Fall Arrangements

Evoke the earthy scents and muted colors of fall with these tabletop centerpieces.
Candle Wreath

To make this wreath, select an assortment of naturals, such as berries, leaves, stems, branches, pinecones, and acorns. (This wreath is made from cryptomeria japonica, euonymus "Gaiety," hydrangea "Nikko Blue," ilex "Nellie Stevens," pepperberries, and pieris "Valley Valentine.") You will also need a 14-inch diameter straw wreath form, sheet moss (available at garden supply stores), florist staples, and a hot-glue gun.

  • Wet the sheet moss thoroughly to bring out its color and make it easier to shape. Then, blot with paper towels. Cover the wreath and underside of the moss with glue; press the sheet moss to the wreath, patching as needed.
  • Arrange greens of assorted colors and textures on the wreath, starting with a base of three large pieces of greenery; attach to wreath with staples. Add additional greens as necessary. Fill in with leaves, stems, and berries, stapling in place. Finish the wreath by gluing on small items such as acorns and pinecones.
  • Hang the wreath vertically, or lay it flat and set three candles inside in candleholders of different heights. Never leave a burning candle unattended.

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