TOP TIPS: fool the eye flowers

We all love bringing beautiful blooms home from the nursery, don't we?!
Their happy colors bouncing on long stalks bring energy and life to our surroundings.
I had this pot of GORGEOUS yellow tulips - which you saw in the photo below in a recent post.

And then the Santa Ana winds blew. I think the yellow tulip petals all ended up in the Pacific Ocean.
And the potted tulip looked like THIS:

Well, as a stylist who has had to come up with instant solutions on a budget for client event decor, 
I have a fail-proof tip for making bulbs RE-bloom. In the SAME SEASON:

Yep.... use fake flowers.  
You just have to use them in a way that no one notices!
Here's what you do:
 * Grab some decent quality silk tulips in your favorite color.
* Strip the leaves from the stems, and bend the stems rather haphazardly to look natural.
* Insert the stems into the REAL FOLIAGE still in the plant pot.
[I stuck these down on the lowest tier of leaves, right up next to the real stem.
You can see the top of the real stem in the photo - I cut that down as low as I could after the shot.]

Five minutes later, you end up with a rather convincing blooming potted tulip:
I don't recommend this for table centerpieces, 
as they are too close to the viewers' eyes to pull off the fakery with class.
It's a GREAT solution for florals that will be located 
on a stage, at an entrance, or in a photo set backdrop.
Since the foliage is real, the flowers fool the eye into thinking THEY are real, too.
I used to tuck REALLY nice faux roses into the backs of large arrangements for events,
to help fill out the form and help the budget along (they can be re-used!).
I'm talking million-dollar events at wineries, photographed by media.
No one EVER noticed the fakes!

Last Spring, I shared another 'bloomin' flower secret'
and my tips on creating vintage-look faux flowers


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1 comment:

  1. well isn't that a nifty little trick!.. great idea


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