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Make a Fall Centerpiece Mixing Fresh and Faux Flowers

Today I am joining the Celebrate Fall Home Tour and sharing how to mix fresh flowers with faux flowers to create a beautiful and inexpensive fall centerpiece.

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Hello and welcome! I am so excited to join in with some of my talented blogging friends for the Celebrate Fall Home Tour, hosted by Leen from Sand Dollar Lane. If you are visiting from Jen’s beautiful home at Noting Grace, welcome! Her fall entryway is so lovely!

Do you love creating and setting a festive table for your friends and family? Beautiful centerpieces always make a table extra special, but they don’t have to be expensive. Have you ever thought about mixing fresh flowers with faux flowers? With so many realistic artificial flowers available, as well as fresh garden blooms, you can create a simple and beautiful centerpiece for your fall table.

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What You Will Need to Create a Fall Centerpiece:

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The Container

You will need an opaque container that will hide the floral foam. I recycled a container that came with a flower arrangement that I had received as a gift from my class last year. I love the shape of it! It got a new look with a coat Annie Sloan chalk paint in the color French Linen.

opaque floral container and Annie Sloan French Linen paint

The Fresh Flowers

For fresh flowers, I used some faded blue blooms that grow on my big leaf hydrangea bushes, as well as a few cone-shaped limelight hydrangeas. These came from my yard and a friend’s yard. You can read all about how to dry hydrangeas here!

faded light blue hydrangea

The Faux Flowers

Faux Sunflowers, Orange Queen Anne’s Lace, Yellow Globe Thistle Spray, Eucalyptus, as well as some greenery were my choices for this flower arrangement. I purchased my faux flowers at Michaels. Here are the ones I used and few other options!

How to Make Your Fall Centerpiece:

Choose and prepare your container. Add your floral foam to fit your container. If your flowers are fresh, soak your floral foam first and fill your container about 2/3 full of water. If your flowers are dry, you will not need to soak your foam or add water.

Add greenery to the edge of your container. I inserted the end of the stem into the floral foam and shaped it around the perimeter of the container, letting it spill over the edge to create a full base.

view of faux greenery added to floral foam

First, I began with my large hydrangea blooms. Remove most of the leaves from the hydrangea stems, leaving just a couple near the bloom. Trim the stems and insert the stems into the floral foam. Try not to move the stems around too much so they will not become loose.

process photo of addition of fresh stems to faux flowers in fall centerpiece

Next, trim the stems of the faux flowers, again removing lower leaves from the stems. Insert the larger flowers first. I first started with the sunflowers and then filled in the gaps with the Queen Anne’s lace and Thistle spray.

The great thing about using faux flowers is that you can bend the stems as needed. Be sure to turn your arrangement as you are creating so that you can seen that it is balanced and full from all angles.

process photo of addition of faux fall stems to fresh flowers in fall centerpiece

Lastly, I decided to add a few sprigs of eucalyptus to spill over the edge of the container a bit more.

Place Your Fall Centerpiece and Set Your Table

Do you have fun setting a beautiful table for your family or friends? I sure do! Now that I have my centerpiece, I mixed old items with new to incorporate a variety of textures and muted, autumn colors on my fall table.

dining room decfall dining room table with brass candlesticks and fall centerpiece
dining room decorated for fall with brass candlesticks and fall centerpiece

I shopped my home and found a few items to include on this table. A cream-colored velvet runner, round jute placemats, my Grandmother’s silver, water goblets, and brass candle sticks decorate the table. These beautiful creamy white Nantucket dishes from Birch Lane are my favorite dishes. They are the same ones I shared in my Coastal Porch Refresh. I love the basketweave design that reminds me of the classic Nantucket Baskets.

These pretty napkins were a Home Goods find, but you can find some similar ones here and here!

close up of fall napkin and silverware tied with ribbon

I also added these adorable artificial acorns from Michaels. I love the little touch of fall they add.

fall table setting with centerpiece made of real and faux flowers
fall table setting with centerpiece made of real and faux flowers

Thank you so much for visiting today! I wish you a wonderful autumn season!

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To continue the tour, please be sure to visit Dara of The Roots of Home for her fall mantle and the other creative bloggers below!

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view of fall centerpiece in dining room made with fresh and faux flowers

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  1. How clever are you Lynne!? I love that you mixed real hydrangeas with faux autumn flowers to make a gorgeous centerpiece. It turned out beautiful.
    Your tablescape is so perfectly fall-y, so many nice subtle touches!

  2. Lynne, what a pretty centerpiece. I love that you mixed in artificial pieces with the real thing. That’s a great way to fill up a vase and extend the life of any bouquet. I also love that cute little acorn you bought from Michaels. Fits in perfectly and adds a touch of whimsy.

  3. Wow, Lynne! I love the combo of faux and real flowers. Hydrangeas are my absolute favorite and they set off the faux flowers beautifully! I also love the idea of painting the old container with the chalk paint. It looks so lovely. What a joy being on this blog hop with you!


  4. Lynne your table and dining room are so pretty. Mixing real and faux flowers is the way to go and your arrangement is so perfect for a fall tablescape. Love how you updated the urn shaped flower pot too with chalk paint. So smart and the overall look is beautiful! Pinning!

  5. Gorgeous paint technique on the urn. It looks just like pottery! Your flower arrangement is perfect for this time of year. I’m a big fan of mixing hydrangeas and sunflowers, faux and real. My first time to visit. Nice to know you!

  6. What a stunning floral arrangement! It looks amazing! Thank you for sharing the step by step instructions. I just might have to try something like it!

  7. This is such a beautiful centerpiece. I love all of the colors and flowers that you used. And the container is gorgeous! Thanks for showing how you put it all together!

  8. Your centerpiece is lovely, Lynne… and that vase you repainted is perfect, too! So many pretty elements on your tablescape, and I loved seeing some of your dining room in the background, too! Pinned!

  9. Thanks for the step by step details to make our own Fall centerpiece. I love the combination of faux and real florals. Your centerpiece is absolutely stunning and lovely all season long.

  10. Such a lovely arrangement, Lynne! I truly can’t tell the difference between the faux and real florals. They all look so real, especially the sunflowers. The tablescape you set is so elegant! I’m crushing over those basket weave dishes. Thanks for sharing how you arranged the flowers. I will definitely try mixing my own faux and real flowers! It’s always fun to join you on blog hops, my friend! Pinned 🙂

  11. Lynne – this is our kind of centerpiece! We too love using hydrangeas and limelights in our arrangements and decor for as long as the blooms last. Thank you for showing us how to pair real and faux blooms!

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