In place of cut floral stems, consider adding the rich look of cotton stems to your Fall setup. Simply gather the stems in odd numbers, five and seven working best, then place them into a large vessel. The neutral tones work well for year-round use, and work gorgeously with Fall tones such as orange and dark brown.
Start with a full, lush Christmas tree and cut the flower stems to be about 5 inches long. Stick the flower stem right into the tree towards the trunk and the heftiness of the branches will hold the flowers up. Complete the look with gifts wrapped in red, pink and floral patterned papers. Sprinkle some rose petals at the foot of the tree to bring a touch of romance to your floral tree look.
When you're ready to arrange your harvested winterberry branches, cut about an inch off each stem, at an angle. Strip off any berries that would be below the water line in your container, to help prevent bacteria from growing, and add fresh water and a floral preservative.
Position the remaining focal bloom stems evenly around the arrangement. For this display, four stems have been inserted around the base and three stems around the top. Note: It’s okay to remove a stem from the foam and reinsert elsewhere but avoid if possible. Once a stem is inserted it creates a hole in the foam. Too many holes can lead to the foam splitting or dry it out faster.
For this arrangement you'll need crepe paper in green, white and gray (I used crepe paper streamers), green floral stem wire, green floral tape, paper bind wire, plastic gold coins, moss and a block of dry floral foam. Follow the easy step-by-step instructions on the previous slide to make your own paper flowers. Place dry floral foam in a vase and arrange paper florals into a full, asymetrical bouquet, trailing vines above and below for a whimsical look. Add St. Patrick's Day flair by hot-gluing plastic gold coins to floral stem wire and distributing throughout the arrangement. Finish the bouquet with natural moss and curly willow branches.
Starting with the focal flower first, cut the stems to approximately 5 inches. Remember to always trim the stems at an angle before inserting. This not only helps pierce the foam easily but also allows the blooms to “drink” the water from the foam.
Using a broad-leafed greenery (we used salal), create a framework for the shape of your display. Cut the greenery stem at an angle and place firmly into the foam, about 1 inch deep. Angle a few stems downward around the base to cover the dish as well as around the middle and top until a general shape (round for this arrangement) is formed. The large-leafed greenery will also help to fill in any bare spaces in the arrangement.
Cutting the stems at an angle, add accent greenery in between the previous foliage. Continue until the rounded shape is achieved. Using different varieties of greenery adds texture (and color!) while also providing a base for the flowers. Don’t worry if the foam is still visible at this step.
Bring the lush look of lively floral to your front door with a wreath made of flowers and leaves. When entertaining, consider using live, cut florals and botanicals fastened to foam wreaths that can soak up water and hydrate stems. For season-long use, attach silk florals and botanicals with floral wire
Baby’s breath and other filler species are often removed from grocery store bunches to upgrade them to something more refined. When used solo, though, baby’s breath can make for a farmhouse-chic floral centerpiece. Remove the baby’s breath from the bunch, then cut it to size with floral shears. To create a ball effect, place each stem into the vessel with smaller stems around the edges and longer edges in the middle.
Ilex verticillata is a holly that loses its leaves in fall, leaving stems studded with berries. Commonly known as winterberries, ilex berries are available in bright red, orange or yellow; the yellow ones are great for Thanksgiving and fall arrangements, says grower Bill Prescott, of Stargazer Barn. "Winterberries grow all over the U.S.," he says. "Ours are bred for floral use, so they have long stems and nice, lateral branches that are dense with berries."