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Gorgeous DIY Faux Floral Arrangements

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You all know I love flowers. I try to pick up real flowers for my kitchen counter when I go to the grocery store if something strikes my fancy, but I also have a lot of DIY faux floral arrangements in my home for various reasons: pops of color, end table styling, tablescape/centerpiece, etc.

I try to snag pre-made arrangements when they’re on sale, but sometimes I like to make my own if I find a unique vase I like, so today I’m sharing a tutorial on how I make my DIY faux floral arrangements.

Where to Buy Faux Florals 

I have used dollar store florals in the past, and they’re perfectly acceptable…but I did find when you spend a bit more you get a lot more florals for your money and they look a bit more “real”.

The florals in the photo below were all in one floral bunch at At Home for $10 and I used it to make the two arrangements you’ll see in this tutorial.

The realistic looking leaves are from Michael’s and were about $2-$3 for all of them. The reindeer moss and dry floral foam are from Dollar Tree.

As far as vases, vessels and planters go, literally anything goes! I love to find unique pieces while thrifting or antique shopping. The silver trophy style vase was a lucky thrift store find in Marble Falls for $4. 

Supplies Needed:

  • Faux florals- I used about 9-11 stems per arrangement, and I recommend using about three different types/colors of flowers unless you’re going for a monochromatic vibe.
  • Faux leaves- One full bunch should last
  • Floral accents- something that gives it some height and is a bit different than the flowers
  • Heavy duty wire cutters (I ended up not using the ones in the photo and opted for a beefier pair to spare my hands!)
  • Green moss
  • Dry floral foam to fill the width of your vase


1.) Gather all your supplies. Cut all the flowers so you have a bunch of individual flowers WITH the stems. Cut them as long as possible because you can always go shorter, but you can’t add length back on!

 2.) Fit your dry foam into your vase so that it takes up most of the width. A serrated knife is good for cutting dry floral foam. It doesn’t have to take up every single bit of space.

3.) For this part you’ll need to trim your floral stems a bit- I eyeball it by holding it against the vase and trimming it from there. I then put three flowers in the center of foam, as shown below.

4.) Then you start filling in the sides until it looks full. The bigger your flowers, the fewer you’ll need. Don’t worry if there’s any “bald” spots just yet.

Using fake or faux florals such as peonies can make a floral arrangement look glam and luxe. Here's a DIY tutorial for how to achieve this look yourself.

5.) Add in some leaves and some floral accents. I tend to have the accents sticking out from the top (the little spherical pink looking things below) and some leaves draping out from the sides for some drama. These should help fill in any bald spots.

6.) Add moss under the flowers for a realistic look and to help cover the foam/gaps. Don’t be stingy with the moss- it’s only $1 at most dollar stores (ie: Dollar Tree).

7.) Step back and make sure all looks good. Remember these are FAUX florals, so you can bend them and twist them any way you like to make sure they fall where you need them to.

DIY pink and white peony faux floral arrangement tutorial using a trophy vase and dry floral foam. Love this idea for spring home decor, tablescapes or a centerpiece.

I then repeated this process with a small blue and white ginger jar-ish planter I bought at Ross. Problem is that the planter is really deep. What I do in this situation to not waste floral foam is to stuff plastic bags on the bottom and then place the floral foam over that.

Then all the steps are the same from there. Here’s what I ended up with. This beauty is going next to my cook top to add a pop of color to my kitchen counters.

And here’s the spring faux floral cast for my house, so far. I’m LOVING the pink and floral vibe you all. I’m trying to keep the decor minimal and focusing on color, texture and florals/plants. You’ll see this all come together during my spring home tour on March 8…on my 33rd birthday! Crazy to think I was 24 when I started this blog. Time flies!

I hope the tutorial is helpful so you can see my process, but I’ll also share with you my favorite stores to buy faux florals at and some pros/cons of each.

  • At Home: their floral bunches are MASSIVE and mostly between $6-$10. I highly recommend their floral lines if you want BOLD color. I also recommend them if you want those tall, wispy stems you see Joanna Gaines use that seem to be about 3-feet tall.
  • Hobby Lobby: Literally every other week their florals are 50% off, but I find myself mostly buying larger/taller flowers here such as the pink apple blossom stems seen in the photo above. Their selection is massive, which can be overwhelming.
  • Michaels: I feel they have the most realistic looking flowers this spring season, but they are also the most expensive. I paid $10 total for the At Home flowers used in the two arrangements you saw here today, and I paid $12 for this little bouquet below from Michaels that has far fewer flowers (but looks more realistic and has some succulents thrown in). If you want a pre-made bouquet that looks real that you can shove in a vase, Michaels is your place.

I also occasionally will snag some flowers at Dollar Tree if they’re really pretty and full, and Pier 1 Imports is also another fave, but they can be the most expensive so I wait until they’re on sale/clearance.

And I leave you with more pretty flowers to brighten your day. Decorate fearlessly! xo.

This DIY faux floral arrangements tutorial is meant to help you and make you feel empowered to tackle this project, and I hope you’ve found it helpful! You may also like this post below.

DIY artificial orchid arrangement in a blue and white planter

DIY Faux Orchid Arrangement Tutorial

These can get expensive (I’m talking $300+), but with a bit of smart shopping and a dash of DIY, you can create your own beautiful faux orchid arrangement for a touch of chinoiserie chic style in your home.

Lisa Irene Serrano

Wednesday 21st of February 2018

Absolutely gorgeous, Monica! You have inspired me to get a few arrangements for our home. I’m really going to try my hardest because I always enjoy the color you invite with the blooms.

Monica Benavidez

Wednesday 21st of February 2018

Yes, do it! Such an easy and inexpensive way to add color anywhere in your home. Let me know how it goes. xo!

Jamala Wallace

Wednesday 21st of February 2018

How come yours always look beautiful... lol..when I try..I just see fake... I've got to get better because yours are gorgeous. I'll be trying my luck again. Thanks for inspiring

Monica Benavidez

Wednesday 21st of February 2018

I tend to feel that way when I just get cheap dollar store flowers since they don't really "open" or "bloom" much and have less petals. Spending just a few more dollars really pays off. :) Excited to see what you come up with!

Emily Ho

Tuesday 20th of February 2018

I love this tutorial! Have always been intimidated by faux florals, but you make it seem easy

Monica Benavidez

Tuesday 20th of February 2018

You can totally do this! Put those pretty ginger jar vases you bought to use with some pretty faux florals. xo.

Ariel Garneau

Tuesday 20th of February 2018

beautiful! Love your bud choices

Monica Benavidez

Tuesday 20th of February 2018

Thanks, Ariel! <3

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