Today’s post is a bit of a PSA, friends!
I’m regularly asked by friends and readers where my faux flowers or plants are from, so I decided it was time to spill my secrets.
And I know there are some pretty expensive options out there in the faux plant & flower market; so today I’m sharing my favourite super affordable sources if you want to go faux…
I know that with some people faux greenery is a big faux pas.
But for the green-thumb challenged of us; faux greenery can be an absolute life saver. Or, at least, a decor saver. They last all season and require NO maintenance.
And these days, good quality faux greenery and faux flowers are often very realistic looking. So realistic, in fact, that some of them are hard to tell apart from the real thing unless you look really. REALLY. closely. Like, with some of the little faux plants that I’ve picked up from…
Ikea is probably my very favourite source for faux plants because it’s just so darn affordable; and there are so many different little plant filler options. From $5 and up, the artificial plants and flowers at Ikea are worth a shop! If you don’t live near an Ikea, you can buy these online (I find that shipping for smaller items is quite reasonable).
One of my favourites is this little faux sage plant; it has such a soft and pretty grey/green colour and adds a natural, neutral touch to a bookcase, tabletop, or any blank little spot in your home that’s crying for some green.
Another of my favourite from Ikea is this faux geranium (available in a few colour choices).
I can’t believe how realistic it is; people who come over are always fooled. And I haven’t had to water it or pinch off any dead flowers all season!
I also love this sweet little pink daisy…
And I recently picked up some Ginko stems as well as a faux fiddle leaf fig from Ikea (pictures coming soon!). I am really impressed with the quality of both the stems and the fig, and the price of the fig was especially unbelievably great!
My favourite source for faux greenery stems as well as small succulents for crafting with is Michaels. I don’t live near a Jo-Anns or Hobby Lobby (or any other kind of craft store), so Michael’s is my go-to. They have a huge selection and many that are very good quality and realistic looking.
To make the stems and plants more affordable, I always watch for sales and use my coupons! You can often get up to 50% off your purchase if you wait until the sales are hot!
The succulents I use in my crafts have always been from Michael’s…
I also regularly pick up lovely seasonal floral stems there…
My third spot for shopping for faux greenery and plants is at your local dollar stores.
I have one local dollar store (Dollarama) that carries some higher quality branches and blooms. Mainly I use the stems from the dollar store for crafting with; making wreaths especially.
But I also found these amazingly realistic tulips at my local Dollarama a few years back and I bring them out every spring. I’ll tell ya, they certainly last a lot longer then the real thing!
I often use stems and flowers from the dollar store for my DIY wreaths…
I have also found some lovely seasonal greenery with quite reasonable pricing at both Pier One Imports and HomeSense (HomeGoods if you are in the US). Target, before they abandoned me up here in Canada, was another great source – especially during their end of season sales! And craft stores like Jo-Anns and Hobby Lobby would probably work just as well as Michael’s does! World Market and Pottery Barn both have beautiful things, but they rarely falls within what I consider “affordable”. At all retail decor sources, it’s probably best to keep your eye open for sales if your faux greens to be really affordable!
I also purchased a medium sized faux fiddle leaf fig plant (the 4′ size), through Amazon, and I am overall happy with the quality of it. You may have seen it before in our dining room. The one I recently purchased at Ikea was even more affordable and sits a little taller (closer to 5′).
I’ve gathered a few affordable faux plant & flower options for you below if you are looking to add some neutral warmth to your home …