Tips for Working with Faux Florals:
I used a pair of wire cutter pliers to trim off little sprigs of berries from the larger bunch. This way, I had more control when placing each sprig.
The same went for the cotton. These fluffy white clouds are very popular in Christmas décor. I imagine we’ll be seeing them in Christmas trees and floral arrangements throughout the season. For that reason, they’re not the least expensive faux floral to be found, and so hacking them up into individual sprigs helps to spread them around and increase their impact.
Oh, pine cones. I know it seems sacrilegious to purchase them at a craft store, but, unfortunately, the pine cones that grow where I live are about 2″ long and are not all that impressive.
If you do have pine cones that are worthy of a floral arrangement, be sure to bake them prior to using them. Spread them on a baking sheet covered in tin foil and place them in a 225°F oven for 30 minutes, checking on them frequently. This will help to both kill any bugs that may have travelled indoors with the cones, as well as dry out and ‘puff up’ the pine cones.