How To Make A Fall Floral Outdoor Arrangement ~ Step-by-step photo tutorial using the THRILLER, FILLER, SPILLER, EMBELLISHMENT strategy makes it very simple to create!
I love to design and make outdoor floral arrangements. I make one every year for fall. This arrangement is displayed along the walkway to the front door. It adds a nice decorative touch with all of the fabulous fall colours! Welcome and hang around while I show you this step-by-step photo tutorial How To Make A Fall Floral Outdoor Arrangement! It is quite easy to create!
This arrangement is on display till about the middle of November when I switch it to a Christmas floral outdoor arrangement. Where I live the temperatures start to get colder and things freeze. My fall arrangement freezes too making it very difficult to pull out the fall items.
I used to lug the whole arrangement including the cast iron pedestal urn into the house so it could defrost. After I pulled everything out, I would then lug the urn into the garage where I made up the Christmas arrangement and then lugged it back to the front walk. I am stating the obvious when I say a cast iron pedestal urn filled with soil is very heavy.
Last year I finally figured out a solution to this problem. I made the arrangement in a plastic plant pot that fit nicely into the urn. Now all I have to do is carry the arrangement in the plastic pot into the house to defrost and out to the garage to make the Christmas arrangement and leave the heavy urn outside. Ta-da!
Here are the instructions for…
How To Make A Fall Floral Outdoor Arrangement
First of all, I’m just a self-taught floral designer. When it comes to DIY projects like this one I always like to work using a strategy so it’s really easy to put the arrangement together. The design strategy I use is:
- Start with the THRILLER
- Add the SPILLER
- Next add the FILLER
- Finish off with the EMBELLISHMENTS
Let’s get started…
I see the THRILLER in an arrangement as the taller accents that add height and interest. In this arrangement I added three different kinds of THRILLERS.
I saved this Dracena annual from the summer living container garden that grew in the urn. Then around the Dracena I inserted some sticks with little beads wrapped around them that I bought several years ago and some branches that I saved from spring pruning sessions.
I see the SPILLER as the pieces that drape over the sides a bit to create width to your arrangement. I bought these two floral bushes several years ago and I have to admit they really add to the arrangement. You can also create the SPILLER effect by adding some greenery, floral bushes a collection of single flowers to the sides to create an interesting effect.
But I have a confession to make because I added some FILLERS here before I added the SPILLERS. The lesson here is that it is OK to do your own thing too!
I see the FILLER as any add-ins that fill in the middle and base of the arrangement. Here I added a floral bush, three deep burgundy fox tail bushes and several smaller leafy/berry bushes. The later actually came from a couple of larger bushes but I cut them apart so it fit the design of the arrangement.
The EMBELLISHMENTS are anything that you want to add that isn’t floral. In this arrangement I just made a big double bow. But you could add little pumpkins, gourds and even a sign that has a welcome fall kind of message.
Here are some other photographs from different angles taken different years of this Fall Floral Outdoor Arrangement. I tend to change it up a little bit each year that I make it but I use the same strategy each time.
I’m a bit of a bargain hunter so I’m always on the look out for reasonably priced THRILLER, SPILLERS, FILLERS and EMBELLISHMENTS to add to my outdoor floral arrangements. Most of these items were purchased for half price and accumulated over several years making each arrangement every year very doable to put together.
Finally, this is what the walk looks like up to the front door. If you look carefully in the background you will see two potted fall outdoor mums that I wrote about in the blog titled Watering Your Outdoor Fall Mums So They Last and a beautiful fall double wreath that I wrote about in the blog titled How to Make A Fall Double Wreath – The Instructions. You might want to check these out too!
Hope I have inspired you to make your own Fall Floral Outdoor Arrangement!
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If you are wondering how to make the big bows you see in these fall floral outdoor arrangements just click the link or the image where I provide another step-by-step photo tutorial showing you exactly how to do it!
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