Creating Stylish Festive Faux Florals At Home With Friend Of Faux

TOAST chats to Anna Robinson, founder of Friend of Faux, to get her top tips for truly fabulous faux florals this festive season!

Always thought fake flowers were a bit naff? Well think again. TOAST chats to Anna Robinson, founder of stylish faux floral specialists Friend of Faux, to get her top tips for truly fabulous faux florals this festive season.

Having grown up in leafy Gloucestershire Anna is now based in London’s hip Hackney, and launched Friend of Faux in 2014. Throughout her former career in PR and event management, Anna worked with a multitude of talented florists but was constantly saddened when their beautiful (and expensive), fresh arrangements were used for just a few hours before ending up in the bin, and so now she offers a fresh and fashionable approach to faux floral styling.

Friend of Faux’s genius faux garland hire service means that you can dress any venue beautifully with floral and fauna that won't wilt, won't get chucked away and won't cost the earth and as Anna says ‘while you can never quite beat the real thing, sometimes the fake stuff is just the ticket!’. Here she gives us her top tips on creating magic and wonder this Christmas using faux florals at home. 


Make an investment

Buy some beautiful faux Christmas spruce and pine that can be reused every year. These fake stems look amazing, they don't shed millions of needles and they can be customised and updated with fresh details each year.

Combine fresh and faux

I love adding in some real eucalyptus to my faux wreaths and garlands - it helps bring them to life and smells great too. Real branches, dried cones and preserved seed heads are also great among the faux for added detail and texture. I love using preserved poppy heads in my wreaths as an alternative to berries or baubles. 

Don’t stress

God knows Christmas is stressful enough without worrying about trends! Personally I always love natural green foliage that celebrates the outdoors. Muted berries, earthy brown seeds pods and velvety greens.

Au naturel

I think there's a real shift in going back to the earth and celebrating nature's festive delights. You don't need to go out and buy loads of new decor and it doesn't have to be expensive. You can rustle up garlands, wreaths and arrangements from almost any type of foraged greenery. A good pair of secateurs and some wire is all you need!

For the table

Every year I make a Christmas garland for the dining table. I use faux Christmas pine and spruce as a base and weave in mistletoe, bay and fir from the garden. I make it really oversized so it cascades down either end of the table. Add in some pine cones and nestle in big church candles amongst the foliage. It's completely impractical for serving food and the foliage often gets covered in gravy and candle wax, but it looks amazing and lasts the whole Christmas period!

Pine place holders

Pine cones make great name place holders - tie on personalised luggage labels or simply slip in a name card.

Friend Of Faux Xmas Florals 1

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Friend Of Faux Xmas Florals

Friend Of Faux Xmas Florals Wreaths

Friend Of Fux Floral Wreaths

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For more from Friend of Faux you can find TOAST’s recent Spotlight interview with Anna over on TheEDIT now, or visit their page in TOAST’s Little Black Book.

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