How to Create a Stunning Fall Floral Arrangement

7 Simple Steps to Create a Fall Floral Arrangement!

Bring autumn into your home! It’s that time of year where the days are shorter, the leaves are changing, and pumpkin-spice is everything. The cool, crisp autumn air is approaching rather fast and what better way to kick-off the changing of seasons than with a festive fall floral arrangement created on a $30 budget. Below is my step-by-step process to creating a successful floral arrangement.

7 Steps to create fall florals

Step 1: Harvest or choose your recipe, and the sky is the limit with this one!

I foraged my ingredients from grocery cut flowers at my local Trader Joes and Harris Teeter. The biggest takeaway from previously being a floral design intern, was learning the recipe of successful floral arranging. The recipe includes: 15 stems of greenery, 15 stems of a filler flower, 8 stems of a secondary flower, and 8 stems of your focal flower. However, since my budget was $30, I cut the recipe almost in half and instead worked with 10 stems of greenery, 8 stems of filler flower, 5 stems of secondary flower, and 5 stems of focal my flower presented in a pumpkin as the vase.

Step 1: Choose your recipe!

Step 1: Choose your recipe!

Step 2: Process the flowers.

To begin, start off by clipping off the rubber bands, dispose of the plastic or newspaper and cut the stems at a 45 degree angle. This way your flowers get as much water as they can, quickly! Processing is mostly about grooming your flowers, and prepping them for the arrangement. This is my favorite part of the “process” (pun- intended), because while I am pulling off unwanted leaves, droopy petals, and trimming the stems I feel like I am getting to know the flowers I am working with.

Step 3: Carve your pumpkin.

Cut a square or round shape around the stem, remove the top, and clean out the insides of the pumpkin. Instead of filling the pumpkin with water, I placed a plastic liner inside using plastic wrap and a small bowl inside to avoid the pumpkin from rotting.

*Something to keep in mind- when arranging continuously spin your arrangement as you add to it. This will help you distribute weight, create shape, and bring symmetry to your arrangement as you go.

Step 4: Start with your greenery.

The greenery I used below, Trader Joes referred to as “mixed greenery”, I bought the green and red separately to bring some diversity to the base of the arrangement. Greenery is important because it creates support from the larger blossoms, like your secondary and focal flowers.

Step 4: Add the greenery

Step 4: Add the greenery

Step 5: Add in your filler flower.

For my filler flower, I used green Hydrangeas to create dimension. A larger bloom is encouraged, because they are needed to help take up space in the arrangement!

Step 5: Add the Filler Flowers

Step 5: Add the Filler Flowers

Step 6: Add in your secondary flower.

Secondary flowers are often supposed to be more delicate, smaller in size, and wild-looking than the focal and filler flowers. So I chose Gypsophila. I liked the small white blooms because they brought variety in size, color, and gave the arrangement a more “wooded” or “wild” appearance.

Step 6: Add Secondary Flowers

Step 6: Add Secondary Flowers

Last, but not least! Step 7: Add your focal flowers!

Large statement blooms, like roses, peonies, carnations, or sunflowers are encouraged because they are going to be what is noticed first. This step is the best part in creating an arrangement, because the focal flowers tie everything together. I chose sunflowers as my focal flower, and loved the way the contrast between the yellow tones brought together some of the orange in the pumpkin.

Step 7: Add Focal Point Flowers

Step 7: Add Focal Point Flowers

DIY Floral Arranging in a Pumpkin

Put on some music when you arrange too! I listen to French Jazz when I arrange, because lyrics distract me and I find myself more present when I am listening to something instrumental. So put on music that you love, create something beautiful, and just have fun!

-Alexandra Steinberg

3 Tips on How to Gift Package Like a Boss!

Today Melissa Bowman, from The Blue Root, is taking over the blog and teaching us how to package our gifts like a pro! It is all about making the gift presentation just as exciting as the gift! 

Gift Packaging Tips
Melissa Bowman of the Blue Root
Photos by Jennifer Collins Photography

Photos by Jennifer Collins Photography

ALSO! We've collaborated with The Blue Root to create a limited edition gift set! (pictured above) It features our 2018 Flower Box calendar, Pineapple mug, Charleston Christmas card, & Ripple Coffee! Purchase the gift box on her website or win one on our Instagram this coming Monday! 
 

3 Tips on How to Gift Package Like A Boss:

 

The holidays have always held a special place in my heart. It is a time to be with loved ones, to celebrate, and to bestow gifts to all of the special people in my life. But while I don't need a holiday to get creative with gift wrapping, they do make it easier to think outside of the box (literally!!) and to create a gift that is just as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside. I truly believe that the packaging can elevate your gift instantly making whatever is inside even more special. Here are my three top tips to help make your gifts eye-catching and beautiful:
 

1. The Vessel

I own a gift box business so obviously this is very important to me. I realize that budget can be an issue but finding a reusable vessel to hold your gift adds another level. It doesn't have to be expensive! Go to a craft store and look for plain muslin or canvas bags, heavy paper machete boxes or even a wire basket. Most of these can be purchased for under $10 and will remind the recipient of you every time they use it. 

Photo by Jennifer Collins Photography

Photo by Jennifer Collins Photography


2. The Ribbon

Ahh, the ribbon. I remember helping my mother wrap gifts for Christmas as a child and curling yard and yards of gift wrap ribbon. The plastic feeling material was easy to tie and it was very inexpensive but it's impossible to get it off without cutting it or ruining the wrapping paper. Do yourself a favor and "splurge” on some real fabric ribbon. There is just something so special about presenting a gift with a beautifully tied bow that someone can gracefully undo. Double faced satin is my favorite and adds an elegant touch, but organza or sheer ribbon are great options as well. I have seen many varieties at the dollar store but if budget is a concern you can even use yarn. In fact, for one Christmas I used nothing but craft paper to wrap all of our gifts in and yarn was the perfect touch! If you do choose fabric ribbon, don't forget to trim the ends. An inverted V or diagonal cut will help keep the ends of your ribbon from fraying and finishes off the look.

Photo by Caroline Edwards of Tiny Stars Photography

Photo by Caroline Edwards of Tiny Stars Photography


3. The Enhancements

At this point, your gift will look amazing in a reusable box or container and has a lovely ribbon to match but to really take it to the next level you can add a coordinating decoration to the gift. It’s wonderful if what you choose can give a hint as to what is inside but the most important thing is to match the theme of the gift wrap and ribbon. Get creative! In the past I have used small starfish, branches, and even candy. The holidays are the best time to find lovely adornments all over your home. Keep some branches from your christmas tree clippings or find an ornament or floral pick to add. The sky is the limit! Have fun and happy wrapping!

Photo by Caroline Edwards of Tiny Stars Photography

Photo by Caroline Edwards of Tiny Stars Photography

Best,

Melissa Bowman
The Blue Root

 

Spice Up Your Christmas Gift Wrapping!

When I was younger, the days and weeks leading up to Christmas meant a few things in my household - first, that my mother suddenly became very secretive, hiding unwrapped gifts in every closet, nook and cranny of our home (which we were of course forbidden to go looking for, but of course did anyways). Secondly, however, from December 1st to 24th, the laundry room became strictly off limits. This was always mysterious to me as a kid - I would arrive home from school to find her scrambling to shut the door to the top secret room as she greeted me, telling me not to go inside lest I should ruin her "Christmas magic." When I was a little older and in on the secret (my two younger siblings still on board with the magic of Santa and so on), I was finally granted entry to the laundry room, and what I found inside was nothing short of dazzling.

Check out some fun and unique Christmas gift wrap ideas in the blog below!

We paired green, light pink, and black for a unique Christmas look! Gift tags available for download in our Etsy shop. Don't be afraid of mixing bold patterns and unexpected Christmas colors! This year, Texture Design Co. released its first wrapping paper designs! The bold graphic wrapping paper is available exclusively in our Charleston shop (218 B King Street). 

It was as if my mother had taken the space and transformed it into Santa's workshop. Piles of wrapping paper, bows, tinsel, and ribbon covered the entire surface area of the floor, and a mountain of presents addressed to all of our friends and family sat stacked in the corner. Everything glistened in shades of red, green, and gold. From that day on, Christmastime took on something of a new meaning - the many afternoons my mother and I spent together in the laundry room workshop, cutting through sheets of wrapping paper and adorning boxes with perfectly tied bows are still some of my favorite memories. I can still remember those Christmas mornings, watching my brother and sister gaze in awe at the bounty under the tree, sharing a proud and knowing look with my mom. The "Christmas Magic" was still alive, indeed.

For this cabin feeling Christmas wrapping set, we paired our darker green wrapping paper with red bakers twine, buffalo check patterns, and polka dots! Gift tags available for download in our Etsy shop. The Texture Design Co. bold graphic wrapping paper is available exclusively in our Charleston shop (218 B King Street). Add a leaf to any package to add a little flair! Ribbon from Michaels Craft stores.

With the holidays right around the corner, our very own wrapping paper has arrived just in time. Whether you'd call yourself a professional, laundry room gift wrapping queen or one who struggles just to tape down those corners smoothly, we are here to encourage you to get creative this year. Don't be afraid to mix and match patterns, play with your color palate, or try breaking out of the classic holiday gift mold. We had a wonderful time dressing up these packages with Texture's own wrapping paper, and were delighted by how many fun and unique combinations we could come up with. 

For our last Christmas gift wrap grouping, we made it a little playful and whimsical! We combined seafoam, light pink, with traditional red and green Christmas colors! Play with patterns and textures! Mix ribbons with twines. Again, the Gift tags are available for download in our Etsy shop. The Texture Design Co. wrapping paper available in our Charleston shop (218 B King Street). 

The spirit of giving is plays a big role in this season, but it doesn't end with what's inside the box - we hope you all can find as much joy in the wrapping process as we did this year, and that this paper will provide some inspiration!

Merry Christmas,
Abby