Autumn centrepiece design idea

After the wonderfully warm months of summer, the start of autumn is a reminder that cooler weather is on its way. For those affected by seasonal and weather changes, autumn can make waking up in the morning less than enthusiastic. All the more reason to cheer up your home and keep that sadness away with fresh flowers! When arranging a bouquet, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Here’s how to organize your autumn centrepiece.

What you need:

  • 1 clay or brown/orange porcelain pot-like vase

  • A variety of autumn blooms and greenery

  • Flower preserve

  • Floral tape

  • Sharp scissors or clippers


  • Before you begin arranging your autumn centrepiece, it’s important to prepare the vase. To do so, you should place some transparent floral tape in rows across the top of the vase. Do so in both directions with one row being perpendicular to the other. This will create squares in which you can place your flowers and foliage.

  • When selecting your flowers and foliage, remember that there are some colours that are most suited for this time of year. The top choices include red, orange, yellow, dark green, off-white, brown and, in some cases even very dark purple.

  • Some of the best flower types for this kind of arrangement include hydrangeas, roses, chrysanthemums and you can even use non-floral elements like rose hips for added texture.

  • Dissolve the flower preserve in some water as per the instructions on the package before adding to the vase.

  • Prepare your stems by removing the lower leaves.

  • As you prepare to place each stem in the vase, you will need to trim the stem to the appropriate length.

  • Start adding an alternating row of flowers and foliage along the area closest to the rim of the vase to ensure that the tape will be concealed. These should be the shortest stems of all.

  • Add another row and continue in this way until you reach the centre of the arrangement.

  • Remember not to try to squeeze in too many stems into each opening.

  • Once you are done, you can always add small sprigs of filler in between.

  • It’s also good to use focal flowers in the centre of the arrangement. These will be the largest of al the blooms. So, if you are using medium-sized blooms as your mass flowers, you could place either one or three lilies (an uneven number is ideal) in the centre. Orange lilies look particularly superb when it comes to an autumn design.

Once your autumn centrepiece is ready, all you need to do is put it on display in a safe spot. You should shield it from direct sunlight, wind and sources of heat. Keep an eye on the water level in the vase as well as the colour and quality. You will need to change the water periodically or at least top it up if it gets low. You can even scatter a few dried pine cones around the base of the vase to really emphasize the seasonal theme.