal, and gently shake them to remove the dust. A more labor-intensive option is individually wiping each flower with a damp cloth, with a mixture of water and white vinegar.

When it comes to creating top-notch silk flower arrangements, it’s important to make the right purchases. Plan your arrangement and do a little research. That way, you can be sure you’re getting exactly what you want for the best value. Happy arranging!

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