Fall Floral Arrangement from Yard Clippings

Floral Fall Arrangement from Yard Clippings at CreatingThisLife.com

A year or so ago I made a resolution of sorts: I wanted to have more living plants and flowers in our home, instead of artificial.

It’s been a process. Real plants are definitely more work than fake ones, and I don’t always keep them alive. But I do love having the real deal around.

Well, last week I was exploring a new-to-me blog, The Everyday Home, and saw that Barbara, the creator of that blog, had made a summer floral arrangement out of yard clippings. She gave me permission to share it with you here.

summer floral arrangement

I know, right?

Isn’t it lush and wonderful?

With my resolution in mind, I knew I had to do a fall version right away, and yesterday was the day.

I kind of expected to have to take a little nature walk to find the variety of clippings I was looking for. And while that sounds like a lovely idea, I didn’t really want to have to do it.

I’m what you would call indoorsy.

That’s why I was outside looking for things to drag back inside in the first place.

As it turned out, though, I didn’t even have to leave my yard.  I clipped some things from three different trees and one bush and I had all the variety I needed.

fall tree clippings

Even as I was piling this stuff up on my sidewalk, I could see that this arrangement would be impossible to mess up; it was pretty much going to make itself.

floral arrangement from fall yard clippings at CreatingThisLife.com

Fall colors just don’t let you fail. Even when they come a little late, like they have to Kansas City this year. I’m actually okay with that, though. I like the green among the other colors.

fall floral arrangement from yard clippings at CreatingThisLife.com

And one of our trees has berries among the leaves in the fall. Who knew? I should probably get back to nature more often.

yard clippings arrangementOnce I was back inside, I separated the branches according to type. I started by putting the fuller ones in the vase and then added in the straighter stems.

Fall Yard Clippings Arrangement at CreatingThisLifeSo, so easy and I love it. I’m very grateful to Barbara for the inspiration, because I think this is probably going to be a seasonal thing.

P.S. That Pickwick & Co. candle in Autumn scent is to die for. Just sayin’.

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  1. It is beautiful!!! You are right, beautiful yard clippings almost make themselves. It’s a no-fail way of creating arrangements quickly and with no money. 🙂 Very proud of you for being an “indoorsy” gal. 🙂

  2. Hi Julie…I always thing arrangements like this are so pretty and organic. I also wasted to thank you for reaching out to me with your kind words on the death of my dog. I so appreciate all of the comfort I have gotten from readers. Sherry

    1. Sherry, I hope you’re feeling a bit better. Hugs.

  3. Such beautiful clippings.
    You’re always welcome at Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  4. I love making arrangements from the garden or even the roadside. Any time someone needs a big arrangement for something here in town they call me-nothing like getting something free. LOL. Yours is lovely, and the good thing is you can find something every month to do a free arrangement-just have to look.

    1. Well that sounds like a challenge, Vickie. Every month, huh? I’m going to have to give that a try. Thanks for the comment.

  5. Your arrangement is a natural beauty, for sure! I love using clippings from our back woods for arrangements. I thought, “Oh, a kindred spirit,” when I read that you weren’t looking forward to venturing off to find all the natural beauties. I’m indoorsy too!

    1. Yay! Another one for the indoorsy team. Nice to meet a kindred spirit, Melinda.

  6. Beautiful! I told my husband to stop buying me flowers ages ago and just to pick them from the garden when he thinks about it. We have had so many lovely arrangements from garden weeds and plants some of which we would never have been able to buy from the shops. Here is a link to one of my blog posts about our back garden flower arranging – http://www.ecothriftyliving.com/2013/07/more-flowers.html

    1. I looked at your post, Zoe. That’s a weed? It’s so pretty!

  7. It’s beautiful, and looks wonderful against your large mirror. I think I’ll take a walk in my yard and see what I can find.

    I get a lot of my no-fail houseplants at Home Depot. They’re cheap, and add simple color and texture to the first floor.

    Thanks for sharing your arrangement with Fabulously Frugal Thursday! Have a great weekend!

    1. I always check out the plant section of Home Depot and Lowe’s too, Barb.

  8. Who would have ever thought this beautiful arrangement was from yard clipping? I need to get out in my yard and start cutting!

    I would love it if you would share this frugal post and any others at the Living Big on Less Money Series link party. It is live now! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!

    1. Thanks for letting me know about your link party, Cynthia. I will check it out.

  9. Those turned out beautiful. All of our leaves are turning colors now, it would be fun to see what we could make out of them. It’s raining today though, maybe this weekend.

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