I use artificial flowers for every holiday and used to just throw them in a large storage container. Then I started washing out my bread bags because they are the perfect length and started saving those little plastic tabs for holding the bag closed.
You can wash and shape the flowers so it does no real harm to squash them slightly getting them into the bag leaving the stems at the opened end of bag and closing them with tabs. The flowers are quite resilient and you usually have to shape them when you use them again anyway. Also you can see what's in the bags and if not just label them. I found this to work for me and is a space saver as well.
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My daughter was suppose to get married in August, but because of the Covid it was postponed until July 2021. How can I keep these from fading or discoloring?
I am sorry to hear your daughters wedding is getting postponed until then.
I have always stored my artificial flowers in a cool area in my home (plastic tub) and make sure the tub is large enough.
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I have found the best way to keep my artificial plants looking nice and no fading is to first be sure they are clean and dry (no problem with yours) and choose a container that I can gently lay my flowers and no smushing and leave some room at the top so lid closes well.
I always place a layer of tissues paper between layers but that may not be necessary. No newspaper.
I use only dark colored airtight plastic containers/tubs as I found that any light (even through clear tubs) will fade pretty colors.
I usually try to find a dry place and they usually keep well for years.
I know a young woman who decided to have her wedding via Zoom, LOL. I'm sure y'all are happier to just wait.
I'm not sure I would store them in plastic containers, because chemicals can leach into the product and affect the integrity of the flowers, especially if they are exposed to heat or temperature changes. I would prefer metal or giant glass jars.
It's imperative to save them, either way, in a dark place not exposed to the sun. As well, hopefully in a climate controlled area that is kept at an even 75 degrees year round with only a 20% humidity.
Can you store silk flowers in the heat and how hot can they get without damage?
Silk flowers won't be damaged by heat, but if in the sun can fade.
I store silk flowers in my shed. Neither the heat nor the cold has any effect on them. But when you have them in the direct sun, perhaps in a wreath on your door they will fade very quickly.
i am not an expert. but i do not like to store anything in the heat... if hot enough they will disfigure ro bend...and if in direct sunlight. will fade.......
I have several flower arrangements that I would like to use again. The problem is they seem to take up so much room in my craft room, how and where to store them so they want get mashed or dusty?
By Andrea from LA
I store my seasonal silk flowers by rubber banding the stems together about halfway up from the bottom, putting a plastic bag of the appropriate size over the flowers, gathering the open end of the bag around the stems and closing with a twist tie, leaving the upper part full of air, like a balloon, to protect the flowers. I have used plastic grocery bags, wastebasket bags, whatever was big enough to make a sufficient balloon over the flowers, with enough to gather around the stems below. I have stored these bouquets standing in unused vases in the spare room, or laid gently in lidded boxes, criss-crossing the bouquets so that no flower head is resting on any other. They always stay clean and uncrushed this way.
Do you have unused space under a bed?
where have you found a container long enough?
I have many floral displays that we switch out at the cemetery. I am looking for a way to store them so the arrangements do not get flattened or misshaped.
You can use cleaned, empty oatmeal tubs if the bouquets fit. Push the stem end through a small hole poked in the lid, and they'll hang upside down without touching the sides of the tub. If you don't think you managed to get the tub quite clean enough, you can line it with a produce bag from the supermarket.
If they're too big for oatmeal tubs, try empty shoeboxes - you might be able to fit two bouquets in if you put their narrow ends on oposite sides of the box.
A possibility for short, round bouquets is 2-quart food containers, either something like recycled margarine tubs, or ones you purchased just for storage.
I switch my arrangements with each holiday and season. I wash them first then after they are dry, I will wrap the arrangement in a large square of fabric (cone shape like florist wraps in paper), tie a piece of twine around the stems and hang the arrangement upside-down in the garage. No dust, no crushing, no mold if little bit of moisture was in plastic bag.
This is a page about organizing silk flowers. If you do a lot of crafting using silk flowers, organizing your supply may be a challenge.