Silk Flowers FAQ's

You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers. Below you will find a list of our most frequently asked questions to help guide you through the world of silk flowers and arrangements!  If you have an additional question not answered here, feel free to drop us an email at: customerservice@nearlynatural.com. 

 

What are silk flowers? 

Silk flowers are artificial versions of the natural flowering thing. Because fake flowers were originally fabricated from fine luxurious silks, the name “silk flowers” proceeds their ancient history.  Today, artificial flowers allow for a stress-free alternative to the real deal. You can read more about this in the History of Silk Flowers

 

Who invented fake flowers?  

That would be the first pioneers who perfected silk making - the ancient Chinese! Because they were the first to help nurture the natural phenomenon of rearing silkworms to produce silk, it’s safe to say that silk flowers originated with them. Today the manufacturing and designing of fake flowers is quite different with the help of modern-day technologies. You can read more about this in The History of Fake Flowers.  

 

Are silk flowers made from silk? 

At the time of their invention, yes, artificial flowers were in fact originally fabricated from soft, lavish silks naturally produced (and perfected) by the Chinese by way of silk worming. For many generations, artificial flowers and silk flower arrangements were intricately crafted by hand with the help of this rich material; then once the phenomenon spread across the continents, artisans would shortly thereafter start incorporating other luxurious fabrics like velvets, gauze, and crepe into these lavish faux botanicals.  However today most artificial plants and flowers are actually made from plastic, polyester, and other high quality, man-made materials. You can read more about this in The History of Fake Plants.  

 

If silk flowers aren’t actually silk, what are they made of? 

The materials that artificial flowers have evolved from is unlimited; at first it was purely silk, then artisans shortly thereafter started incorporating other luxurious fabrics like velvets, gauze, and crepe.  Today in the modern era, fake flowers (also referred to as “permanent botanicals”) are mostly made from high-quality plastics and other man-made textiles. You can read more about this in The History of Fake Flowers.  


Can I use fake flowers in my wedding decor? 

Of course! In today’s modern age the design and creative capabilities of artificial flora is limitless; in fact, most wedding coordinators will admit that the request for artificial flowers and greenery has seen a significant rise in popularity due to their benefits. Better yet, when searching platforms like Pinterest, one will find entire community of DIYers who have already taken the plunge into faux botanicals and have created beautiful, one-of-a-kind creations that are truly when it comes to weddings and other specialized events. You can find out more in Wedding Décor With Fake Flowers. 

 

How to clean artificial flowers? 

While our selection of fake flowers will eliminate the need for daily maintenance, you will periodically want to clean it and wipe away any dust it might have gathered.  We recommend doing this with a feather duster or a microfiber cleaning cloth and/or spare cleaning towelettes, gently dusting and removing any excess dirt, dust, and debris from your artificial plants.  If easily portable, bring your artificial arrangement outside and use a paintbrush to remove any extra dirt that has accumulated not only on the faux-liage, but within the planter itself (like on the moss, rocks, and setting). You can learn more in How To Care For Artificial Plants. 

 

Can you mix artificial flowers with real flowers? 

Of course! In fact, we recommend it! With those who are a bit apprehensive of incorporating faux renditions into their everyday lives, we highly suggest taking a few tips on Styling Fake Flowers so that you can rest assured your botanical beauties look just as real and beauti-faux as their living counterparts.  

 

How to make fake flowers look real? 

While living flowers are great for filling living spaces with fresh color and life, there’s no denying that fake flowers can provide just as much beauty as the realistic flora; and while you might be hesitant in making the leap into artificial flora with just a few tips on Styling Fake Flowers, you can easily make fake flowers look real when creating your own one-of-a-kind botanical creations. 

 

Where to buy artificial flowers? 

No matter the season, we offer a vast selection of artificial flowers that will provide instant fauxever-lasting beauty wherever displayed.  Whether you’re looking for something simple or perhaps a tad extravagant, opt for a lifelike flower arrangement that boasts silk flowers in mid-bloom.  If you’re looking to get more creative on your own end, you can browse our lifelike collection of loose silk flower stems that come already in pre-packaged sets but that you can easily mix and showcase with your own favorite flowers and greenery.   

 

What is the water-like substance in the bottom of your artificial arrangements? 

The “water look” or also known as “liquid illusion” set in some of our silk arrangements is a high-quality water illusion, poured by hand in the USA which beautifully creates the appearance of freshly cut flowers set in water.  And because we use premium high-quality materials to create such a lifelike appearance of freshly cut flowers, you don’t have to worry about it yellowing over time. You can shop these fresh-looking bouquets via our Water Look Arrangements.

  

Do the flower arrangements come in the planters as pictured? 

Yes they do! With every fake plant, artificial tree, or silk flower arrangement, the accompanying planter is always included in the cost of the product. We are continuously updating our products/collections to offer your countless of planter options in a range of materials, sizes, shapes, and colors.  

 

How are your silk flower arrangements measured? 

On each of our product pages below the product description you will see that we’ve included the height and width of each item, measured in feet and inches. Some products will also display in their imagery a sized graphic to ensure you of the items’ dimensions.