Methods of Attachment for Floral Decorations October 19 2016

Imagine that you have just received a delivery.  A beautiful selection of artificial flowers. They are just as stunning as you imagined them, and they are going to create exactly the look you are after in your home. You may want to place them in a vase. Or perhaps you have something a bit more creative in mind...This article will help you with decisions regarding how to effectively ATTACH Artificial Flower Decorations.


An important part of decorating with artificial flowers and foliage, apart from the actual arranging, is making them stay, where they are intended. On walls, ceilings, posts, plasterboard, arches, marquee poles, arbours, church pews, tables, pedestals, trellis, framework, etc.. 

'Decorations can be attached to objects temporarily or permanently.'

Temporary attachments are particularly useful for events such as weddings and birthdays either in your home or at hired venues. For example - Artificial Flower or Foliage Garlands for weddings. It is important to choose the right method of attachment so when temporary decorations are removed, maybe after hours, a day or a week, the item being decorated should not be damaged.

Permanent Artificial Flower Decorations are usually used for the life of the object to be decorated, or of the decoration itself. For example: a cafe - foliage walls, a tavern - grape garlands with grape bunches, a wedding reception centre with an arch, floral chandelier or backdrop or one off advertising props. 

Permanent decoration, ‘methods of attachment’ may be more invasive than temporary decorations because it is intended to be attached to the support object for the life of the display. 

It may be important that the ‘Methods of Attachment’ are effectively invisible to the observer. Also, always remember the heavier the decoration, the stronger the attachment needed.


Below are lists of examples of Permanent and Temporary - ‘Methods of Attachment’


Permanent ‘Methods of Attachment’
  1. Nails, screws, bolts and tacks

  2. Liquid nails ™ or similar (and appropriate clamping devices for positioning while curing)

  3. Plywood support boards

  4. Hot melt glue

  5. Silicone

  6. Staple or tack gun

  7. Ceiling hooks

  8. Support framework


Temporary ‘Methods of Attachment’

  1. Ribbon, string, light tie wire, nursery wire or fuse wire

  2. Fishing line

  3. Drawing pins, thumb tacks, opened office stapler

  4. *Velcro ™

  5. Blue Tac ™

  6. 3M commander ™ velcro or hook uninvasive removable adhesive systems

  7. Paper clips

  8. Adhesive tapes, packing tape, electrical tape, stem tape

  9. Gravity, ballast (heavy pots)

  10. Vases and pots

  11. *Magnets and magnetic metals

  12. Needle and thread

  13. Brooch or safety pin/s

  14. *Bulldog clips and pegs

  15. Thick or thin decorative fabric ties or sashes (Hessian, Satin, Organza, etc)

  16. Cable ties

  17. Tent pegs, star piquets (outdoor)

  18. Elastic bands or ribbon

  19. *Conduit tube (to support stems, clusters or posies)

  20. Helium balloons

  21. Styrofoam, plumbers foam, florist foam

  22. A mixture of the above


* = Methods of attachment that are quickly removable and reattachable