I’m going to show you how to make a super easy artificial flower arrangement in a vintage silver dish that’s both pretty and so affordable!
On a recent thrifting haul, one of the pieces I found was an antique silver serving dish. It was a bargain! I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it at the time but I figured it out.
When I hit the thrift or antique stores I always have my eye out for old silver serving pieces. Silver trays are a great addition to your decor stash and are so versatile to use in your decorating. Silver bowls and dishes can be used for housing flower arrangements, plants, or even seasonal decor like pinecones or ornaments.
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Step 1. Clean The Silver
Don’t be discouraged if you find a silver piece that is covered in black tarnish! It’s actually pretty easy to fix it right up!
There are a few different types of silver cleaner/polish on the market and I’ve tried a few but I really like the Twinkle Silver Polish Kit. It’s a thick cream and easy to rub on whatever silver you are trying to clean.
All I had to do was wet the little sponge and rub it all over the silver dish.
It didn’t take much elbow grease to get the shine back! I left a bit of the aged patina on the dish…I personally like that look…but if I kept scrubbing I could have gotten it all out I think.
Step 2. Making A Flower Arragement
Since the silver dish has a pretty low profile I wanted to keep my artificial flower arrangement on the lower side height-wise as well.
When I was at Hobby Lobby recently I found these little Lily of the Valley floral picks (they are in the big aisle with the bins not with the regular artificial flowers). I believe they were .99¢ each. I thought they were so sweet and just the look that I am going for with this flower arrangement.
All I did was cut a piece of floral foam from a bigger block and drop it into the center of the silver dish.
The artificial flowers are pretty lightweight so I didn’t secure the foam to the bottom of the bowl.
How easy is this flower arrangement…now I just poked the wired flower stems into the floral foam!
I’m using 8 of the Lily of the Valley picks. One important thing I did was to make sure that I poked some of the picks in at a sideways angle…I want to have a full-looking flower arrangement that fills the silver bowl.
You can see in this picture how I angled some of the flowers down and in more natural directions. That is the good thing about artificial flowers…you can bend the wires into shape!
Step3. Fill In The Silver Dish
Once I had the artificial flowers arranged how I wanted them it was time to hide the floral foam and fill in the empty space.
First, I used Spanish moss and filled in the empty spaces around the base of the flower stems. I pushed the moss between the stems too.
Once I had the Spanish moss in place I grabbed clumps of green moss and tucked chunks on the sides of the floral foam and then filled around the silver bowl.
Finished Flower Arrangement
So I spent $3.99 on the silver dish and less than $8 for the flowers to put together this lovely arrangement. It’s the perfect addition to my china cabinet shelf.
I love to be able to combine vintage pieces and flowers in my home.
Check out some of my other thrifted finds that I scored on my last haul!
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