How To Make Beautiful Fall Flower Arrangements

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Fall decorating is full of autumn oranges, yellows, reds and browns, and the feel of the changing seasons. The holidays are coming up, so get your home in an autumn mood with beautiful flower arrangements that celebrate the season.

Pumpkin Centerpiece

You can make a delightful fall centerpiece using a pumpkin as a base. It's sure to inspire comments, and it's lots of fun to make. You can use whatever flowers please you the most, but this arrangement looks especially nice with small sunflowers, lilies, mums or daisies.

  • Choose a pumpkin with an even, round shape, and a fairly flat bottom. A medium size pumpkin, around 12 inches across is best.
  • You will need a vase, juice can or drinking glass to use as the flower holder inside the pumpkin. It should be tall enough to extend up and out of the pumpkin by one half inch.
  • Use the holder to trace a circle on the pumpkin's top.
  • With a sharp knife, cut around your traced circle, and lift the pumpkin lid off.
  • Scoop out the pulp and seeds.
  • Insert the holder into the pumpkin, and fill halfway with water.
  • Start arranging flowers in the holder, starting with the tallest flowers first.
  • Surround the taller flowers with greenery and medium height flowers.
  • Finish the arrangement with the shortest flowers, and perhaps a few stems with leaves. Arrange the flowers to cover the edge of the holder.
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Floral swag

Decorate your stairway banister with an arrangement of fall berries, leaves and ribbon, or hang it on the wall for an autumn touch. Your local craft store will have a selection of craft berries, silk leaves, raffia and ribbon. Choose leaves in classic autumn colors like orange, yellow and red, along with twigs and red berries for a beautiful display. Ribbon in green, gold, orange and red will look especially nice with this swag. A twig bow will make the perfect base for attaching the flowers.

  • Lay the twig bow out flat, and arrange the berry stems and twigs to fan out on top.
  • Use craft wire to fasten the stems of the berries and twigs to the twig bow.
  • Add the silk leaves along the edges, so that they are poking out behind the berries. Wire them in place to the twig bow.
  • Tie the ribbon into a large bow, and fasten to the top of the swag. The bow should cover up any wires, and have ribbon tails hanging down the front of the swag.
  • Use the twig bow as a hanger to fasten your swag to the banister or wall.

Front Porch

Visitors will be charmed by a display of autumn flowers and pumpkins on your front porch. You can decorate your porch simply by setting out pots of colorful mums, and a few pumpkins in varying sizes.

  • If you have front steps, alternate a pumpkin and a pot of mums on each step.
  • Group a few pumpkins and pots of flowers in the corner near your door. Be sure not to block access.
  • Select pumpkins and gourds in a variety of hues to create a colorful fall display.

Wreath

Finish off your front porch display with an autumn wreath on the door. Visit your local craft store to purchase a grape vine wreath to use as a base, a variety of dried or silk autumn leaves, dried or craft flowers such as mums, berry twigs, and small craft pumpkins and pinecones. You will need a hot glue gun or craft wire to fasten everything together.

  • Start by fastening the leaves around the grape vine wreath. Arrange the leaves so they poke out to the sides and into the center. When they are arranged to your liking, hot glue them into place.
  • Tuck twigs and berry stems all the way around the wreath, positioning them slightly off-center. Glue or wire into position.
  • Glue the dried flowers around the front and inner edge of the wreath, spacing them in groups of two or three.
  • Fill in bare spots with pinecones or small craft pumpkins, using wire to hold in place.
  • You can hang the wreath as is, or finish it off with a large bow. Hang on the front door to let visitors know you are welcoming autumn.

Cornucopia

A cornucopia is a traditional fall or Thanksgiving centerpiece. Instead of the typical vegetables, you can fill yours with a bountiful display of fresh flowers.

You can find a basket for your cornucopia at the craft store. Floral foam will be used to hold the flowers, and you will need a liner or plastic bag. Sunflowers, mums, daisies, and roses are beautiful choices for this arrangement. You will also need leaves and greenery to fill in the display.

  • Soak the floral foam in water until it is saturated.
  • Place the floral foam in a bowl or plastic bag inside the cornucopia.
  • Start with the leaves and greenery, pushing their stems into the floral foam, and arranging them to create a base covering.
  • Lay your largest flowers in next. Push the stems into the floral foam, and spread the flowers out into a pattern that pleases you.
  • Continue with smaller flowers, laying them on top of the larger flowers, and creating layers.
  • When your cornucopia is full, tuck a few blossoms around the edges and base to fill in any bare spots.
  • Remember a cornucopia should be overflowing; so fill generously with flowers and greenery.

Fall is the perfect time to experiment with floral arrangements that make use of the gourds, pumpkins, berries, autumn leaves and flowers that are available now. Decorate your home with flower arrangements that brighten up the shortening days, and remind you of the joys of the season.

Last Updated: August 9, 2013
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About Michelle Ullman Michelle Ullman has lived and gardened in Southern California since childhood. A freelance writer, she covers topics ranging from gardening to home improvement to health issues. She also has experience as a catalog copywriter and poet. Michelle has trained and worked as a respiratory therapist and surgical technologist, but prefers to spend her time gardening, and walking with her dog. Michelle holds a Bachelor's Degree from Redlands University in Business Management. 

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