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Create seamless masterpieces by combining fresh and artificial flowers in your décor. With the durability of artificial florals and the charming beauty of their natural counterparts, you'll have a one-of-a-kind flower arrangement for whole-day events or seasonal home decorations. In this guide, we'll walk you through some tips and easy steps on how to mix real flower stems with your Balsam Hill® artificial flower arrangement.

Benefits of Mixing Artificial and Real Flowers

Realism

Make your artificial flower arrangement appear more realistic by adding fresh flower stems. This is also the easiest way to update the look of your floral décor.

Low-Maintenance

Combining artificial with real flowers allows for ease of use. Minimal upkeep is needed to preserve the fresh look of your décor. Simply prune out wilting stems or leaves, and your floral arrangement will be good as new.

Cost-Effective

The price of fresh flowers fluctuates according to their seasonal and regional availability. If you're keen on having specific blooms for an event, consider artificial florals to save money. In fact, brides are mixing real and artificial flowers for their wedding bouquets to cut costs on hard-to-find blooms. This leaves them with room in their budget to spend on other decorative accents for the event like flower wreaths and greenery.

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Versatile Designs

Repurpose artificial flowers and try different designs per occasion or season. For instance, use artificial white hydrangeas with fresh lavender stalks and white lilacs for your spring décor. Then, use the same hydrangeas with real yellow azaleas and citrus fruits for a summer table centerpiece.

How to Mix Artificial and Real Flowers

Using both fresh and silk flowers result in elegant flower decorations when done right. Here's how you can style your mixed floral arrangement like a professional.

Step 1|Start with an artificial flower arrangement

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When choosing artificial flower arrangements, it's important to invest in quality. Floral arrangements made with premium materials can last for years. As for the design, a good rule of thumb is to pick something that features neutral shades, which serve as your blank canvas.

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Step 2|Select fresh flowers as accents

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For a seamless look, choose real blooms that complement your Balsam Hill flower arrangement. Pick seasonal flowers and showcase their vivid colors. Or, go for a minimalist color palette and emphasize depth and symmetry with different flower bud shapes.

Step 3|Clean the fresh flower stems

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Using a sharp knife or pruning shears, cut stems at varying heights to create depth in your design. Remove leaves along the stem that could make it hard for insertion into the flower arrangement.

Step 4|Add the real flowers into your artificial floral arrangement

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Insert the stems into your Balsam Hill artificial flower arrangement at an angle to create structure. Turn the vessel as you go to check if you've achieved your desired silhouette.

Step 5|Remove wilting flowers

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Most fresh flowers can last up to 7 to 12 days, depending on how they're used and where they're placed. Prune out wilting parts or stems to preserve the beauty of your flower arrangement.

Artificial Flower Arranging Tips for Beginners

Choose Realistic Artificial Flowers

Highly realistic flowers are worth the extra costs since you can achieve a picture-perfect look regardless of the kind of fresh flowers you have. At Balsam Hill, we make artificial florals using premium materials to ensure lifelike realism and longevity. Delight in your artificial flowers in bloom year after year.

Use Flowers in Seasonal Colors

Find inspiration in nature and match your color palette with the season. Use pastels in spring, bright hues in summer, warm shades of yellow and orange in fall, and festive red tones in winter.

Mix in Natural Greenery to Fill In Gaps

Another way to add volume to your flower arrangement is to incorporate lush greenery. Not only does this balance the structure of your décor, but it also builds a canvas to make the colors of your flowers stand out.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Artificial Flowers

How to Make an Artificial Flower Bouquet Look Real

The simplest way to make artificial flowers look real is to mix them with real ones. Use lifelike artificial flowers that blend seamlessly with their natural counterparts.

Can Permanent Flowers Be Used With Fresh Flowers?

Artificial flowers can be used together with fresh blooms for unique arrangements that transcend seasons. Make sure to invest in high-quality artificial florals for a display that looks beautiful season after season.

What Artificial Flowers Look the Most Realistic?

Balsam Hill's artificial flowers are hand-painted and assembled by professionals to closely resemble their natural counterparts. Each piece has slight variations, so all flower arrangements are unique.

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Further Reading

Learn more about artificial flowers and how to decorate with them. Read these next:

WHY CHOOSE ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS: THE BALSAM HILL GUIDE

HOW TO CARE FOR ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS: CLEANING AND STORAGE TIPS

FLOWER CENTERPIECE IDEAS FOR SPRING