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The Benefits Of Silk Flowers

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Silk flowers are a wonderful medium to work with for homemade craft projects. Once you have mastered the basics of silk flower arrangement, you can use them in a variety of different projects, including table arrangements and centerpieces. Today, many people find silk flowers a sensible alternative to fresh flowers. They look just like fresh cut flowers and can be arranged in many different ways: faux tropical flowers, clutch wedding bouquets, flower garlands, silk corsages, silk buttonholes, artificial bouquets and silk flower decorations. They can add lasting beauty to home interiors, malls, offices, restaurants, furniture stores and boutiques.

Traditional choices for a wedding bouquet are fresh flowers, but silk wedding flowers are becoming popular. Whether people are looking for exotic flowers, a romantic gesture that will last a long time, a wonderful gift, or a touch of beauty for the home, flower arrangements made of this great material are a great choice.There are innumerable reasons why silk fabric flowers are preferable to fresh flowers. Many people would of course prefer real flowers over the artificial ones, but flowers are expensive and very short-lived and hence, constantly need to be replaced. Other long term benefits for selecting flowers made of the material silk plants are that they will not outgrow their space and home-owners never have to worry about insects, mold and mildew. Gone are the days of watering flowers, which usually leads to damaged wood or carpeted floors. Another advantage is the fact that they are hypo-allergenic. They contain no allergens such as pollen, and are disease-free and nontoxic. Also, there are hundreds of varieties and colors that are available year-round, as compared to real flowers that are seasonal.

A person who gives flowers will not be forgotten for some time. However, flowers wither and have to be discarded once they wilt and die. By giving silk flowers, recipients will remember who they got them from for a lifetime. Silk is a logical material for artificial flowers as it embodies the ethereal qualities of a flower. Many flowers made of pure silk on the market today are of such high quality that unassuming customers cannot discern their difference from the real ones. One important benefit of using artificial or silk flowers is that many people have harsh allergies to fresh flowers. Another benefit is the reduced overall cost of silk flowers. They usually are the same or only slightly more expensive than fresh flowers, although artificial of course, never die.

Silk flowers are easy to store and maintain. Just keep them in a dry location and away from sunlight and light bulbs, as constant light will fade the colors. Avoid laying the flowers down. Instead, place them in a flower vase or other receptacle that will keep them upright and retain their shape. Clean exposed decors every three to six months by spraying your plant thoroughly with water and shake them lightly to get most of the water off. Dry the flowers in the sun for a few hours. In between those times, a good feather dusting might suffice to keep them looking fresh and new. Today, silk flowers look more like real flowers than they did back then, and the price of the silk flowers for your wedding will typically be cheaper than with real flowers. More and more weddings are selecting silk flowers, but this may be because of the allergy sufferers or maybe it’s a budget issue.