DIY Autumn Florals

The bounty of fresh, local flowers dwindles in the fall.  The selection at the farmer’s market suddenly seems to all but disappear, replaced by shiny apples and pumpkins awaiting their fate of going under the knife to become Jack-O-Lanterns.  Cutting gardens have dried up and are officially past their peak, and the vibrant yellow and pink “floral” florals are long gone.  Here’s the good news – you can still create some gorgeous, inexpensive seasonal arrangements at home using fall florals from the grocery store.

GREENS play a huge part in curating a fall arrangement, and keeps the bolder fall hues (bright oranges and yellows) in check.  They are also very inexpensive, so you can get a lot of bang for your buck.  Choose greens in various hues and leaf shapes for an interesting result.

ASYMMETRY adds to the casual look of a fall arrangement.  Trim stems different heights to create dimension and interest.  There is no right or wrong way to do this, use a little bit of smart trial and error here.

DRIED florals create an interesting element to your fall arrangement. It’s not a terrible idea to mix in a few faux stems – dried faux often looks better than the real thing.  The grocery store often carries dried real florals, and Etsy is a great source for good fakes.

If you are looking for a longer-lasting alternative to fresh flowers, assembling an autumnal arrangement in a shallow vessel is a great idea.  Pinecones, apples, twigs, gourds, and greens can make a stunning, understated statement.

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