While the very thought of fake flowers is usually enough to make me cringe, lately I've been seeing lovely handmade versions crafted from embellished fabric, felt, tissue paper, clay, and even repurposed vintage floral brooches that put their own whimsical spin on things. While often created to be worn or used as wedding bouquets, you can display them at home for an arrangement that won't wilt and fade. Use them as a wreath, displayed in a vessel, or as a centerpiece.
1. A bouquet of fabric flowers with sparkling brooches makes for a feminine arrangement that would look lovely in a milk glass vase.
Fabric Flower Custom Bouquet, $300 from Cultivar on Etsy
2. If you're entertaining, a cluster of these edible gardenia blossoms could provide the perfect centerpiece.
Edible Sugar Gardenia Blossoms, 8 for $48, from Andie's Specialty Sweets on Etsy
3. A bouquet crafted entirely from vintage brooches can make for a dazzling display with a bit of quirkiness.
Image via Green Wedding Shoes
4. An all-time favorite of mine, Emerson Made, created this table runner from a selection of the ubiquitous handmade fabric flowers that helped launch their business.
Image via the Kitchn
5. A collection of bright felt flowers juxtaposed with stripes makes this wreath a cheery addition to any room and a natural fit for a kids' room.
Project via Nest of Posies
(Images: as credited above)