Brighten your day with a stunning autumn bouquet! This DIY floral arrangement features a warm sunset palette. It’s bursting with an array of seasonal flowers and filler elements that create rich texture and exude abundance. Perfect for home decor and fall weddings!
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DIY autumnal flower bouquet
Today I’m showing you how to make an autumn bouquet! I’m a big fan of large bouquets, and fall offers a plethora of blooms and plants that are perfect to create intricate arrangements.
MY DIY fall arrangement comprises of lush focal flowers and winding accent foliage that generates interesting texture and evokes autumnal vibes.
It’s a gorgeous piece of fall decor and will make your home more inviting. It would be an incredible gift for a dear friend, too. I’ll also show you a trick on how you can turn the arrangement into an autumn wedding bouquet.
What makes an autumn bouquet?
Whenever I create bouquets dedicated to a specific season, I start with in-season blooms and select complementary colors and varieties. We also need to consider greenery and the overall feel we want to achieve.
- Rich color palette: The typical fall colors are warm and cozy, including various shades of yellow, gold, orange, copper, red, rust, merlot, and purple. I chose a warm sunset palette of classic fall hues.
- In-season fall flowers: Autumn is a wonderful time for flowers. So, let the season have a say when picking blooms for your floral spread. Dahlias, chrysanthemum, aster, anemones, cosmos, astilbe, zinnia, and sunflowers are some of the key floral players.
- Greenery and filler elements: Dried leaves, berries, thistles, and grass bring an instant touch of fall to your bouquet. Incorporate transitional foliage that has begun to change color, wildflowers, and dried florals.
- Abundance and texture: The fall season is often associated with harvest and bounty, which you can reflect by creating a full and lush bouquet. You want to have a variety of flowers and lots of varied textures to create a sense of abundance and heighten the visual impact.
Materials and equipment
What flowers are in a autumn bouquet?
When designing your bouquet, choose flowers based on colors and in-season availability. You have a beautiful roster of fall flowers to work with. The following blooms went into my homemade autumn bouquet:
- Roses: The bouquet includes 3 types of roses. We have large, salmon-colored English roses combined with smaller orange and bright yellow hybrid tea roses. Roses bring a lot of texture, complexity, and elegance to the floral arrangement.
- Carnations are available year-round and add body to our autumn bouquet. They have delicate, ruffled petals, come in every color you could think of, and are cheaper than roses. I added apricot-colored carnations and a two-toned variety.
- Chrysanthemum is a typical fall flower, and you’ll find them in various tones and sizes. I used a multi-headed chrysanthemum spray, meaning 1 stem features several smaller flowers. My spray is a moody burgundy color to introduce depth and a little drama.
Foliage and filler flowers
Aside from lush blooms, we also need unique accents to up the visual appeal of our autumn bouquet. Try these add-ins to bring autumnal colors and textures to your bouquet:
- Preserved eucalyptus: Gorgeous burgundy seeded eucalyptus adds depth and a pop of rich color to the bouquet. I used preserved eucalyptus. You could also buy fresh eucalyptus from a florist.
- Ruscus leaves: Dyed and dried ruscus leaves in salmon pink give the floral arrangement dimension and lighten up the color palette. Preserved ruscus branches come in different colors, even shimmery metallics like gold and copper.
- Dried grass lends the design organic texture and symbolizes the abundance of a fall harvest. I adorned the bouquet with fluffy bunny tails and elegant Phalaris grass. Both types of grass are available in different colors; I opted for the natural, uncolored varieties.
- Wax flowers are a flowering shrub featuring flexible branches with tiny flowers. Theyare an attractive additionto any floral design and add soft texture to the bouquet.
- Heather flowers are another textural element. Heather grows in different shades, such as white, pink, and purple. You can also choose between fresh florals and preserved heather.
- Garden shears to shorten the stems.
- Thorn stripper (optional)to remove thorns from rose stems.
- Raffia to tie the bouquet.
- to present your bouquet.
- Flower food (optional) to feed the plants and extend the vase life.
Where to buy fall flowers?
- Florist: Your local florist is the best address to purchase specialty flowers and exquisite roses. You can show them photos of the blooms you want, and they will be happy to order them for you. Only buy flowers that look fresh and don’t have brown spots or wilted petals.
- Supermarkets and garden centers are great places to buy flowers and greenery at an affordable price. Supermarkets usually offer bundles of flowers (like chrysanthemum or carnations) and greenery (for example, eucalyptus.)
- Online: Preserved flowers, dried greenery, and grass can be ordered online.
- Garden: You may not have to look far to find spectacular flowers. If you have a garden, you might be able to source flowers and greenery there.
How to make an autumn bouquet
If you’ve never made a flower bouquet before, you might be wondering how it all comes together. Luckily, bouquets are easier to create than you might think. I’m so excited to walk you through each step and build a beautiful arrangement with you!
Step 1: Clean stems
- Remove all leaves from the stems that will sit below the water level of your vase. Leaves trapped underwater will rot and shorten the vase life of the bouquet.
- If your roses have thorns, clip them off.
- Divide the wax flower and ruscus stems into smaller segments.
Step 2: Create the center of the bouquet
- To create the center of the bouquet, grab the largest rose and place 5 to 6 pieces of foliage and filler flowers around it. I used 2 sprigs of wax flower, a bundle of bunny tails, and 2 ruscus stems. Add each branch at an angle around the rose.
Step 3: Build 1st layer
- Working in a circle around the center, add a few smaller flowers. I used a yellow rose, an orange rose, a carnation, and a chrysanthemum spray.
Step 4: Add filler flowers
- Next, fill in the space between the second row of flowers with foliage and filler elements. Our bouquet is growing and beginning to take shape.
- Turn the autumn bouquet as you go to ensure it’s symmetrical.
Step 5: Build 2nd layer
- Now it’s time to layer in the third row of flowers and greenery. Use 8 to 12 flowers and include plenty of greenery.
- At this point, start adding the seeded eucalyptus and small groupings of bunny tail and Phalaris grass. Position the grass slightly above the flowers, so they stick out add movement to the bouquet.
Step 6: Finish bouquet (3rd and 4th flower layers)
- Finish the arrangement by filling in any empty spaces around the edges of the bouquet with flowers, grass, and greenery until all blooms and foliage have been added.
Step 7: Secure bouquet
- Tie a piece of raffia tightly around the stems to secure the bouquet in place.
Step 8: Trim stems
- Shorten the stems so they will fit in the vase of your choice.
- Then cut each stem at an angle to ensure the best water absorption.
- Fill the vase with water and flower food. Place the bouquet in the vase and enjoy!
Autumn wedding bouquet
If you want to turn the arrangement into an autumn bridal bouquet, tie a few pieces of decorative ribbon around the stems. I would choose a ribbon color that coordinates with the colors of the flowers.
The bouquet you see in the photos is pretty voluminous, and you may need to create a slightly smaller version. The arrangement has the perfect wedding bouquet size with 3 rows of flowers like you see in the photo above.
Tips for vase life
Follow my tips below to care for your autumn bouquet and guarantee the best vase life:
- Add water daily and replace the water after 2 days.
- Recut the stems every other day.
- Keep your autumn bouquet away from sunlight and heating vents.
- Ensure that no leaves or thorns are in the vase water. This will help prevent bacteria from growing in the water and reducing the life span of your blooms.