I’m no floral designer by any means (even though I actually considered that profession when I was a teen), but I love playing around with plants, dried flowers as well as fresh flowers. In today’s post, I am showing you my fall flower arrangement ideas that I came up with over the years and that you can easily replicate at home if you are willing to forage outside in addition to buying some at the store.
I mean we can all go outside and cut some branches and stick them into a vase which always has a beautiful simplicity but sometimes you want to step it up a notch for your coffee table, fall dinner table, Thanksgiving table, or maybe even for Halloween.
So if you are looking for creative fall arrangements to add to your home for this fall season, you have come to the right spot. This is a collection of my floral displays and you’ll find plenty of ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
Beautiful DIY fall flower arrangement ideas to make at home
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Growing up in Germany “Erntedankfest” was always part of the fall season for me. It is a “Harvest Thanksgiving Celebration” and slightly different from the American Thanksgiving. (read more about this autumn harvest celebration). It has pagan roots but was also celebrated in church and takes place right at the end of summer and the beginning of fall. When I come up with fall floral arrangements, I always think of that harvest celebration rather than the traditional American Fall and Thanksgiving decor. I love the thought of thanking for the harvest and food we were provided by nature at the end of the growing season. Plus the color palette is so much richer and broad.
The best places to find a variety of flowers for arrangements
- the side of the road
- grocery store (Wegman’s, Weiss, ACME, and such)
- Trader Joe’s
- Produce Junction
- Farmer’s Market
- Your own backyard
In case you wonder what to put in a fall flower arrangement, below is an extensive list of my favorites I have used over the years…
Greenery, leaf branches and flowers used in my fall flower arrangements
- Thistle Eryngium Blue Bell (Eryngium plan)
- Hypericum Coco Yoko (Hypericum perforated)
- Protea Pincushion High Gold (Leucospermum cordifolium)
- Craspedia aka Billy Balls
- Mums (from our garden)
- Chokecherry leaves in maroon (from our garden)
- Weeping cherry leaves in yellow (from our garden)
- Yellow false cypress (from our garden)
- Herbs from our garden such as sage leaves
- Berries such as white or pink Hypericum Berries
- Dried hydrangeas
- Hosta leaves (from our garden)
- Red maple leaves (from our garden)
- Other fruits and vegetables
- black calla lilies
- orange hot peppers
- Yellow sunflowers
- Black Eyed Susans
- Joe-Pye weed
- Sedum (from our grade)
- Different grasses
- Dried seed pods on stems
- Small real pumpkins and gourds in different sizes
- Dragon Skull seed pods (Snapdragon Seed Pods)
- fall colored Dahlias
- seeded eucalyptus and non-seeded eucalyptus
Vessels, vases and grid structures to use for your flower arrangements
- rattan and wicker vases
- glass vases and vessel
- metal containers such as tin cans, metal trophy style containers, and metal planters
- different flower pots (my favorite are terracotta colored planters)
- milk glass
- pumkin vessels
- water or milk pitchers
I’ve seen others use real pumpkin vases as vessels. But even if you just place a vase into the center of a carved pumpkin which looks cute they just rot too fast. But I’m always on the lookout for a cute faux pumpkin I could carve as a pumpkin vase.
I don’t get too crafty with my vessels and always just use regular clear tape to make a grid on the top. You can also use chicken wire which has a nice tight grid. While a lot of people use floral foam blocks, I do not because I don’t like the extra work they cause when changing the water. All my examples below have the simple tape grid that you see below.
Using thistles as an easy structure to work around
Pine codes, sage, Golden False Cypres, grasses, and white flowers were found on my walk and I don’t know what they are. I actually really enjoyed finding out their exact names. So if you know what the white flowers are called, let me know.
I bought the little pin cushions and Thistle Eryngium Blue Bells. What I love about the thistles is not only the color of the blooms but that they are a great way to add structure to the arrangement and you don’t need the tape grid. I use them all the time.
So I start with the thistles first and then just insert the other flowers within the thistle structure.
I love this color combination so much. The added sage makes it also smell interesting combined with the scent of the candle.
Bright colors in fall flower centerpieces
Who says you can only use traditional fall colors when putting beautiful fall flower arrangements together? I found two feathers in our yard during fall and was inspired for the next floral combination using bold colors. I used a milk glass vase because that is what I had available, in reality I would have loved to have a black vase though.
And then I had fun taking photos of the arrangement.
Protea Pincushion High Gold, Thistle Eryngium Blue Bell, Pink Hypericum Berries, red mums, and leaf branches from our maroon Chokecherry tree.
An easy upgrade to these unexpected blooms for Halloween is a spider. I simply stuck a white skeleton spider on top of the flowers and I love how it looks.
Fall flower arrangement inspired by fuji apples, nuts, and plums
How about an early fall flower arrangement inspired by beautiful fuji apples, nuts, and plums? I love the vibrant colors of pink tones, purple tones, and brown tones that I replicated in this bouquet with roses and other grocery store flowers. I also added some hosta leaves and maple leaf branches.
Black and orange fall greenery and florals for Halloween-inspired arrangement
One day I went into our local produce junction and spotted the beautiful black calla lilies during fall. They reminded me so much of Halloween and an added pop of color are the orange hot peppers, in addition to the white grasses, maroon Chokecherry leaves, white Hypericum Berries, golden rod, and purple flowers. I don’t know what they are called. Let me know if you do.
Aren’t the orange hot peppers cute next to the heirloom pumpkin as well? So unexpected and perfect for fall.
Beautiful arrangement with vegetables and fruits
This next fall floral centerpiece is one of my all-time favorites. And really falls in line with the German “Harvest Thanksgiving” mentioned earlier since it includes grapes, cauliflower, thistles, and artichokes. I used it for our American Thanksgiving table setting. They aren’t necessarily true fall plants but if you thank for the harvest then they definitely fall within that category.
I don’t use faux veggies! They are all real!
I also love the larger silver trophy-style bowl for this arrangement. I also used more thistles again and golden rod, as well as maroon maple leaves and a couple costa leaves.
SHOP THIS DENIM TABLE DECOR BY SCROLLING THROUGH THE THUMBNAILS
Floral table runner centerpiece as flower arrangement
I love laying out a floral table runner. Sometimes I use floral foam blocks in this case I did not. I used seeded eucalyptus, small white pumpkins, pomegranates, artichokes, cranberries, and a simple bouquet of light orange roses in the center of the table.
Adding a fall arrangement to your walls
If you don’t have the space to add a floral arrangement to a table or countertop, then going vertical is always a great option. Most people use fall wreaths but why not add a fall swag like I did to my macrame wallhanging.
RELATED: If you like macrame, then you might also like my macrame wreath where I inserted thick wool for extra cozy fall texture.
All I did for this simple fall swag is use some orange and dark red mums, grasses found on my walk, a sunflower and some random leaves. All found for free!
I also made a quick little video how I put it all together. You could also add a simple fall swag like this to a piece of artwork or your mantle.
Boho fall flower arrangements with grasses/flowers, dried seed pods, and feathers
I mention so often how I collect things on my walks all year long. A while back I changed my work out routine completely because it just didn’t make me happy. I hate spending time at the gym LOL. All I do now is walk 3-6 miles a day depending on the time I have available. On those long walks I love collecting things. In the summer it is items on the beach and the rest of the year it is flowers, grasses, feathers, sticks, seeds, nuts, hey even bones for Halloween… If I see something that I like, I’ll bring it home to craft with. It’s so much more fun then being inside a gym.
Anyways, the fact that boho arrangements have been trending for several years now and are still going strong makes me happy because I still get to play with grasses.
Below you can see a dried grass arrangement in a basket that I made for our living room. I love the subdued colors so much. And it also sends me back to my childhood when my mom had dried grass arrangements in our home. Every comes back in style at some point, am I right?
I also made one for our upstairs hallway that has even more warm colors. Let me show it to you styled in my kitchen where it is easier to photograph. The wicker vase I bought at Target a while back is the perfect vessel for it. Sorry it’s not available anymore but this wicker vase is similar and super affordable.
RELATED: If you love dried florals as much as I do and want to reuse them and carry them over to Christmas, then check out my pampas Christmas tree, pampas grass garland, or Christmas tree with dried flowers.
SHOP THIS BOHO FALL DECOR BY SCROLLING THROUGH THE THUMBNAILS
Simple faux flowers and faux leaf arrangement
I don’t always go with real flowers and sometimes add some faux options into the mix when I can’t find what I want. Below I used faux dragon skull seed pods (Snapdragon seed pods) because I couldn’t find the real deal affordable anywhere. I don’t think these are available anymore at Grandinroad though. Dragon skull seed pods are a perfect way to add a little hint of Halloween to your favorite fall flowers. Perfect if you don’t like going into full Halloween mode.
The golden leaf branches are also faux and I found them at Michaels a while back.
I hope you found some inspiration in my creations. Flower arranging relaxes me and is so much fun without breaking the bank. Another plus is that they don’t need to be stored until next season unless they are faux. Have fun creating your own fall flower centerpieces for your home.
If you do love faux florals for fall then check out my DIY paper leaf foliage arrangement that I just made.
Or with an added DIY paper moth that has bunny tail grasses added as accents for Halloween.
That’s it for today.