Gardening with a Black Thumb: How to Arrange Silk Flowers

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Eileen TroemelResiding in rural Wisconsin, by day Eileen Troemel work as a clerical worker and part-time student. At night she spends her time writing. Raised on a farm, she has a love for nature and is inspired by the beauty and power she finds there. Nature and her just don’t get along though as she has the blackest of black thumbs. 

I wasn’t a big fan of silk flowers because I thought they looked cheap. However, my daugher Vicki has changed my mind completely on this topic. Working with her to create a variety of arrangements has shown me that they aren’t cheap looking. Another advantage is that the cost is not huge and it is easy to do. Here are a few steps for getting an arrangement together. 

I used pots in this example, but you can use anything. My daughter got a fresh flower arrangement in a teacup. When they died, she just got some bright silk flowers, stones and did a quick arrangement.

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As I said last week here is the simple list of items for these projects:
• A container to put the silk flowers in
• Silk flowers of your choice
• Glass stones, real stones, (optional – if you use a colored vase these are necessary)
• Wire cutters (flower specifically)

I spent $15 and got enough silk flowers for two arrangements. Flowers often come with several flowers on a stem.

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You can cut these apart so you can have more flowers to work with. 

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If you don’t cut them apart, you can spread out the flowers on a stem. Simply bend them the way you want them. Spreading them out like this allows you to feed other flowers in between.
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Place your flowers in how you want them. You can do just one flower type in a vase like the tulips my daughter did.

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Or you can mix and match as takes your fancy. With the creamer pitcher and vase I had I made the two arrangements from five bundles of flowers. 

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These flowers give my rooms a pop of color and touch of the outdoors. I get flowers all the time. When I’m bored with the arrangement, I simply take it apart and rearrange. I can go buy more flowers—different types or colors. If my daughter’s cat knocks them over then I don’t have water everywhere or dead flowers. Best of all, I get flowers without there being an issue of me killing them.