I’m breaking down what to look for when you are buying faux greenery, listing my favorites, and providing sources for everything!
Faux greenery and flowers can be tricky. I have purchased some really bad stuff along the way, and with each regretful purchase, I have learned what works, and what doesn’t. Today I’m sharing my favorite faux greenery picks, along with some tips for making them look (almost) real. It’s also 20 Minute Decorating, so make sure to stop by the links at the end of the post.
Favorite Faux Greenery: Preserved Boxwood
Of all the faux greenery I have ever purchased, preserved boxwood is by far the most realistic. It’s actually real boxwood, and there are many different DIY preserving methods. The most popular method is using a mixture of glycerin, dye, and citric acid. Or you can do what I do, and simply buy the boxwood already preserved! I have had my wreaths and garland for several years, and it’s all still bright and beautiful. I especially love the wreaths because they can be used anytime of the year. Preserved boxwood is an investment at the start, but it pays off by providing years of use and enjoyment. (Boxwood sources listed at the end.)
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When I styled my winter shelves, I used a long dough bowl on the top shelf. I originally left the bowl empty, with plans to add seasonal greenery or flowers. When I saw this eucalyptus garland, I knew it could double duty. I measured my dough bowl, and then snipped off a piece of garland that rests perfectly in the bowl. The remaining piece of garland was used to make a spring wreath, which I will be showing you soon. This garland can also be used as a dining table centerpiece, or nestled in a bowl or basket.
I love rosemary. I love fresh rosemary, dried rosemary, and I am completely in love with these little bushes of faux rosemary. They come three or four to a pack, and fluff up beautifully. Even though it doesn’t smell like fresh rosemary, it’s definitely the next best thing! (These exact rosemary bushes are no longer available. Click HERE for something similar. I actually like them better!)
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One of my favorite places to buy faux greenery and flowers is Hobby Lobby. The store is close to our home, and it’s very convenient for me to pop over occasionally to see what’s available. Two years ago, I discovered their lamb’s ear stems and garland. Since then, I’ve collected a few stems at a time, and I now have a nice bunch that I can reuse for various arrangements. It’s a beautiful color, and has a furry texture just like the real thing. Adding natural elements, like cotton bolls, makes it look full and more realistic. If you don’t have a Hobby Lobby retail store in your town, I found very similar faux lamb’s ear stems and garlands online. Links are included at the end.
When it comes to peonies, I am not going to insult your intelligence by saying that these faux flowers look like peonies from the garden.
They do not.
However, they are very pretty, and if you mix them with some fresh or dried greenery, they will fill the bill until peony season arrives! In the image above, I added some dried eucalyptus. Some other suggestions for add-ins are fresh seeded eucalyptus, fern leaves, or baby’s breath. This particular bunch of faux peonies comes in 20 different colors, so there is definitely something for everyone!
Best Faux Greenery & Flowers Sources
- Preserved Boxwood
- Eucalyptus Garland
- Rosemary Bushes
- Lamb’s Ear
Now it’s time to take a look at the other beautiful 20 Minute Decorating ideas!