Elegant Mum Arrangements for Every Corner of Your Home
The possibilities are endless when it comes to arranging with mums. From dining table centerpieces to wreaths to the perennial, fall-favorite mumkin, your home is pleading for an infusion of mums come autumn. They’re such versatile flowers, and they make for gorgeous, graphic arrangements. Southern Living floral guru Buffy Hargett Miller has plenty of fantastic ideas for fall mums to inspire your arrangements this season. Read on to borrow some of her loveliest design ideas for fall mums, and enjoy the elegant, eye-catching arrangements that follow. From a fuchsia centerpiece to a vibrant green arrangement to a fun twist on the classic mumkin, we have botanical designs for every autumnal style. The great thing about these flower arrangements is that they are not only pretty, they’re also long-lasting. With some care and adequate watering, they could very well last all month long, providing you with vibrant color, fall flair, and high-impact (yet still inexpensive) decor. We think you’ll love these mum designs so much that you’ll want to re-create them for every corner of your home. They’re great decor options for your dining table, front door, mantel, entry, stoop, deck, and patio. They’re also perfect for fall parties and as hostess gifts for impromptu autumn get-togethers. Mums everywhere! Mums for all!
Modern Twist Mums
When clustered together on a pretty tray, this centerpiece will charm every guest (and they’ll probably ask to take one home with them). Create these apple mums with only two ingredients—‘Granny Smith’ apples and lime green Fugi (or spider) mums. It’s a modern take on a classic idea that feels so fresh for a fall centerpiece. Cut the stems of your mums very short; each stem should be about half as long as the apple is tall. Using a long toothpick, make a hole in the center of the apple that’s large and long enough to accommodate the stem of the mum. Insert the stems of the mums into the apples, choose a colorful tray as a base to ground the tableau, and arrange your centerpiece. The moisture and sugar in the apples will feed the mums, so your arrangement will last and last.
Take the classic fall pumpkin stack and turn it on its head—almost. To construct the tower, your bottom pumpkin will need to be flat on top. Cut a piece of florist foam into a wedge (think the shape of a doorstop or a wedge of brie). Affix the damp florist foam to the bottom pumpkin with pins, and affix the smaller pumpkin to the top of the foam so that it rests at a jaunty slant and has a tilted effect. Cut your flowers and plants—mums, eucalyptus, variegated pittosporum, and hypericum berries—and arrange them in the florist foam, filling in the diagonal and hiding the foam wedge. If you’re placing it on a table, set the arrangement atop a linen in a coordinating color. It's a pumpkin stack/mumkin hybrid, and it is so pretty.
Take your cues from nature in this vibrant, verdant arrangement. Re-create this look by inserting damp florist foam into a woven basket vessel. The more the vessel looks like a bird’s nest, the more on-theme you’ll be. Choose flowers and other botanical additions in varying shades of bright green. Lime-hued Fuji mums (also known as spider mums), green Kermit mums, and hypericum berries blend beautifully. Add in assorted greenery with structural, waxy leaves too. Loop bear grass and cluster it in the arrangement for height and additional architectural interest.
Embrace all the shades of fuchsia in this purple- and crimson-hued arrangement. Add in deep pink mums, purple kale, silver dollar eucalyptus, and dried hydrangea for an elegant mix and an unexpected play on classic fall colors. Allow the stalks of eucalyptus to drape over the side of the vessel to add a dramatic, asymmetrical touch to an already romantic arrangement. Use a round vessel in a neutral hue to ensure that the flowers remain the focal point of this design. You can also use a hollow gourd filled with damp florist foam (as with this arrangement) for another autumnal touch.
Mum’s the Word Wreath
Spend a few minutes putting together this delightful, easy wreath, and your front door will be bare no more. Choose assorted mums in varying colors—we like the yellow, gold, and fuchsia tones of this design—and arrange them on a florist foam wreath form (which you can find at florist shops or crafts stores). Fill the damp wreath form with flowers until the wreath is completely covered, and affix a ribbon for hanging. This wreath is hung with a ribbon that mimics the color and texture of aspidistra leaves.
Keep things streamlined, elegant, and simple with this vibrant design idea. Buy spheres of florist foam with netting (the spheres often come with netting that helps keep flowers in place). Choose mums in a few complementary colors, cut the stems short, and arrange them in monochromatic designs, like these, for maximum impact. These balls of florist foam were filled only halfway with mums (i.e. mums were only inserted in the northern hemispheres) so that they could be easily placed in the metal vases for display. Pick bright colors when choosing your mums to keep your decor cheery and eye-catching.