Let’s have fun with fall decorations shall we. I created a luscious fall centerpiece for my garden table and I am loving it. I used mostly free and found materials. There are some faux berries mixed in, but most of the materials were real and came from my own garden or my neighbor’s (thank you neighbor!). Making a rather ornamental centerpiece like this is much easier than it looks. Promise me you will try it because it has some serious wow factor. Cheap DIY fall centerpieces that are easy and dramatic at the same time, what is there not to love.
Look at my big, luscious centerpiece on my garden table. Don’t you agree she is quite dramatic?
The centerpiece is made up out of two parts. On the bottom I used a floral foam ring for fresh flowers and filled that with leaves, berries and some flowers. The top is also constructed with foam.
I have a confession to make though. I actually made the centerpiece two weeks ago. I just didn’t finish the whole table, so I didn’t blog about it then. And then we got this wonderful Indian Summer with record breaking Summer temps in fall. You can imagine what that did to my centerpiece within days. It crumbled and dried up before my eyes.
My procrastination almost ruined the whole project before I could fully enjoy it.
So I had to revive the centerpiece with new materials, and this time I added a bit more faux bits. So that’s why the whole arrangement can look different in between photographs.
Making an arrangement like this is really amazingly easy. Just give the oasis a good soak (don’t dunk it or airbubbles will form inside), just let it float in a bucket of water until it sinks. Then place it in your container. I filled the bottom of my urn with an old plastic plant container to save on oasis (plant foam). Make sure the oasis sticks out above your container.
For more detailed instructions on how to make centerpieces you can check out my post on homemade Christmas centerpieces. You might also see how I used this urn in a winter garden table decoration (that was so easy and fun to make I even included a whole how to video).
Then start at the bottom and put your leaves and branches and flowers in. Work in a circle because this has to look good on all sides. Use a stick to pre-drill the foam for softer branches. And yes in general using odd numbers looks better.
The pear tree we planted this Spring has actually grown some pears already. But they are tiny and not very good to eat, so instead I used them in this arrangement.
You can use any fruit or vegetable this way. It gives a quirky effect I think, a bit unexpected.
Just stick them on a BBQ skewer.
Here’s the new look of the bottom wreath. Faux berries and Hydrangea Annabelle to fill the gaps.
With the centerpiece rescued and me now über determined to finish the arrangement. I went out to look for things to accompany it.
Like a dried sunflower on some moss.
(This sunflower was actually a gift from mother nature, for leaving her alone. You see I haven’t spent much time weeding in my garden this year. So one day I saw this giant sunflower grow straight up through my rose bush. It was a seedling from the birdseed balls I had hung in the rose during winter. I guess sometimes Not Getting Things Done! pays off too )
A rusty urn with fresh walnuts that are drying in the sun.
Some candles and a pumpkin, finish the look off.
The entire table decoration took me two hours tops, and that is with picking the materials from my garden AND with redoing the dried out bits of the centerpiece. Actually finishing the decorations around the centerpiece took me two commercial breaks!
All I needed to do this was get off my butt, walk away from the TV and work on it for a few minutes here and there.
I took these pictures early in the morning. Look at that sun flare! I think it is actually quite cool.
I think this whole thing looks as if I spend way more time on it than I actually did. It also looks a lot more sophisticated than it really is.
And all that it took me was the determination to Get it Done! and the time I would most likely have otherwise whittled away zapping through commercial breaks……