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DIY – How to design a stunning Autumn Centerpiece

Are you ready for Fall?

Fall has arrived and it’s the perfect time to make a Fall Centerpiece for your table. 

Just keep reading and I’ll show you the steps to make this autumn table arrangement and give you great tips about designing with fresh flowers!!

First, let’s start with the flowers and greenery.

You can easily make centerpieces with flowers picked from your garden or from the local grocery store.  You may have ivies and branches in your yard that’ll work great too.

For this arrangement, I used beautiful orange roses, pretty yellow spider mums, yellow mini carnations, and red spray roses with ruscus israeli, leather leaf, and aspidistra leaves.

Spider mums are breathtaking and have a very striking appearance.  Also known as fuji mums, these mums can last 14 to 21 days in an arrangement. We’re using yellow spider mums in our design. 

Add a splash of color, we used the red spray roses in our arrangement.  They also work as a filler in the arrangement.

Now for some tips on greenery!

I used Israeli Ruscus in our arrangement.  It’s dark green in color, has a firm stem, and enhances floral arrangements.  It’s beautiful!  Israeli Ruscus is usually sold as part of a bunch of mixed ivies at your local grocery store.

Aspidistra leaves are gorgeous. I think they’re elegant!  Aspidistra leaves are long and shiny. The average length is 18 to 21 inches.  Florists use the long leaves in arrangements and to line vases to hide flower stems.  Aspidistra leaves are dark green or variegated green and white.

An alternative to fresh Aspidistra leaves — is a water-resistant leaf ribbon.  You can find the leaf ribbon at AfloralAmazon, and Quick Candles.

Now – let’s get started!

Creating a fresh flower arrangement is easier than it looks. For this festive centerpiece you’ll need:

  • 1 vase.  I used a square glass vase. (5″ by 5″)
  • Water-resistant scotch tape or wet floral foam
  • Fresh flowers from your flower garden or the local grocery store.  Purchase 2 or 3 bunches of flowers from the store.  Most bouquets come with the greenery you’ll need for this centerpiece and a flower food packet.
  • Greenery.  You may have the perfect greenery in your backyard.  Do you have hydrangea bushes or eucalyptus branches in your yard?  Even boxwood branches can be used.  Ivies and branches from your yard or the local grocery store will work perfectly.

Gather your supplies –

You’ll find an assortment of vases at TargetWholesale Flowers and Supplies, and Save on Crafts or your local craft store.  The scissors you have at home will work fine.  If you’re looking for florist scissors or pruning shears you’ll find a nice selection at Home Depot.  Amazon has Sakagen flower scissors available in a great assortment of colors.  If you plan to use wet floral foam for the design you’ll find it at Michaels, Amazon, or your local craft store. You’ll find water-resistant aspidistra leaf ribbons at AfloralAmazon, and Quick Candles.

Prep Work –

Before we start to design your beautiful centerpiece we have a little prep work to do.

Cutting the flower stems at a 45-degree angle is important. 

With scissors make a long 45-degree angle cut.  Cutting stems at an angle helps flowers and ivies absorb water.  If you don’t cut the stems at an angle, they sit on the bottom of the vase and can’t absorb water.  Flowers won’t last nearly as long if they’re not cut at an angle.

Next, remove the leaves from the stems.  Removing the leaves will keep your flowers fresh longer.  Leaves that sit in the water collect bacteria which can be damaging to the flowers.

Flower Arrangement Techniques –

You can use different methods to hold the stems in place.  

  • One way is to use water-resistant scotch tape on top of the vase in a crisscross pattern. This is a simple florist shortcut to make your designs more professional.
  • Another way is to use wet floral foam. I’ve used wet floral foam for this design.

Floral Tips – When creating a fresh flower arrangement using wet floral foam soak the foam in water before placing it in the vase. First, add water to a container or sink, twice the height of the foam. Add a packet of flower food to the water, then the floral foam. If the wet floral foam has holes on one side add the foam to the water with the holes down. Let the foam slowly sink to the bottom. This allows the foam to absorb the water properly. Never force the foam down in the water as this can create dry spots in the foam.

Preparing your vase –

Using wet floral foam –

  • Cut the wet floral foam to fit inside the vase. You don’t want the foam to be snug in the vase.
  • Soak the floral foam in water as noted above.
  • Cut the stem off of the aspidistra leaves and wrap the aspidistra leaves around the wet floral foam.
  • Place the foam wrapped with the aspidistra leaves in a clean vase.
  • Add the packet of flower food that came with your fresh flowers to a small pitcher of room temperature water.
  • Fill your vase two-thirds full with the water.

Using tape in a crisscross pattern –

  • Add the aspidistra leaves to a clean vase.  Take an aspidistra leaf, roll it in your hand in a circle shape and place the leaf inside the vase.  I used two leaves to line my vase.
  • Fill your vase two-thirds full with room temperature water.
  • Add the packet of flower food that came with your fresh flowers to the water.
  • Next, tape the top of the vase in a crisscross pattern.  This will hold the stems in place.  

Design –

  • Add the larger blooms to your vase first. I started with the yellow spider mums and roses.
  • Then add the medium and smaller blooms and the greenery. Next, I added the soft yellow mini carnations, the red roses, and ruscus israeli stems.

Your centerpiece is beginning to take shape. It’s looking great!

Continue to add the blooms and ivies to your centerpiece.  Vary the flowers and add height to the center.  Move the blooms if needed to get a nice full look.

If you’re looking for an arrangement with a longer life create a similar centerpiece with silk flowers or contact me and I’ll create a custom centerpiece for you!

You’re quite the designer! 

Enjoy the gorgeous centerpiece you’ve just created.

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