The following post is from Myra of My Blessed Life:
Fall brings a wonderful change in the air. Cooler temperatures drive us indoors or around a backyard campfire. We have college football tailgate parties and everyone anticipates those evening parties with friends….just because.
We love eating pumpkin this and pumpkin that. Chips and dip are a favorite along with some delicious apple cider.
We crave togetherness after the busyness of summer. Our hearts need to be warmed.
This is why I love hospitality and entertaining. It is a beautiful therapy for tired hearts.
One of the important factors of entertaining is decorating. I like to keep it simple, so I created a Fall table arrangement that anyone can make. It does take time, but truly it is easy peasy.
DIY Fall Table Arrangement
- Two rectangular blocks of foam. Be sure to get the artificial foam and not the water soluble foam for real flowers.
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Floral wire – any thin wire should work
- Floral picks
- Table knife
- Leaves – I found a Fall leaf garland at the Dollar Store, but you could definitely use real leaves from your yard
- 4 lbs. Clementines, (lemons or limes would probably work as well)
- Sticks from your yard
1. Cut foam in 1/3 and 2/3 sections. The 1/3 will be the top and 2/3 will be the base. The easiest way that I’ve found to cut this foam is to score it with a table knife and then whack that line on the edge of a table or countertop. I’m real fancy-shamancy! Ha!
2. Hot glue between the long rectangular pieces and firmly press them together. Use two short pieces of wire to stabilize the foam.
3. Trim the short pieces of foam for the top into circles. Hot glue them together and use about three pieces of wire to give extra stability.
*At this point I spray painted the foam black. This isn’t necessary, but you can do it if you want to.
1. I used floral picks but removed the wire because it isn’t necessary.
2. I had this Dollar Tree leaf garland on hand…it worked beautifully!
3. Beginning at the base of the top foam, stick a floral pick in each clementine and poke it into the foam. Don’t push the clementines in too far…we are going for a rounded effect.
Note: If a clementine doesn’t feel secure on the floral pick, just squirt a little hot glue into the clementine and then re-insert the floral pick. This works like a charm!
4. Work your way all over the foam adding clementines. They need to be close together, but don’t worry about empty space. The way to fix that is to cut leaves off of the garland (or use whatever leaves you have) and hot glue the leaves to the foam where the foam is showing through.
5. Continue adding clementine picks until the entire “dome” is covered! Set the dome aside while you work on the base.
6. Using hot glue, add sticks to the base. Place them as closely together as possible. You will probably have to break the sticks into the correct length. I even pieced a few together. Continue until the entire base is covered.
- Add ribbon, twine, burlap or any combination around the stick base.
- Use hot glue to attach the domed clementine top to the base.
This fresh, natural table arrangement will last about 5-6 days. Spraying the clementines with clear glaze or shellac would definitely help keep them fresh longer. Also, this arrangement could also be made with artificial fruit or berries which would last indefinitely.
When all is said and done, I spent $14 on this arrangement. Not bad for a chic, modern table arrangement.
Now I’m ready for some wonderful, cozy Fall entertaining!
Do you like to entertain in the Fall?
|Myra has a B.A. in Interior Design, is an allied-member of the American Society of Interior Designers and is currently self-employed. When she’s not spending time with her little man, thrifting, creating, shopping or working on a project, Myra enjoys date nights with her husband and blogging at My Blessed Life.|