Easy Fall Outdoor Floral Arrangement Tutorial ~ Detailed photo tutorial showing how to make a floral arrangement for your outdoor fall décor.
I have been creating this easy fall outdoor floral arrangement for years. Making floral seasonal outdoor floral arrangements and wreaths are two of my favourite hobbies. I have always loved creating DIY and craft projects but did not have a lot of time for them when I was working full time. I liked making floral arrangements because I could create a pretty awesome project in the bit of time I could squeeze in for crafting. I have a little more time now that I am not working full time. But I still make up this fall arrangement every year to fill up the outdoor pots in front of the garage after I cleared out the summer flowers.
I am not a trained floral arranger but I have taken some workshops. It is during these workshops that I learned some how-tos and tips that I apply when making outdoor floral arrangements. They are very easy and doable for non-trained enthusiasts like myself and I am sharing these with you today!
But before I continue I also want to let you know that today’s post is a particularly special one. I am thrilled to say that I am participating in a pretty amazing BLOG HOP with some pretty amazing bloggers. Actually not some bloggers… a lot of bloggers… 80 to be exact! They have all linked up their posts at the end of this article. It will be like browsing through an online magazine full of amazing ideas!
One of the key things I learned when making floral arrangements and one that is my go-to strategy is the THRILLER, SPILLER and FILLER method. This method really helps visualize and plan how to put it together. I have written about it before when I shared other seasonal floral arrangements. How To Make A Fall Floral Outdoor Arrangement and 5-Step Instructions: How To Design A Christmas Outdoor Floral Arrangement are two other projects you may want to check out too.
The THRILLER, SPILLER and FILLER are pretty basic ideas to work with:
- The THRILLER is the part of the arrangement that goes in the middle. It adds interest by adding more height.
- The SPILLER is the part of the arrangement that spills over or around the base of the planter. It adds interest by filling the bottom of the arrangement.
- The FILLER does exactly what the terms states. It fills the space between the THRILLER and the FILLER in the arrangement.
In my opinion what you choose to use for the THRILLER, SPILLER and FILLER is really open to your interpretation. For example I love using the Dracaena Spike plant as a THRILLER along with tall natural tree branches. I plant Dracaena every Spring in my outdoor planters and I leave it in to use in my Fall and Christmas silk arrangements. I love Dracaena because it stays green and does not go limp even after we get freezing temperatures and snow later in the Fall. As a matter of fact the Dracaena I buy in May lasts me till the end of December. I do water the Dracaena in the arrangement to keep the soil moist until it freezes. Then I leave it alone. The Dracaena stops thriving but still looks pretty good in the arrangement.
Another idea I tried this year was to place a grapevine wreath wrapped with ribbon on the rim of the ceramic plant pot at the base of the arrangement. I came up with this idea when I created and shared How To Create A Gorgeous Pansy Outdoor Planter earlier this Spring. The ribbon wrapped grapevine wreath is one of the SPILLERS and has two purposes. It adds a decorative element and it hides the gap between the pot and the ceramic planter.
You might be wondering why I make the arrangement in a separate pot rather than directly into the ceramic planter. I used to do that but it was really difficult trying to dismantle the arrangement after the soil froze. I had to lug the planters into the house to defrost them and that really created a big mess. Now I just remove the inserted pot and it is a lot easier to work with.
That is some of the background and thinking behind how I design and make this easy fall outdoor floral arrangement. Now here is the step-by-step tutorial showing you how to make it so you can create something similar too…
Easy Fall Outdoor Floral Arrangement Tutorial
- ceramic planter (or something similar)
- removable plant pot to fit the outer ceramic planter
- soil to fill the plant pot
- brick or something similar to raise the inserted plant pot if necessary
- THRILLER items – dracaena, branches
- SPILLER items – floral fall themed sprays that can bend easily, grapevine wreath wrapped with ribbon
- FILLER – fall themed silk floral bushes (quantity depends on size of pot but I used two)
Place the plant pot in the planter and test to see if it is at the correct height for visibility. If not, place a brick or similar item inside. Make sure it is something that keeps the plant pot and arrangement level and balanced.
If you are starting with an empty pot and not one that already has the Dracaena Spike plant planted in it fill the plant pot almost full with soil.
Hint: I like to use freshly purchased soil because it is easier work with compared to older soil that has gone hard and lumpy.
Insert the plant pot into the ceramic planter. Carefully place the grapevine wreath on the rim of the ceramic planter.
Insert your THRILLER(S) into the middle of the arrangement. I like to go for a dramatic height difference in my designs.
Hint: Secure the spikey leaves of the Dracaena Spike plant with a twist tie so it does not get in your way if you are using it in your arrangement.
Fill the base of the planter with the fall themed silk floral bushes. Two bushes filled the space quite nicely.
Insert your SPILLERS around the edge of the plant pot making sure they spill over the sides. Here I added the berry sprays that I spray painted a metallic bronze.
I made another change this year to my fall outdoor floral arrangement. Earlier this month I made Stunning Metallic Painted Dried Giant Allium Flowers.
They were inserted last and I am not sure if they are another THRILLER or another FILLER. Either way they add a nice dramatic finish.
I actually make three easy fall outdoor floral arrangements that I place in front at the front of the house between the double door garage. I think they contrast quite nicely against the slate rock work and the black painted garage doors.
That is how to make an Easy Fall Outdoor Floral Arrangement!
Final Comments: Whenever I share something on this blog I always think about the cost factor. It is fun to have hobbies but if you are like me I have a budget to work with and am always looking for ways to keep costs down. As explained earlier I bought the Dracaena in the Spring and will have used it for eight months. I bought the branches a few years ago and just reuse them. I picked up the bead looking sprays at the thrift store for a couple of dollars. They were actually silver and I painted them with bronze spray paint. I have made different variations of this easy fall outdoor floral arrangement for about ten years. I bought the fall themed floral bushes for half price at Michaels and they have stood up really well all this time. I am always keeping an eye out for grapevine wreaths in the thrift store and they are fairly inexpensive to buy new. I will buy cheap used designed grapevine wreaths and take them apart so they can be reused. I bought the gold ribbon ages ago in a big roll quite inexpensively and I am looking for ways to use it up. Lately, the spray painted alliums came from my garden!
Your Turn: First of all, thank you so much for visiting today and I hope you are inspired to make your own easy fall outdoor floral arrangement. As you can see it is quite doable and a lot of fun to create. I now invite you to grab a cup of coffee, tea or a glass of wine and have fun browsing through all of the amazing fall ideas in the Home For Fall Blog Hop. I also invite you to visit Hometalk and search #homeforfall! Gosh there are lot of talented bloggers and wonderful ideas! Since this Blog Hop is also pretty amazing I invite you to share it with others on your favourite forms of social media!