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Free Decorating Ideas and Tips by Marlene Alexander

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Get the Look For Less

Flower Power

Decorating with Faux Flowers

Flowers delivered to your door by your favorite flower delivery service or freshly picked at your local florist add beauty and hominess to a room. But if you don't have a budget for fresh flowers every week, you can achieve a measure of the same effect with the good-looking fabric plants available these days. Don't limit yourself to vases when you are considering an arrangement. Think like a florist, who can use just about any type of container to arrange her blooms in. 

 

Here's a simple idea using one bunch of flowers ($1.00), a small glass pitcher($1.00) and a tassel tie (package of 3 for $1.00). The stems were separated to allow for greater flexibility in arranging them. 

 

 

 

This monochromatic arrangement is suggestive of country style decor. Start with a metal vase and fill it with a variety of different flowers all in the same color.  Cut the longer stems to achieve the desired height. 


galvanized metal vase - $1.00
four sprays of white flowers - $4.00

 

If you have a corner in a room that won't sustain life for lack of sufficient sunshine, try planting a spray of fabric foliage there. Simply stick your foliage into a small piece of floral foam and place into a clay pot. Then fill out the pot around the plant with some decorative Spanish moss.


      painted clay pot - $1.00
      brick of floral foam - $1.00
      one stem of foliage - $1.00
      Spanish moss - 2 oz. package for $1.00

 

Here's a pretty centerpiece for a country kitchen and these petals won't shed into your oatmeal. Start with a small metal pail and mix two sprays of pink fabric flowers with four stems of white. Again, the longer stems can be cut to accommodate your container. The total cost of this arrangement is $7.00.

 

 

When we get tired of our everlasting blooms, there's a quick fix for that, too. Simply store them away for a while to be replaced by another dollar or two worth of color. In a few months, pull the first ones out again. A different container, a different room and everything old is new again.

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