Fall is my favorite. All the beautiful colors, cozy sweaters, and Chai lattes… yep, I’m as basic as they come. This year has been different, though. I’m not sure if it’s because summer held on for so long (I mean it’s mid-October and we’re still having 80°+ days here in South Carolina) or what, but I really struggled to find my fall groove this year. One decor item I had no trouble knocking out in 30 minutes flat was this gorgeous neutral centerpiece for my formal dining table, though!
I love neutrals in my formal dining room. Mercury glass, antique gold mirrors, navy velvet chairs, and a vintage Queen Anne dining set make up the decor in here, so the colorful fall foliage never quite makes an appearance. A lot of the materials for this centerpiece were things I already had on hand, and since it’s such a quick and easy thing to put together, I photographed the process so you could whip up one of your own!
Securing the Foam
I picked up a large flat white pumpkin at our local patch and secured the floral foam using 3 grilling skewers that I’d broken in half. I laid the foam disc in the well on the top of the pumpkin and stuck the pointy end of the skewers all the way through it into the flesh in a triangular shape. Once they were in the pumpkin, they became really hard to push down all the way flush with the top of the foam, so I had to use a hammer to drive them all the way in.
Arranging the Florals
I began by snipping each of the branches off of the main stem using a pair of my hubby’s wire cutters and put them in piles. Pro tip for your greenery: Hobby Lobby runs it on a 50% off sale every other week, so stock up when it’s on sale! I already had all of the eucalyptus on hand and just had to buy the ruscus and sage for this project.
Then it was time to start adding the stems to the foam. I started with the silver dollar eucalyptus as my base. I worked around the bottom of the foam, evenly spacing the stems in a halo pattern. Where there were gaps between the foam and the pumpkin, I slid a stem under there to fill it in.
From there I worked up on to the top of the foam disc, adding off-set layers of stems between the previous layers until it was all filled in.
Since the eucalyptus is long and thin, you could see the foam through it in several places (there’s a good view of what I’m talking about right in the center of that last photo). Those spaces are where I put the mini sage stems. They are shorter and more fluffy, so they filled those spaces in really nicely. I just turned the pumpkin and stuck them in anywhere I could see foam.
Lastly, it was time to add the ruscus. Full disclosure: I have no idea what this plant is, and have never seen it before, but when I was looking for stems for this project I liked the texture and the tones coordinated perfectly with the other greenery I’d chosen. After cutting these off the the main stem, I had about 5 or 6 pieces. I tucked them in at varying heights – some down low where they laid on the pumpkin, some straight down in the top where they stood up tall, and others along the sides at an angle where they could sort of flop down or stand up. Once they were in I took a minute to spread them out before adding the next stem.
Voila! See, I told you – quick and easy. Here’s another view of this beauty all finished in her home on my formal dining table. She might have cost me less than $20, but you sure wouldn’t know it by looking at her!
So tell me, are you team neutral or team color (or some of both) when it comes to fall decor? I’d love to hear all about your fall decor style in the comments below! If you put together a fall centerpiece like this, please tag me in it on Instagram or Facebook so I can see yours come to life!
Happy Fall, friend!