One of the main reasons I love autumn is because of the vibrant colors that are associated with the season… harvest yellow, orange, and different shades of red.
I’m going to show you how to make a really lovely centerpiece to bring some festivity into your home, or to give as a gift. You will spend a fraction of how much flower arrangements usually cost. In fact, the cost of the centerpiece is even less than the typical pre-made bouquet you would find at a grocery store.
Below is a picture of my “supplies.” Feel free to swap out the flowers to your preference, just stay within the fall color scheme. I used sunflowers ($3.99 for the bunch), alstroemerias in a reddish/orangey color ($3.99 for the bunch), and dyed maple leaves ($2.99 for the bunch). All of these flowers/leaves were purchased at my supermarket. I almost bought mums to use instead of the astrolomerias, so that is a great option too, as are stargazer lilies. Re-use a container, vase, or basket that you already have. The shallower the vase or container the better because this is a low height arrangement. You will also need scotch tape and scissors.
Step 1: Use scotch tape to make a grid on top of the vase/container opening. Use three strips horizontally and cross it with two or three strips vertically. This will help to hold your flowers in place. If you want, use a flower sponge at the bottom of the vase. I just lined my containers with foil to make them waterproof.
Step 2: Trim your flowers. Hold up the flowers and make them about 1 1/2 inch – 2 inches taller than the container.
Step 3: Begin arranging the flowers by placing them within the grid. Move everything around until the flowers are the way you want them.
Step 4: After you have put together all of your flowers and leaves, add some other embellishments if you have them. I picked up these great autumnal decorations from Jo-Ann Fabrics. They add a little bit more dimension and fill up the arrangement. Tie a bright red ribbon if you have it around the container or basket.
Step 5: Enjoy your beautiful flower arrangement! It is a quick and cheap way to decorate your home for the season! Other plus, these types of flowers will last for at least a week without wilting.