Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
By the time the autumn leaves arrive, we’re ready for a change. Fall foliage introduces a new palette of colors for floral designs. The wonderful thing about fall floral materials is that they are easy to work with. It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice to floral design. So whatever your skill level, enjoy creating wonderful designs with those pumpkins, gourds, ornamental corn, and the like. The result is sure to be stunning displays.
Fall is a time of opportunity. It gives us an abundant source of materials we can use for decorations. Sometimes the simple approach is the best. Most people have empty baskets lying around. Clean the outside of the basket, and stencil a pumpkin onto one side. Or glue some brightly colored fall foliage in place. Now fill the basket with some appropriate seasonal materials. Mums in beautiful jewel tones of autumn would be just perfect. Or gather various materials associated with fall, such as gourds of all sorts, a sheaf of wheat or broomcorn, and some woody branches with lovely fall foliage. The basket can be used on porches or wherever a little color is needed.
Many types of fruits are suitable for fall displays. In the South, stems of grapevines containing muscadines fruits look gorgeous if they’re wound around the handle of a decorative basket. Then fill the basket with numerous kinds of small gourds and tiny pumpkins.
Other ideas for fall might include a Halloween centerpiece, a harvest wreath, a harvest sheaf, and a cornucopia filled with seasonal materials. The wall pouches that I often see in craft stores would also work well. Typically, these are made from some sort of metal. Some are plain, while others are painted or decorated. Either kind would be suitable, especially for porches and doors.
Fall motifs can be used for decorations both indoors and outdoors. Pumpkins are certainly a symbol of autumn. At this time, we celebrate the harvest season by using harvest motifs.
Halloween is perceived as fun for the entire family. Yet the decorations don’t have to be mundane. By using appropriate seasonal materials, these can
be very lovely.
For fall containers, you might want to check out some of the fall planters that are available in local nurseries and garden shops. They’re decorated with various motifs, such as corncobs and fall fruits. These high quality, tasteful containers are perfect to hold harvest displays.
Turn fall into an enjoyable season. Create beautiful designs for the indoors as well as for porches, decks, and the like by using gourds, pumpkins, and other floral materials.