How to Make a Simple Fall Floral Arrangement Step By Step

A step by step DIY tutorial to make your own fall floral arrangement for fall decor around the house or for a wedding / event.

making a simple fall floral arrangement centerpiece & altar flower arrangement

DIY Simple Fall Flower Arrangement Centerpiece

Whether it’s decorating, photography, dancing, painting, or arranging flowers, trying something that pushes you creatively is good for your brain and your soul.

Whenever I feel stressed, I always try to create something. That just so happened to be this DIY simple fall floral arrangement this week.

It’s so perfect for a statement-making entryway table, dining table, or coffee table centerpiece. But in this case I whipped up two of them for our church for the fall season.

If you have a special event like a fall wedding coming up, here is how to make this fall centerpiece yourself.

burgundy and purple fall floral arrangement


I used faux flowers for this arrangement, but you can easily adapt it with fresh cut real flowers or dried flowers too.

  1. Flowers: Choose a variety of fall blooms in a rich, warm color palette such as deep reds, oranges, yellows, and purples. Some excellent choices include dahlias, sunflowers, roses, chrysanthemums, and marigolds.
  2. Foliage: Incorporate seasonal foliage like eucalyptus, maple leaves, and oak branches to add texture and depth to your arrangement.
  3. Vase or Container: Select a vase or container that complements your chosen flowers and fits the size of the arrangement you have in mind. A rustic ceramic vase or a mason jar can work beautifully for a fall arrangement.
  4. Half Sphere Shaped Floral Foam: To help secure your flowers in place, you can use floral foam.
  5. Wire Cutting Shears (for faux) or Pruning Shears (for real): Sharp cutting tools are essential for trimming and arranging your flowers.
  6. Water and Flower Food (if using real flowers): Keep your arrangement fresh by having clean water and floral preservative on hand.

I used these supplies for each arrangement:

Step 1 – Prepare Your Stems

Start by preparing your stems for arranging.

  1. Trim the stems: Use pruning shears or scissors to cut the flower stems at a diagonal angle. This will help the flowers absorb water more effectively. I trimmed all of my stems to about 10 inches.
  2. Remove excess foliage: Strip any leaves or branches from the lower part of the stems that will be submerged in water.
  3. Condition the flowers: Place your cut flowers in a bucket of warm water with floral food for a few hours to hydrate them and extend their vase life.
half sphere florist foam and compote bowl for a floral arrangement base

Step 2 – Create the Base

To create a sturdy base for your fall floral arrangement:

  1. Place the half-sphere foam inside of your compote bowl or vase. I had to trim the perimeter of my foam just a little with a knife to fit it snuggly inside of this gold compote bowl.

If you’re using real flowers, first soak the foam in water until saturated.

florist foam in a compote bowl for a flower arrangement base

Step 3 – Build the Arrangement

  1. Place 1 focal flower stem (your largest bloom) in the very top and center of the half sphere. Push it down into the foam to stay in place and decide how high you want your arrangement to be. This stem will be the about the height of the overall centerpiece. I used these purple and green peonies.
starting a floral arrangement with focal flower stem in top

2. Place 4 stems spaced equally around that first stem you placed, halfway down the sphere.

using peonies in a fall floral arrangement

3. Place 6-8 more stems equally around the base of the foam sphere.

purple and green peonies from Afloral

4. Select a new variety of stems with the next largest bloom as your secondary flowers to layer in the arrangement. I used these burgundy mums.

burgundy mums from Afloral

5. Place the second variety of flowers equally in spaces between the first flower variety.

filling in a fall flower arrangement with burgundy mums

6. Select leafy stems as your greenery filler. I chose used three of these large mauve green fake Italian ruscus stems cut into thirds.

mauve and green Italian ruscus from Afloral

7. Fill in any gaps with the filler greenery to add volume, texture, and hide remaining visible foam underneath.

filling leaves into a fall centerpiece

8. Add leafy stems around the base to hide foam underneath as well.

adding leafy stems into a flower arrangement

9. To finish, add in a few pieces of seasonal foliage, tucking it around the flowers to complete the arrangement. It’s totally optional, but I think it’s fun some extra texture and color.

adding foxtail grass in a fall centerpiece

Step 4 – Care and Maintenance

If you are using real flowers, ensure your fall floral arrangement stays fresh and beautiful:

  1. Keep it hydrated: Check the water level regularly and top off the vase with fresh water as needed.
  2. Trim the stems: Every few days, trim the stems at an angle and change the water to prolong the life of your arrangement.

That’s it! All done! I love how the purples, greens, and burgundy traditional fall color scheme came together in this DIY fall floral arrangement. And the fact that it’ll last forever is a big bonus.

Even though this will be used as altar flowers, it would make great home decor for this time of year.

I’m certainly not a professional floral design by any means, but these are so fun to make!

DIY fall floral arrangement with mums and peonies
fall floral centerpiece with burgundy and purple flowers

I love the look so much I just might make one of these to keep at home for a fall table or Thanksgiving table.

Have you learned any floral arranging tips you’d add? I’m always trying to learn more.

simple fall floral arrangement dining table centerpiece
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  1. My father-in-law worked at Clemson Extension in the Ag department and loves all things plants, visiting botanical gardens every chance he gets. I don’t know if this is a common saying, but once I was admiring some planters at Daniel Stowe and he said, “Easy to do yourself… Any planter! All you need is a thriller, a filler, and a spiller.” Thriller= height/focal point, filler=base flower or foliage, spiller=something trailing out.” Looked more or less like your formula. You did a beautiful job! Love it!