A round up of the best fake flowers that look real, 12 places to buy them, + tricks to make artificial flowers look even more realistic.
So uh… I blacked out the other day and accidentally bought like 8 bunches of fake flowers.
I don’t know how it happened. Total mystery. Just my need for spring, I guess.
Like in my blind rage against the latest cold snap we were in as the freezing temps shriveled all of my plants outside that I potted during an overly optimistic late winter warm front and forgot to cover them up, I launched myself down the rabbit hole of reading artificial flower reviews of all things.
It resulted in these gorgeous fake flowers that look real, I SWEAR! I’m a total snob when it comes to plastic-y fake looking artificial flower stems, but I hate the mess fresh flowers make. So here we are…
Where to Find Fake Flowers That Look Real
Not all faux flowers are created equal, even from retailer to retailer. From high-end to low-budget stores, some of their products are just hit or miss.
So I pulled together a bunch of my favorite specific artificial flowers later in this post that I own myself or have seen/felt in person (because pictures online are often deceiving).
But if you need a good starting point, these retailers have some of the best fake flowers that look real.
3 Tricks to Make Fake Flowers Look Real
1. “Fluff” Your Stems
Just like you would when decorating an artificial Christmas tree, bend your flower stems in different directions to make them appear more full and so they fall naturally within the vase.
Smooth out the leaves. Gently reshape any blooms with your hands. Sometimes it even helps to fluff up fake blooms for a few seconds with a hair dryer set on cold.
2. Cut the Stem Ends to Fit the Height of Your Vase
If you’re using an opaque vase, you can get away with just bending your faux flower stems to the height you need.
But if you’re using a clear vase, cut them with some wire snips to look more like real flowers. Don’t those faux pink roses in the glass vase on our coffee table below look real?
3. Add a Few Inches of Water
When using a clear vase, fill the bottom with 2-3 inches of water.
Make sure to refresh the water every week or two since the stems can still discolor, but that one little detail can make fake flowers look real.
4. Add Scent
Spritz a little bit of floral perfume or essential oil on your artificial flowers to even fake the scent of real ones. Our noses might convince us they’re the real thing.
The Best Fake Flowers That Look Real
These are some of the best artificial flowers that look incredibly realistic and even FEEL real with some featuring petals made with Real Touch latex.
Gather several stems of the same type for a simple flower arrangement or mix several blooms of varying height and shapes to make more complex flower bouquets.
Tip: If you need help making faux floral arrangements in vases, try this tape grid method.
Neutral Vases That Don’t Break the Bank
It’s helpful to have a wide variety of neutral vases in your stash in different heights and shapes to accommodate different faux flower types so that you can use them in any room alongside any other decor. These are my absolute favorite transitional vases to keep in my capsule.
Or if you love shopping secondhand, I find vases at thrift stores all the time. They’re so easy to change up with spray paint. This brass vase below was just a couple dollars at Goodwill, but I decided to leave the patina because I loved the character it added.
Realistic Fake Flowers in Our Dining Room
I’m so totally in love! They look and feel so real in person!
I stuck two of these absolutely gigantic bay leaf stems on the buffet too, and the drama they create in this little corner is so good!
Best Artificial Flowers for Outdoors
You can see our top recommended artificial plants and flowers for outdoors here. All of them are UV treated and made to last in all kinds of weather.
Have you discovered any realistic fake flowers lately?
Once I find a good one, I keep it in my stash for years and rotate them room to room constantly all year long with the exception of Christmas. (And even then, I’ll sometimes sneak them into our Christmas tree to fill gaps and stretch our ornament collection.)
Best of all, at least there will be no dead shriveled petals to clean off the floor in a week.
Frequently Asked Questions
Artificial flowers are usually less expensive than real flowers. Plus, they last much longer and require very little care other than an occasional dusting.
Not all artificial flowers are made to be used outdoors. If you want to use fake flowers outside, buy flowers that are already UV treated or spray them with a UV floral protectant.
1. Buy good quality faux flowers.
2. Fluff leaves and petals and bend stems so they look more natural.
3. Put artificial flowers in a pretty vase or planter.
4. Cut the stems to fit the container; don’t just bend them to fit if the container is clear.
5. Add water to a clear vase with faux flowers to look real.