It may be time to toss out your jack-o-lanterns, but holiday decorating is still a few weeks away (come on, at least wait until Thanksgiving to pull out your twinkle lights and tinsel!). To help fill the gap between monsters and mistletoe, we curated 10 ideas for long-lasting arrangements with autumn's finest. Choose enduring ingredients like eucalyptus and leafy branches, and you'll be able to leave them out all season.
Above: A few branches of bittersweet berries will brighten up your living room for weeks. Go to BHG to learn how to make the framed leaves behind the arrangement.
As fall transitions into winter, a eucalyptus arrangement is one of the easiest, cheapest, and longest-lasting arrangements to carry you through the season. Not only can you often find it for 10 bucks or less a bunch at bodegas, but the sweet, crisp scent will make your whole home smell fresh. Simple, unfussy arrangements work best, as shown by this display from sfgirlbybay.
VT Wonen demonstrates the beauty of a deconstructed arrangement. Rather than bundle various branches and berries in one vase, group together several small vessels and place one or two stems in each. If one of the elements starts to wilt, you can take out that one without having to toss out the entire display.
Cutting branches of fall leaves right from your backyard is the most beautiful (and free!) way to create an arrangement with lasting power. Collect long branches for a dramatic display, like the one from The Vintage Whites Market above, and add a few drops of glycerin to the water to help preserve the foliage.
Pussy willow displays are so simple—you don't even need to add water (unless you want to force the buds to open). You can keep the stems long and pair them with a tall vase, or cut the stems down and arrange them loosely in a wider one, as Nordin Farm did here.
Don't worry if you live in an area without changing leaves and autumn berries. To capture the feeling of a New England fall in New Orleans, Suzonne Stirling of Urban Comfort ordered vibrant bittersweet berries on Etsy.
By spray-painting Japanese lanterns black, Martha Stewart Living crafts a bouquet that's subtly spooky, yet sophisticated enough to leave out long after Halloween.
When dried, "lacecap" hydrangea looks every bit as beautiful as when it's fresh. By placing the branches in a pitcher, Food52 reminds us to shop our cabinets for alternative vases.
Except for some white spray roses, all the ingredients in this bouquet are set to last for weeks: Dusty miller, eucalyptus and silver brunia (a type of evergreen). Visit Earnest Home Co. to learn how to tape off a grid before building the arrangement.
An everlasting arrangement of wheat, tallow berries, leaves and dried roses was spotted on DesignLoveFest, before being transformed into a wreath.
The secret to a pumpkin planter that will last all season is to not carve into it. Instead, Sara from Simply Happenstance attached moss to each pumpkin, and then nestled mini succulents on top.
*Re-edited from a post that originally appeared 11.05.2016. - AH