Want to create stunning fall flower arrangements? Then you’ve come to the right place. I’m sharing all of my tricks and tips for creating fall flower arrangements that will wow!
Tips for Beautiful Fall Flower Arrangements
Styling flowers has become one of my favorite things to do. I often think that if being a full-time blogger wasn’t my career path, I would totally be a floral designer or flower farmer. It brings me such joy!
I recently put together a few fall flower arrangements and wanted to share them with you. I took photos of the process, step-by-step, in hopes of passing along my flower arranging tips and tricks to you!
Side note: In this post, I’m also joined by my Seasons of Home blogger friends for even more seasonal decorating inspiration. This week it is all about fall flower arrangements and autumn centerpieces. Be sure to click through all of the other posts linked at the end of this post for more beautiful ideas!
I think it’s important to mention that I’m not a professional flower arranger or floral artist. I like to think of myself as a floral enthusiast. I have a passion for flowers and love styling them in beautiful ways. Now, without tooting my own horn, I am very pleased with the pretty stylish arrangements I am able to whip up. Therefore, I want to share some of the things I like to do when I arrange flowers and pass along some tips I’ve learned through the years.
One final thing I want to mention is that floral design is like any other type of design. You might not like this arrangement, you might have liked it better with less filler, you may hate the vase, you may not agree with my flower choice, etc. I encourage you to create whatever it is you love. Choose the ingredients you love and stop when you’re happy with your arrangement. There are many different styles of bouquets and they should all be celebrated.
Let’s Create Some Fall Flower Arrangements
Before we start arranging, I thought I would share a list of the flowers that I’m using. With the exception of the preserved oak leaves, all of these flowers are from PetalDriven. (A special thanks to PetalDriven for providing all of these flowers so that I could share these tips with you.) If you’re looking for direct wholesale flowers shipped straight to your door, PetalDriven has become a go-to for me. You can save 10% on your order by using code “INSPIRED10” at checkout.
I wanted a color palette of pink, cream, and orange. This is one of my favorite color combos for fall flower arrangements. To achieve this look, I chose:
With your flowers selected, let’s create some fabulous fall flower arrangements!
Start with a Vase You Love
This is one of my favorite vases I picked up several years ago at HomeGoods. I love the shape and it’s a neutral color. Mostly anything will look good in here. One thing to keep in mind when you’re selecting your vase is the size of the opening. Generally speaking, the bigger the opening the more flowers you’re going to need and the more challenging it will be to arrange. This is why I often use pitchers for my vases because they typically start larger at the bottom and narrow towards the top.
I like to add some filler to start as this begins to fill up the vase and will make placing the rest of the flowers a bit easier. It’s almost like creating a grid or netting and helps to hold the additional flowers in the right place. Here, I started with the pepperberry and some seeded eucalyptus.
Tip: Before placing any stem into your vase, give it a fresh cut with a knife or scissors. This will help it to drink up more water and keep it lasting longer.
Add Large Blooms
Next, I like to add in my largest blooms. I’m using the cafe au lait dahlia. This is one of my favorite flowers. In fact, I grew a ton of these in my garden this year and have been filling my home with them for the past couple of months.
One other thing to keep in mind as you are adding flowers is: how will this fall flower arrangement be viewed? Will it be up against a wall so you can only see the front? Will it be on the coffee table and thus be viewed from all sides? If it can be viewed from all sides, remember to turn your arrangement as you work.
Fill in with Smaller Blooms
With you’re larger focal flowers in place, you can fill in with smaller blooms. Here I’m using the rose and orange dahlias. I like to evenly spread these out throughout the arrangement and fill in any places that need color.
Varying your stem length and the direction you place your stem into the vase will allow you to disperse these throughout the arrangement.
Add Finishing Filler
One of my favorite parts is adding in some finishing filler as this really completes the arrangement. This step allows you to fill in any empty areas in your arrangement. It also allows you to add some height, wispy interest, and even some seasonal embellishments.
A couple of years ago I started using these preserved oak leaves in my fall flower arrangements and LOVED how it instantly made any arrangement look autumnal. It’s kind of my secret weapon. (Shh, it will be our little secret.) I purchased my preserved oak leaves HERE. In fact, I bought these last year and they still look just as fabulous this year.
If you want another example of how I did this, check out my Magical Candlelit Outdoor Tablescape from last year. That is still one of my favorite fall flower arrangements and was part of the inspiration for this one!
Fall Flower Arrangements Complete!
And with that, your fabulous fall flower arrangement is complete! Just remember to change your water every day or every other day. You can also recut your stems every few days to extend the life of your arrangement too.
I honestly couldn’t be happier with the results. I love the color combination, the beautiful blooms, the different textures, how the pepperberry cascades, and those oak leaves which seem to be the perfect finishing fall touch.
Now, I realize this is a rather large arrangement. Thankfully, I had enough flowers to create a few more, so that’s exactly what I did.
Remember when I was talking about using pitchers as vases? That is what I did for two of my additional arrangements. I created a medium-sized arrangement which I styled here on my kitchen counter.
I also set one up on the dry sink in my living room. This is an example of a fall flower arrangement where you won’t see the back, so more of the focus and interest is towards the front.
Finally, I styled an even smaller fall arrangement for my butler’s pantry. I love tucking a little flower arrangement here and I knew the colors would work perfectly. In this example, you can see how I used the red/maroon-colored oak leaves. That one simple tweak really changed the look of the arrangement.
And here’s a final look at the large arrangement. I think it looks fantastic here in my living room.
Speaking of my living room, stay tuned as I will be sharing a little tour of my cozy fall mantel decor in the coming days. You can sign-up for the Inspired by Charm Mailing List to make sure you don’t miss it.
I have been styling arrangements for years. As with most things, the more you do it the better you will become. I hope that these tips for creating dynamic and beautiful fall flower arrangements were helpful.
Whether you use flowers from your own backyard, pick up some grocery store blooms, or shop PetalDriven for the most exquisite blooms direct from the farm (use code “INSPIRED10“), I’m certain you can create a magical arrangement to celebrate the season.
Looking for more Fall Decorating Ideas? Check out these posts here:
- Favorite Fall Decor Ideas
- Inexpensive Fall Decorating Tips
- Fall Front Porch Decor
- Cozy Fall Family Room Decor
- Vintage-Inspired Fall Table
Seasons of Home Fall Flower Arrangements
Want even more fall flower arrangements and autumn centerpiece ideas? Be sure to visit my talented Seasons of Home blogger friends below. I’m constantly blown away by their creative genius. I know you will be too!
Happy Fall, Y’all!