An easy, nature-inspired and impactful option for your fall décor this year. The colours of foliage, grasses, dried bits and pods at this time of year are perfect for a fun, dimensional and stunning urn arrangement to highlight your front door and welcome your guests. Hot tip – a smaller vase using similar ingredients and grouping techniques would make a great holiday centerpiece.
- An urn
- A bucket that fits inside the urn (if your urn is not waterproof)
- Chicken wire
- Big shears
- Tree/shrub branches
- Find shrubs, trees, tall grasses, vines, etc. and cut long pieces. Please don’t cut anything from other people’s properties unless you ask them first.
- Choose 3 or more different types of foliage, looking for different shapes, sizes, colours and textures. If you can find branches with blooms or berries – bonus!
- Put your foraged branches in a bucket of water and leave them in a shady spot.
- Place bucket in urn and create a ball of chicken wire to place snugly in the bucket. Cover top with a layer of chicken wire – secure it down. Be careful here, chicken wire can be sharp!
- Fill bucket with water.
- Add your branches, start by creating your initial shape – I always aim for asymmetrical in which one side might be higher or wider and the other lower or thinner.
- Add foliage until you have your desired shape and you can no longer see chicken wire.
- In advance, take small pieces of the branches you think might work and see how long they last in a vase of water. Don’t use any types of foliage that wilt right away.
- Be aware of what is growing in the areas you are foraging in. Be careful of plants like poison ivy or wild parsnip.
- Group the types of greenery in your arrangement. It tends to look more natural that way.
- Take the leaves off the part of the branch that will be in water.