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Bountiful Fall Centerpieces

Gourds, nuts, fall flowers, and squashes take center stage in these easy tabletop accents. Using seasonal ingredients, you can create a stunning centerpiece or gift that reflects autumn’s splendor.
  • Photography by Andre Baranowski

    Acorn Basket

    Collect acorns (mixed shelled nuts work, too) with and without caps and hot-glue them to a tight-weave basket. Line the basket with plastic or foil, and place florist foam inside. Start with five or six not-too-ripe pears; use wooden skewers to keep the pears in place. Fill out the basket with bold dahlia blooms and sprigs of crabapple, bittersweet, mountain ash berries, or any other seasonal foliage. ~ Produced by Karin Lidbeck-Brent

    Date Published: October 19, 2016
    Date Updated: September 21, 2017
  • Gathering of Grasses Bouquet

    The beauty of ornamental grass bouquets is in their simplicity. Use unassuming flea market bottles and jars to hold quick cuttings of (from left to right), rattlesnakegrass or quakinggrass (Briza Maxima), Mexican feathergrass or Texas needlegrass (Stipa tenuissima), and hare’s tail (Lagurus ovatus).

    Date Published: October 19, 2016
    Date Updated: September 21, 2017
  • Blooming Pumpkin Basket

    Transform a pumpkin into an elegant basket using grapevine (from your yard or a crafts supply store) to make the handle. To do this design, decide on the handle’s length, add an extra 4 inches to both ends to insert into the pumpkin. Remove the top of the pumpkin and scoop out the contents. Cut a 1-inch hole on opposite sides of the pumpkin near the top and push the grapevine ends into an opening to form the handle. Fill the pumpkin with water and arrange fall flowers inside. Loosely wrap the remaining vine twice around the pumpkin’s lower half.

    Date Published: October 19, 2016
    Date Updated: September 21, 2017
  • Sunflower Arrangement

    Sunflowers capture the colors of fall gorgeously. A footed bowl holds a handful of sunflower stems, including ‘Velvet Queen’, ‘Moulin Rouge’, and ‘Ruby Eclipse’, with unripe blackberries tucked in for variety. Use floral wire to hold up heavy sunflower heads or cut the stems short, as shown here, and let the flowers support each other.

    Date Published: October 19, 2016
    Date Updated: September 21, 2017
  • Photography by Andre Baranowski

    Pumpkin Terrarium

    A Cinderella pumpkin makes the perfect container for a fall terrarium. Remove the top of the pumpkin and scoop out all the contents. Fill with soil and add small terrarium plants. Work moss in around the plants to cover the soil, and set tiny items on top, such as this small white pumpkin, bark chunks, a stone mushroom, and some acorns. ~ Produced by Karin Lidbeck-Brent

    Date Published: October 19, 2016
    Date Updated: September 21, 2017
  • Photography by Andre Baranowski

    Blue Hubbard in Bloom

    A blue Hubbard squash makes an unexpected container for an arrangement of zinnias, asters, rosehips, and viburnum berries. Start by setting the squash on a flat surface to determine how it will lay without rolling. To make the container, cut a 7-inch opening into the squash and scoop out the insides. Fill the hollow squash halfway with water and arrange some showy fall fruits and flowers inside the opening. Set the arrangement in a basket, propped on a bed of moss. ~ Produced by Karin Lidbeck-Brent

    Date Published: October 19, 2016
    Date Updated: September 21, 2017
  • Photography by Ed Gohlich

    Succulent-Topped Pumpkin

    When planting a succulent pumpkin, aim for an abundant look with a blend of colors and textures. To construct, coat the top of a Cinderella pumpkin with spray adhesive and quickly press dry moss on top, making a layer ½-1 inch thick. Group the three tallest succulents together slightly to one side of the center; use a clear crafts gel to attach the cuttings and seedpods to the moss, packing in tightly. A hot-glue gun also makes it easy to secure items to the moss. Aim for a mounded arrangement, angling shorter smaller items outward. 

    Date Published: October 19, 2016
    Date Updated: September 21, 2017
  • Photography by Andre Baranowski

    Butternut Vase

    Cut off the tops (the top one-fourth) of sturdy butternut squash. Scoop out the flesh, add water, and insert bold dahlia, sunflower or zinnia blooms for super-easy, super-sweet posies. ~ Produced by Karin Lidbeck-Brent

    Date Published: October 19, 2016
    Date Updated: September 21, 2017
  • Photography by Andre Baranowski

    Bird's Nest with Pumpkin

    This celebration of fall in a shallow bowl includes a miniature white pumpkin set into a bird’s nest atop a spiral of viburnum leaves and berries. To complete the still life, a lifelike bird perches on the side of the nest, giving the impression of a mother watching over a giant egg. ~ Produced by Karin Lidbeck-Brent

    Date Published: October 19, 2016
    Date Updated: September 21, 2017
  • Simply Fall

    Even the simplicity of a few autumnal staples—mums, bittersweet, leaves, and gourds—can look elegant and tasteful when artfully combined.

    Date Published: October 19, 2016
    Date Updated: September 21, 2017

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