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This week I had planned on having the lovely ladies at Sustain My Craft Habit do a guest post, so we’ll continue with that.
A few weeks ago they shared a photo of a beautifully made foraged bouquet/centerpiece. I love the colours, the textures and the shapes in this bouquet, and most importantly that it’s sustainably crafted. My hat is off to you ladies!
Now that we’re officially into fall you don’t have to look far to find beautiful colours, textures and inspiration in nature. It is this beauty that inspired a woodland-themed first birthday party for the youngest. And it wouldn’t be woodland without bringing some of the woods in. So, we headed out, armed with a pair of gardening scissors and the kids, to our local nature trail to see if we could find some natural foliage for an autumn bouquet and centerpiece.
We were not disappointed! In addition to the leaves turning bright shades of orange and red, we found interesting dried stalks and trees and bushes full of beautiful berries. The dried stalks were quite prickly (note: bring gloves next time). We found both white and black berry bushes and love how the two contrast each other. We also found a small crab apple tree and snipped off a few twigs.
We headed home with our branches. We were able to put the arrangement together right away, but if it’s going to wait a bit just make sure to get them into water to avoid wilting/drying.
To make our centerpiece we used a low, square-shaped vase this we had on hand, but really any shape will do. You just want to make sure that the branches are long enough or your container is shallow enough that the ends of the branches are in the water. However, in order to keep your arrangement fresh for longer it’s important that you remove any lower leaves to keep them out of the water (it will otherwise get swampy pretty quickly).
We then started arranging the branches from outside to in: start with some of the shorter pieces on the outside and add in your slightly longer pieces as you work inwards, making sure that the different types of branches are evenly distributed. To fill in our arrangement a bit we also added some small apples that were skewered onto take-out chopsticks (knew they would come in handy!).
It may take a bit of fiddling to make sure your arrangement looks “balanced”. We had to remove and shorten some of the branches a bit to make the arrangement look more even. We also snipped off some of the leaves to be able to see the berries a bit better.
There are so many things that we enjoyed about our foraged berry branch bouquet and centerpiece including the memories of collecting the branches, the beautiful look of autumn indoors and the unbeatable price! Would you make a foraged berry bouquet?
Jane and Sonja are sisters and moms who blog at SustainMyCraftHabit.com about crafting with sustainability in mind. On their blog you will find DIYs for home décor, kids, style and their favourite recipes with in-season ingredients. You can find their blog here or on connect with them on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and BlogLovin.