STOP buying expensive floral arrangements! This DIY Fall Centerpiece Hunter & Gatherer tutorial breaks down just how easy it is to put together a gorgeous floral arrangement on your own. Friends, you can do this yourself for half the price or nothing at all. Follow along and see just how easy it is!
Start with your color scheme.
I LOVE the color pink, and on the farm we grow an amazing assortment of gorgeous dahlias in a variety of colors, pink being one of them. So, naturally, I chose pink as my color scheme. Now, I know what your thinking! “She grows dahlias and that’s why she can make this really pretty arrangement”. Wrong! You don’t need fancy flowers to create a beautiful arrangement. What do you have growing in your backyard? For tall arrangements you will want long-stemmed flowers. Not growing any long stem florals in your yard? No worries! Head to your local grocery store and check out what they’re selling. Trader Joes has beautiful and inexpensive long stem florals. My local grocery store, Wegmans, always has an amazing selection of long stem florals.
Time to go on the hunt!
This is, in my opinion, the BEST part of the entire process! I started by first selecting pink as my color theme and then I went scavenging around my house looking for florals in all shades of pink. Take into consideration texture and shape. What you’re looking for is variation. Having a variety of petal shapes and textures makes things interesting. Along with my dahlias I snipped a few long stems of pink and green hydrangeas. I liked the “poofiness” (it’s a word, wink wink) that the hydrangea introduced to the arrangement. Take another peek at the photo above and note the different petal textures and shapes.
Big blooms on the bottom!
Start arranging your bouquet with your larger pieces at the base. In my case, the poofy hydrangea stems were much larger in size than my dahlias. You don’t need to have heavy large stems at the base, but if you have them then begin with them.
Build up height.
Add in your tall stems, one-by-one, and build up your height. The taller stems are in the center and the shorter stems can be tucked into the sides. Make sure you don’t group too many stems of the same kind together.
Filler gets you to the finish line!
Lightly fill your arrangement with greenery. This is called “filler”. Just like you vary the shapes, texture and weight of your florals you do the same for your filler. I took a walk around the yard and snipped anything that looked pretty. The light wispy fern is actually overgrowth from our garden asparagus. The tiny flowery snips are weeds…LOL. The Chinese Privet branches are from a tree in the backyard.
Add water, place on table and enjoy!
Hope this easy DIY Fall Centerpiece Hunter & Gatherer tutorial has given you enough confidence to get out there and scavenge for your own beautiful bouquet pieces.
Happy hunting and gathering!