Make a good impression with a silk flower arrangement.
Silk flowers are so realistic that sometimes it's almost impossible to tell the fake from the real. While floral professionals can custom-make them, they're also easy to make yourself.
Actually, most "silk" flowers are made from cotton, rayon or polyester fabrics. When selecting flower tops, go for a variety of textures to give the arrangement interest, and include both large blossoms and small buds. As for the stems, there are several types. The least expensive is plastic, but better-quality stems are hand-wrapped with floral tape, which provides a more natural appearance. Pliable stems made with wire are even more realistic but can be quite expensive.
With care, silk arrangements can last for years. To prevent fading, protect them from direct sunlight. You can use a feather duster or a hair dryer on a no-heat setting to dust them off; commercial silk flower cleaners can also be used. If, after time, your arrangement starts to look droopy, use a clothes steamer or a steam iron to perk it up.
Here's how to design your own arrangement:
Materials and Tools:
2-inch floral foam