DIY Faux Floral Bud Vase Arrangement with Fake Water

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Craft an easy and inexpensive DIY faux floral arrangement with fake water, faux flowers, & a couple of bud vases that you can use in your home decor for many seasons to come.

DIY bud vase with faux flowers and fake water for your home decor.
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I was recently browsing Pottery Barn’s website and came across a faux flower arrangement with a price tag of over $300! What?!

Now don’t get me wrong, I understand that quality faux flowers can come with a hefty price tag, but this arrangement left me scratching my head.

It consisted of just three elements: a handful of faux floral stems, a simple glass jar, and fake water. That’s it. And for that, they were asking a small fortune.

Frankly, it just didn’t seem worth the money to me.

But I had a thought, why not create my own version of a faux floral arrangement with fake water at a fraction of the cost?

So, with a bit of creativity, I decided to craft my own.

Let me tell you, I was shocked at how easy and budget friendly it was to create these beautiful bud vases with faux flowers!

If you don’t want to dish out big bucks for overpriced home decor, then this blog post is for you.

I’ll show you how to achieve the look of those expensive arrangements at a fraction of the cost.

DIY floral arrangement with bud vases, faux flowers, and acrylic water.

What you’ll love about this diy:

  • Its affordability! By creating your own faux floral arrangement using fake water, you’ll save a ton of money compared to purchasing one from the store. With just a few simple materials, you can achieve a high-end look without breaking the bank.
  • You can customize every aspect of this easy DIY to fit your own personal home decor style. From the types of faux flowers you use to choosing the size and shape of the vases, you have complete creative control over the final result.
  • Faux floral arrangements offer long-lasting beauty unlike fresh flowers that wilt and require constant replacement. With proper care, your DIY arrangement will retain its realistic appearance for years to come, making it a durable home decoration.
  • Fake flowers don’t require watering, pruning, or sunlight to thrive. Once you’ve assembled your arrangement and simulated the water, you can simply set it and forget it.
  • Despite being artificial, faux flowers can look remarkably realistic, especially when set in fake water.

Supplies You’ll Need to Create a Bud Vase Arrangement With Fake Water

You’ll need the following materials for this DIY project which can easily be found at your local craft stores like Micheal’s or Hobby Lobby.

Supplies for a DIY floral arrangement with acrylic water, glass vases, and faux forsythia stems.
  • 3 Bud Vases: Use any bud vase or vessel you like. These are the bud vases I used.
  • 1 Faux Forsythia Flowering Branch: Again, this is where you can get creative. Feel free to use any faux flowers you love. Bud vases typically only hold 1-2 stems so you won’t need many stems to fill them.
  • Acrylic Water Kit: This kit comes with everything you need to make faux water including the resin, hardener, plastic mixing cup, stirring stick, and instructions.
  • Pliers or Wire Cutters: Use these for easily cutting the stems from the branch.
  • Funnel: This will help keep the faux water from splashing onto the sides of the bottle.
  • Something to Protect Your Work Surface: I used an old cutting board, but you could also use an old tablecloth, drop cloth, or an old cookie sheet too.


How to Make a Faux Flower Arrangement With Fake Water

With just a few simple materials and a bit of creativity, you can create a beautiful bud vase arrangement that will brighten your home decor without breaking the bank.

Step 1: Prepare the Vases

Start by removing any labels and thoroughly cleaning your glass bud vases to ensure they’re free from any dust or debris.

You want your arrangement to shine, so don’t skip this step!

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Step 2: Trim the Faux Flowers

Using pliers or wire cutters, trim each individual forsythia stem where the stem meets the main branch.

Cut the faux floral stems to length with wire cutters or pliers.

Before making the fake water, place the stems in the bud vases to get an idea of how you want to arrange them.

Once you have the stems arranged how you like them, make sure to remove any flowers, buds, or leaves from the stem inside the vase (you don’t want the acrylic water on them), then place the stems off to the side making sure you remember which stems go into each vase.

Pro Tip: To make faux stems look real, gently bend and twist the plastic or wire material to mimic the subtle imperfections found in nature. Pay attention to the way real stems curve and bend, and replicate those organic shapes in your faux stems.

Step 3: Make the Fake Water

Follow the instructions carefully on the acrylic water product you purchase to ensure the best results.

Mix the resin and hardener in a plastic cup to create fake water.

Once fully mixed, using a funnel, pour the resin into the bud vases making sure not to spill or splash on the surrounding glass.

Pour the faux water into a vase using a funnel for easy clean up.

Pour as little or as much of the resin mixture into each vase as you like.

Step 4: Add the Flowers to the Vases

Take the faux floral stems you put off to the side and add them to the bud vases.

Make sure the ends of the flower stems are in the “water”.

You have a good 30 minutes to play around with the placement of the flowers before the resin begins to harden.

Create a DIY faux floral arrangement with acrylic water for home decor all year round.

Move the vase around to make sure the arrangement of the flowers looks good from all angles.

Place the vases in a secure spot where they won’t be disturbed, and allow the fake water to cure for at least 48 hours.

Pro Tip: The warmer the air temperature in your home, the faster the fake water will set. If you’re doing this craft in winter when your home might be on the cooler side, it may take 2-4 days for the fake water to firm up.

Once the acrylic water is firm, find the perfect spot to display your faux floral bud vase arrangement!

DIY home decor with a faux floral arrangement using bud vases, flowers, and acrylic water.


  • Invest in realistic looking faux flowers made from high quality materials. Look for details like natural looking petals, lifelike colors, and realistic textures.
  • Don’t limit yourself to using just one type of faux flower. Try mixing different varieties and colors adds depth and visual interest to your arrangement.
  • Play around with the height and proportion of your faux flowers to create visual interest.
  • Choose clear glass vases to showcase the faux water effect. The transparency of the vases will allow the faux water to shine and create the illusion of depth.

Where can I display a faux floral arrangement?

Your faux floral arrangement can literally be displayed anywhere in your home, that’s the beauty of this DIY!

Here are some ideas for you…

  • Dining Table
  • Living Room Coffee Table
  • Entryway Console Table
  • Bedroom Dresser or Nightstand
  • Bathroom Vanity
  • Home Office Desk
  • Shelf or Bookcase

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How can I clean my faux flower arrangement and the fake water?

Cleaning a faux floral arrangement and the fake water is simple and easy.

Dusting and spot cleaning every few weeks will help prevent dirt buildup and maintain the overall appearance of your arrangement.

  • Dust Removal: Start by gently dusting the surface of your faux flowers and foliage using a soft bristled brush or a feather duster. This will remove any loose dirt, debris, or pet hair that may have accumulated on the surface over time.
  • Wipe Down: Dampen a clean, lint-free cloth with water and gently wipe down the leaves, stems, and petals of your faux flowers. This will help remove any stubborn dirt or residue and restore their natural shine.
  • Cleaning the Fake Water: You may notice a layer of dust that will build up on the fake water over time. To clean the fake water in your arrangement, wipe down the inside of the vase with a clean lint free cloth dampened with water and pat dry with a towel.
  • Avoid Harsh Chemicals: When cleaning your faux floral arrangement, avoid using harsh chemicals, bleach, or abrasive cleaners since they can damage the delicate materials and colors. Stick to mild soap and water solutions for gentle cleaning.

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