I have seasonal confusion disorder. It happens every year this time, I feel conflicted about which holiday to decorate for and now that I don’t host Thanksgiving, I can’t help but get into the holiday spirit. Still, I find myself mesmerized by the beautiful fall colors drifting off the trees. Another thing I’m known for is being fickle. I went to the store last week intending to create a Friendsgiving table setting with mums and in the midst, decided to do a fruit and vegetable table runner instead. I couldn’t let them go to waste, so I created a centerpiece of mums to give to my lifelong friend Tori at lunch because I never like to come empty handed. Yes, mums, the ones you plant in your garden in early fall!
Like most of my other flower arrangements, this mum centerpiece is easy and inexpensive to recreate. My friend Erin, who previously owned her own floral business, warned me against working with mums because they’re stiff, but, I was already committed and couldn’t stand to see these fall beauties tossed aside in favor of Christmas flowers just yet. So, I decided to use their stiffness to my advantage.
To recreate this fall centerpiece of mums, you’ll need:
mums in 2 colors
2 -3 large flowers
Forgive me for the photos of this impromptu shoot – I’m still working with the lighting in my kitchen and gosh, it’s so much harder than I imagined it would be. I’m open to tips, In fact, I’m begging for them!
- Fill your vase with water trim your stems, and remove any green that might fall below the vase
- Trim 5 stems of mums of the same color to an equal length and station one at each corner of the vase and nestle the 5th upright between the stems of the others
- Repeat with spider 5 mums
- Trim 3 stems of the smaller mums 2″ taller than the others and insert them between the center flowers and outside flowers at opposite corners
- Insert your 2-3 large flowers, again, working opposite angles and allowing 1 to stand a little taller
- Fill in with your 2nd color of smaller mum, again, slightly taller
- Using your greenery, insert a few stems in the the front right of the vase to droop out, middle to back left of the vase and then upright in the center of the back of the vase
Let’s admire them some more, shall we? I’m pretty proud of my flower arrangements, especially given that I haven’t had any formal floral training, just a lot.of.fun. Hope you enjoyed this centerpiece with mums – and if you create one of my centerpieces, please tag me on Instagram, I’d love to see!