Of all the seasons, it seems like fall is one of the busiest. Back to school, sporting events, work deadlines, garden harvest, preparing for winter… all of these things take up time during this season that is meant to be comfy and cozy. One of the most comforting things I can offer you is this fantastically simple DIY for fall, which isn’t actually a DIY at all but rather just a deconstructed leaf bouquet.
You’ll love the simple, fresh appeal these vintage beaker vases provide, and hopefully you’ll be able to breathe more deeply and slow it down a bit.
- Glass beakers
- Leaves and/or fall foliage
If your beakers are different sizes, determine beforehand which beaker should be matched with which leaf/foliage. If you’re interested, the beakers used in this example are vintage laboratory beakers, found on etsy. They are absolutely charming in all their imperfect, vintage glory.
In this case, a tall and relatively weak (e.g., narrow base) beaker was a prime candidate for holding the grasses.
If you are using any fall foliage (e.g., a smaller “branch” type holding multiple leaves), you’ll want to remove any leaves on the stem where the beaker will touch.
Not only will this look better, being leaf-free, in a clear glass beaker, but it will also help the stem to fit better. These laboratory beakers can be quite slender in the neck, which makes them ideal for a deconstructed fall bouquet.
Even a little mum bloom provides sweet contrast to the leafier varieties in this display.
Put all the stems into the beakers, taking care none are top-heavy or too tall, and arrange them how you like.
I like the rainbow of color represented here, although you could really push for a fall motif with more golds, burnt oranges, and deep reds in the leaves.
Don’t be alarmed if a few (or all) of your stems don’t reach the bottom of the beaker. These aren’t living plants that need water, like in a real bouquet, so their dangling there in the neck of the beaker is (a) barely noticeable, and (b) sweet anyway.
Really, the proportions of your glass beakers are the key to this fall arrangement. They need to be super slim so a single leaf looks at home in the vase, and stands upright when its stem is inserted.
When your leaves begin to dry out, or whenever you want to swap them for something else, go ahead and do so. Keep your fall arrangement fresh and updated throughout the season, changing it every day if you love it.
We hope you enjoy your new beaker vase deconstructed fall leaf bouquet. If you love it half as much as I love the proportion of these vintage lab beakers, you’re going to be pretty well off for seasonal décor. Happy DIYing!