Artificial Flowers Put in Garbage Fake Flowers Are Not Recyclable Toss fake flowers in the trash, along with any plastic stems or greenery. Ways to Reuse Give Away or Donate If you have artificial flowers in good condition, give them away or donate them to your local thrift store. Save for Next Year Store your artificial flowers and reuse them later instead of buying new arrangements. Make Something New Use your fake flowers to create something new. There are tons of DIY faux flower crafts online — check out these ideas on Pinterest. Did You Know? Make Your Own Paper Flowers Upcycle flowers from newspaper, an old book, paper grocery bags or used gift wrap.