How to Make (Inexpensive) Fall Flower Arrangements

30 Sep

A few days ago, I redecorated my living room for fall. I made two floral arrangements, one for the mantle and one for the table. I made mine using fake flowers, but you could do the same thing with live flowers. Here are my two arrangements:

Here is my how-to, including how I selected my materials and put these arrangements together.

1. Find a base.

  • This may seem like an odd first step. After all, shouldn’t you find your flowers first? I opted to select my base first because I knew there were a ton of options for flowers, but not very many options for nice bases, especially if I didn’t want to spend a lot on the base. Both of the bases I selected were $5 each.
  • When I was looking for a base, I wanted something that would match a fall theme, but not shout “FALL!”. Why? So that I could repurpose the bases for other seasons! My bucket base, for instance, could also be used for a spring flower arrangement or even a winter arrangement, especially if I tied some winter themed ribbon around it.

2. Select the flowers for your arrangements.

  • I would recommend selecting the flowers for your arrangements all at once. This allows you to coordinate the types and colors of flowers that you pick. I used sunflowers in both arrangements so that the arrangements matched, but I used different shades so that one arrangement was a bit brighter than the other. When you are selecting your flowers, don’t be shy! Build your arrangement right there in the store so you can see if you like it!
  • Pick more than one type and color of flower. This will add texture to your arrangement. This is not to say that a single color or type of flower can’t look nice, but an arrangements with a few types and colors of flowers is usually more eye-catching.
  • Don’t limit yourself to just flowers in your arrangements! I also picked out some berries to stick in my arrangement to add some texture.
  • Be creative! Put together flowers that you wouldn’t typically think of going together (like the sunflowers and hydrangeas in my darker arrangement). Since you’re building your arrangement in the store, you can make sure you like your combination before you head home.
  • Know before you go. Before you head out, look at some arrangements online to get inspired. This will help you figure out what you like in an arrangement.

3. Build your arrangement

  • If you have a base with a narrow opening, you probably won’t need any floral foam to hold the flowers in place. If you have a base with a wide opening, you may need some foam to hold the flowers in place. If you do need some foam, remember that you can cut the foam down to size if it is cheaper to get an uncut piece.
  • If you have a base with a wide opening, you will need some covering to hide the foam. I used small pieces of fall-colored raffia. You can also use moss.
  • Since you planned your arrangement in-store, creating the arrangement when you get home will just mean sticking the flowers through your covering and into the foam.
Most importantly: Have fun!

P.S – Be sure to check back tomorrow since it will be the first day of my 31 Days series!

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2 Responses to “How to Make (Inexpensive) Fall Flower Arrangements”

  1. Nick Flowers October 27, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    If you can learn how to make your own flower arrangements you will be able to save a lot of money.

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