How to Make a Fall Arrangement

I quickly “threw together”  this pretty arrangement for a Fall tablescape.  I received so many compliments on it and I know a lot of folks find taking on an arrangement like this to be daunting.  I wanted to take it step by step to show how to could make a Fall Arrangement like this, too.  This is such a beautiful statement of the season you could bring out in September and keep on display in your home through Thanksgiving.  Please stay tuned to the end of the post for even more great Fall DIY projects to deck your home in the spirit of Fall!

I’m sure those of you who have a traditional home have a place where this beautiful arrangement would fit perfectly.  It looks lovely on a sideboard or a console table.

For those of you find it easier to follow along with a video, I have a full video tutorial at the end of this post – so scroll down if you would prefer to see the video!

The supplies…

I began by gathering all of my supplies so that would be all ready to go when I began the arrangement:

  • Brown paper shred (Amazon 6.25)
  • Basket (something I already had)
  • 2 pieces of floral foam for dried/artificial flowers (Amazon 11.08 for 6 blocks)
  • 1 green artificial pumpkin (about 6”) (Hobby Lobby 9.99)
  • 2 white artificial pumpkins (about 3”) (Hobby Lobby 4.99)
  • 1 orange artificial pumpkin (about 4”) (Hobby Lobby 4.99)
  • Brown chenille stems (Amazon 1.78 for 100)
  • 1 large (approx. 36 leaves) package of small Fall leaves (Hobby Lobby 7.99)
  • 1 bundle of 6 large Fall leaves (JoAnn 4.99)
  • 10 small pumpkins and gourds on picks (Hobby Lobby 2.49 and 1.99)
  • 3 Fall leaf picks with acorns (Hobby Lobby 2.49 each)
  • 11 large pheasant feathers (Amazon 4.44 for 5)
  • 6 small pheasant feathers (Amazon 6.24 for 6)
  • 2 small feather picks (optional) (something I already owned)
  • 1 fall wreath of oak and maple leaves (optional) (JoAnn 23.00)

A note on pricing & cost: I added the sources/prices by each item, these are the listed retail prices, not what I got them for after coupons or sales, which I hope you take advantage of too!  Not counting the basket which I already had, with my coupons and in store sales, I spent 74.75 on the supplies for my arrangement not including sales tax.  I will tell you I found the small pumpkins and gourds on picks last week at Walmart, no sale required for .99 each.  Unfortunately, I had already purchased and used mine from Hobby Lobby.  I will also add that nothing is attached permanently in this arrangement so you may use this arrangement again next year or take it apart and use all of these pieces in a different way next time.

The steps…

1.  Cut one of the pieces of floral foam in half and put a full piece in the middle of the  basket and one half on each side of it.

2.  To secure the foam in the basket I used the brown chenille stems.  I wired two of  them together (2x).

3.  Thread one end through the weave on the underside of the basket.

4.  Thread the other end through the weave an inch or so from the first one.

5.  Pull both ends of the stems through the inside of the basket.

6.  Then placed the brown paper shred over the top of the foam (you can also use  Spanish moss).  I pulled the chenille stems over the top of the raffia (this keeps the  stems from cutting into your foam) and secured them to one another to hold the  foam in the basket.

Fall Arrangement Tutorial Steps 1 - 6

7.  Taking your large pumpkins, use a wooden skewer or stiff wire and pierce it into the pumpkin and stick them down into the floral foam.  Use the larger pumpkin toward what will be the back side of your arrangement.

Step 7. Fall Arrangement Tutorial8.  Add the other larger pumpkins in the same manner, but add them to what will be the front of your arrangement.

Step 8 Fall Arrangement Tutorial

9.  Now add the pumpkins and gourds you have that are on picks already.  You will add these evenly around the basket leaving them a little higher in the middle than you do on the sides.  Step 9 Fall Arrangement Tutorial
10.  Next you will begin to add your leaves.  I began with the three oak leaf and acorn clusters and added them toward the front and sides of my arrangement and then took the largest of the leaves and stuck them into the foam all around the top edge of the basket.  Lastly, use your smaller leaves.  These will likely be too short to anchor into the foam, so you can just tuck them in between the gourds and pumpkins or you can use floral tape to secure them to a wire so they may be anchored in the foam.

Fall Arrangement Tutorial

11.  Finally you will add your feathers.  Stick the smaller feathers in between your gourds and pumpkins randomly in the front and top side of your arrangement.  Take your longer pheasant feathers and stick them into the foam at an angle right in front of the larger pumpkin.  Your arrangement is finished!  Sit back and admire your beautiful work!

Adding Pheasant Feathers to your Fall arrangements

To finish off my arrangement and give it a little extra height I set it on top of a grapevine wreath that was trimmed with Fall leaves.

Fall Floral ArrangementI like the contrast of the leaves, then the woven basket and then the leaves and pumpkins and gourds tucked into the top of the basket.

I hope I provided all the detail you need to recreate this arrangement yourself.

I would love to see pictures of your own Fall creations, please share them!

I will be sharing this at the following link parties:  The Scoop

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  1. Hi, Chloe

    What a great and beautiful arrangement. I love this idea and how perfect for a tablescape for Thanksgiving as well. I am still making my rounds from the Home for Fall tour, sorry its taking me this long to stop by. I enjoyed your post very much.

  2. Beautiful! And – speaking of beautiful – why don’t we get to see your lovely face during the video? I love the step-by-step instructions but missed your smiling, gorgeous face! 😀

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