It’s Christmas already?
Time to bust out the seasonal festivities, and with that - the decorations.
Nowadays, there is a myriad of options to choose from regarding plants. But did you know that you don’t have to subject living foliage to the harsh conditions of winter? Instead, you can opt for equally lively but less-alive artificial plants!
Whether or not you’re looking forward to adding flair to your living space for the upcoming holidays, it can’t hurt to get some ideas rolling. And you don’t even need a green thumb!
But where do you start?
6 Tips When Decorating with Artificial Plants
For a touch of cheer and a sprinkle of style, artificial plants can go a long way. But depending on the ambiance you’re chasing and the feel of your living space, decorating may look different compared to working with real plants.
So what should you do?
Have a Plan
First, you should start with having a layout in mind of where you would like to place your decorations. By having a vague idea, you can decide on what types of artificial plants are best suited for your desired display.
Your plan doesn’t have to be rigid. Instead, you just need to know whether you’d prefer a larger or smaller plant in a specific area, whether you like your plants lush and leafy or more inconspicuous, etc.
It might also help if you know whether you want to fully deck your abode or scatter decorations here and there for a more minimalistic look. Ultimately, it depends on what you want to achieve with your plants and how you want them to fit in the environment.
Get Plants Compatible with Multiple Holidays
Since you’ve already decided to funnel money into artificial decorations, you should pick plants that are suitable for multiple holidays. For example, if you opt for our country fern artificial vertical garden, its ornate system can grace your walls for all major (and minor) holidays. Yes, it’s that diverse!
If you have specific places in your home that you want to decorate, you can rotate plants in and out of the spots as the seasons change.
And apart from green walls, you can also invite a more traditional holiday look by incorporating pine trees in your decorations. Hang a few ornaments and string lights on the branches and you’re set for a night in with some eggnog.
Invest in Long-Lasting Plants
If there’s one thing artificial plants do well, it’s durability. In fact, they’re a great way to keep your decorations up year-round. Since artificial greenery is diverse, you can adjust it to suit non-festive periods as well. Just make sure to choose plants made of sturdy materials so you can squeeze every drop of usability from them.
Now, they may be more expensive than the ones you’d get at the box store, but is it really worth it to spend your hard-earned dollars on plants you have to pack away soon? Plus, you can move the bigger plants around your home and determine where they fit best.
Take the artificial green wall disc as an example - you can hang it both indoors and outdoors and allow it to beautify your space every month of the year! And since you’re not buying new fake plants every year, you’re essentially reducing your decorating budget in the long run.
Use Oils for a Festive Smell
While live plants do give off nostalgic aromas and add to a pleasant environment, artificial plants aren’t without merit either. For a hint of warmth, you can use essential oils in combination with your artificial greens.
Whether you like cinnamon, peppermint, cypress, nutmeg, or pine, you can capture the essence of Christmas with just a smell. Simply add a few drops of your favorite Christmassy scent on the leaves or branches of your plants and let it do its thing.
Alternatively, you can opt for scented pinecones or air fresheners. As you can see, the possibilities are endless!
Use Outdoor Planters
Breaking the mental barrier and taking your decorations outside can esthetically elevate your exterior. If you don’t want to go all out and put up Christmas trees in the garden, porch, or patio, you can settle for something smaller like an outdoor planter to spruce up your landscaping.
The good thing about this option is its versatility. Artificial planters are low maintenance, just like other fake plants. They come in different shapes, shades, and sizes, and you should just ensure they’re UV-resistant so they don’t fade quickly. Luckily, all our plants are just that!
If you want to make the planters yourself, you can get a lump of clay or a block of floral foam and insert the fake plants’ stems. Make sure they’re at least 2 inches deep so they can brave the winter and won’t take a beating from the wind.
Don’t Forget the Garlands
Is there anything that says “Christmas” better than rich garlands?
The garland is many Americans’ idea of a holiday decoration, and it’s not hard to see why. Despite using them on your Christmas tree, you can drape them across your holiday mantel or deck your halls, windows, and doors in luscious greenery.
If you have an indoor (or outdoor) staircase, the garland would look exceptional wired on the handrail or attached to the busters. And if you’re the creative type, you can make your own wreath and hang it on the front door to warmly greet your guests.
These tips are only the first steps you can take when including artificial plants in your holiday decor. But the next part is undoubtedly the most fun - the decorating itself!
Although there are many directions you can take with your holiday plants, you don’t have to do everything at once. In fact, it’s better if you try some things one year and then change it up the next. That way, you’ll have an objective view of how each decorations fits in your living space.