Woodland Friends Fall Table + DIY Floral Runner

 Create a blooming table runner for fall using fresh flowers with this easy method and flower arrangement longevity tips.

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Fall is my favorite season and I’ve been counting down the days since August. . .

ready for crisp, cool weather, a harvest of pumpkins, warm plaid layers,

and cozy meals with the flavors of fall on the menu!

Woodland Friends Fall Tablescape and DIY fresh flower table runner | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #fall #centerpiece #tablescapes

While fall officially arrives by the calendar next week, Mother Nature still has plenty of summer weather

left for us in North Carolina.  For my ‘Welcome Fall’ Table, I chose a bright farmhouse plaid tablecloth

that blends the colors of both seasons. The brighter color palette seems appropriate

for our 90+ degree temperatures.

 DIY fresh flower table runner for Fall | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #fall #centerpiece #tablescapes

To create this fresh flower table runner, I started with some chicken wire.

Chicken wire is environmentally friendly unlike wet floral foam and economical too as it can be reused.

You can find chicken wire in small rolls at the craft store and larger rolls at the garden center.

The benefit of using painted chicken wire is that it won’t rust as quickly as  galvanized chicken wire,

but any chicken wire will work to help support the flowers in your arrangement.

DIY fresh flower table runner with chicken wire | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #fall #centerpiece #tablescapes

For the base for my table runner, I used plastic storage containers,

also used for an Easter Floral Table Runner.  I found the containers sold in packs of two at Dollar Tree.

The dimension of my containers are 5 1/2 inches wide by 8 inches long and 2 inches deep.

Create a DIY fresh flower table runner with chicken wire | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #fall #centerpiece #tablescapes

Cut your chicken wire a little longer and wider than your container

using pliers, bending the wire to fit inside the containers.

Create a DIY fresh flower table runner with chicken wire | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #fall #centerpiece #tablescapes

To keep the wire from shifting while arranging the flowers I used some

waterproof floral tape to secure it to the container.

Create a DIY fresh flower table runner with chicken wire | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #fall #centerpiece #tablescapes

After the chicken wire is in place, arrange the containers down the center of your table.

The containers aren’t attached to one another, rather simply placed in a row, end-to-end.

Fill your containers with water and floral preservative/ flower food and you’re ready to begin!

Create a DIY fresh flower table runner with chicken wire | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #fall #centerpiece #tablescapes

Now for the fun, creating your blooming table runner!

I started with some greenery I cut, (privet) adding it to the chicken wire,

along with some green oak leaves.

Create a DIY fresh flower table runner for fall | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #fall #centerpiece #tablescapes

 Mums in assorted fall colors, alstoemeria and cheery sunflowers from the grocery store

were added to fill in down the length of the table. Both mums and alstroemeria have a long vase life,

lasting a week or longer and sunflowers will last around four days or more depending

on how fresh they are when you purchase them.  Arranging mums is easier and they go further

if you cut them apart, placing the individual flowers in the chicken wire.

Sprigs cut from the abelia shrubs (some with little white blooms) were added last.

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Let me introduce you to my woodland friends at the table, anxious to welcome fall!

Woodland Friends Fall Tablescape and DIY fresh flower table runner | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #fall #centerpiece #tablescapes

Meet Chloe the Jack Rabbit . . .

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Chloe’s whiskers are twitching in anticipation of an abundant autumn.

Woodland Friends Fall Tablescape and DIY fresh flower table runner | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #fall #centerpiece #tablescapes

Daisy the Fox is ready for fall. . .

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Daisy is dressed for the season and adorned with a plaid ribbon, leaves and acorns.

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Mazey the Squirrel is foraging for acorns and squirreling them away for winter. . .

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Mazey’s perched on a pumpkin, awaiting fall’s arrival.

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And last but not least, Margaret the Deer. . .

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She *deerly* loves fall and is all aflutter!

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This is a fun way to add flowers to the length of your table that you can do anytime of year!

You can also divide your centerpiece when dinner is over,

sending your guests home with a mini arrangement.

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Here are few tips to help extend the life of your flowers in your arrangement:

🌻 Cut your flower stems at a 45 degree angle for maximum water uptake and remove any leaves below the water line.

🌻 Always add the floral preservative packets to your vase water that come with flowers purchased at the grocery store. If you don’t have any floral preservative, you can make your own with this easy formula.

🌻 Check your water level to top it off as necessary. Some flowers like hydrangeas are heavy drinkers.

🌻 If you’re using greenery from your yard, cut it and condition several hours in advance or preferably overnight before adding it to your arrangement.

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🌻 If you’re using cut hydrangeas, use the alum-dipping method to keep them from wilting.

🌻 Keep your flower arrangement away from heat (like vents blowing) or direct sunlight.

🌻 Change your vase water every other day and recut the stems if possible.

🌻 Peel the outer layer of the woody stems with a vegetable peeler rather than smashing the stems which can cause bacteria to grow.

Removing 3 – 4 inches of the outer wood helps the stems ‘drink’ and stay fresh longer.

 DIY fresh flower table runner | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #fall #centerpiece #tablescapes

Table Details:

Woodland Friends Mazey Critters Salad Plates / Pier 1, couple years ago

Harvest Plaid Dinner Plates / Pier 1, several years ago, used here

Carved White Chargers / Pier 1, several years ago

Amber Goblets / Pfaltzgraff

Farmhouse Plaid Tablecloth / HomeGoods, several years ago, used here

Flatware / Mikasa Cameo Gold

Acorns / Pier 1

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  57 comments for “Woodland Friends Fall Table + DIY Floral Runner

  1. September 17, 2019 at 6:40 am

    Mary, your table is just stunning in all of its autumn beauty. The floral table runner is gorgeous and your step by step tutorial makes it so easy to understand and implement. The sunflowers, mums, and alstroemeria bring in all of the fall colors. The plaid tablecloth is the perfect foundation for your whimsical woodland friends. Even though it remains in the 90’s, your table speaks of the soon coming season. Your table fills up all the senses…it is magic. I always enjoy sitting at your table!

  2. Gail Young
    September 17, 2019 at 7:03 am

    So lovely!!

  3. Bonnie Morgan
    September 17, 2019 at 7:24 am

    Ok, it is decided I am going to do a blooming runner sometime!! You do it so well and explain how to do it so well now I am confident I could too! I love your selections of the plaid tablecloth and napkins with the darling Woodland Friends Mazey Critter salad plates atop the plaid dinner plates. Each animal friend is so cute and full of personality. The curved white chargers were the perfect choice to draw your eye. The blooming runner is stunning! The colors, shapes, and textures are all lovely together. Just delightful and as usual all your tips are so helpful!
    I’m looking forward to some cooler days.

  4. September 17, 2019 at 7:27 am

    Oh how I love your tutorials! The Autumn centerpiece is so very lovely! Each flower reminds us of the Falls colors of the forest.

    You made me smile with all the animals and their names! Your dishes go perfectly with the plaid tablecloth!

    Another stunning tablescape!

  5. Françoise Deschamps
    September 17, 2019 at 7:52 am

    On se réjouie d’être en automne, lorsque l’on voit une aussi jolie composition florale, et avec vos explications, pas du tout difficile à faire !
    Très bonne journée

  6. Véro
    September 17, 2019 at 8:05 am

    It’s gorgeous!

  7. September 17, 2019 at 8:06 am

    Mary, what a fabulous floral arrangement tutorial! So many great tips and things I didn’t realize before. Love that the centerpiece can bee broken apart and taken home with guests too. As always, your tablescape is a stunner full of wonderful tableware and richly detailed.

  8. Clara
    September 17, 2019 at 8:08 am

    Mary, This is a feast for the eyes! I love your Woodland friends plates! I went to Pier 1 in search of them this weekend but they have a much different pattern now that’s muted & has no color. Thank you for letting me enjoy yours in this beautiful post! The tablecloth is so pretty, & the chargers are favorites as well. Now the magnificent centerpiece is a show stopper! Even though we hit 100 degrees yesterday, this table is welcoming! Have a great week! Clara ♥️

  9. Clara
    September 17, 2019 at 8:27 am

    Mary, My first comment disappeared but I also wanted to add that the acorn adornments add so much to the overall tablescape. Clara 🦊

  10. June in the Woods
    September 17, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Wonderful floral centerpiece, and your detailed instructions are so helpful. And that tableware! Perfection. 🍂🍁🍂

  11. September 17, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Fall perfection Mary, and your woodland creature plates are so adorable! I love the way the happy plaid tablecloth complements everything, the colors are wonderful with your creative flower runner. I always appreciate your flower tips and learn something new every time. The acorns are such a fun touch! Our hop is off to such a great start this week 🌻

  12. September 17, 2019 at 8:47 am

    What a beautifully done woodland table, Mary! Thank you for sharing your wonderful method of making the floral runner. You make it look so easy!! Your plates are just perfect for your table with your plaids. I always appreciate the inspiration that you share. ❤️🌻❤️

  13. September 17, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Great idea from dollar tree! Love your dishes, I was just talking to mine in the closet the other day 😉

  14. September 17, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Gorgeous!!!! I am loving all the plaids you have used on this fabulous fall table! Your fresh floral runner is magnificent! Thank you for all your tips on how do keep those flowers looking so pretty, mine have a habit of wilting!! It is always such a pleasure to click on your post and see what Mary has created!!! Thank you for hopping with us!!

  15. Chloe Crabtree
    September 17, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Mary, thank you for sharing your creative way of constructing the table runner centerpiece, I daresay it is not only more environmentally friendly than floral foam, but much more economical, too! I am in love with the colorful patterned dishes, particularly when paired with your sweet woodland friends salad plates. I hope cooler temperatures are coming your way soon!

  16. September 17, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Mary, you do have a wonderful way with flowers and arrangements and, particularly, with your very lovely floral table runners. I am always amazed and at awe over how you create and design such absolutely stunning masterpieces with fresh flowers and greenery. It really captures all of the beauty you have in your tablescape pieces such as your plates and plaid chargers. Although there is a mixture of patterns, they all blend perfectly and harmoniously together. You have such a special touch and talent for selecting the most stunning pieces, patterns and textures together. I enjoy the personal introduction to your named plates. Chloe, the bunny, has such a innocent, child-like face. As always it is such a pleasure to blog hop along with you.

    • I
      September 17, 2019 at 10:25 am

      Another amazing table setting and floral runner. Thank you so much for your advice on preserving flowers and greenery and tutorial for arranging the floral runner. The historic homes tour is coming up on the 28th and I definitely plan to follow your suggestions for a floral table runner. I dried endless summer hydrangeas as you had done for one of your earlier posts and want to do something similar on my breakfast room table. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. You have a phenomenal assortment of beautiful dishes and flatwear and I am always amazed at how you put everything together.

  17. Franki
    September 17, 2019 at 10:04 am

    That was SO informative & helpful…I can DO that…Thanksgiving, Christmas…thankx!! Beautiful!! franki

  18. Virginia
    September 17, 2019 at 10:27 am

    The comment form I is from Virginia. Silly IPad sent before I could correct my name.

  19. Sharon
    September 17, 2019 at 10:29 am

    I bought this Nordic ware loaf pan after you featured it last fall. I am so looking forward to trying the pumpkin loaf with cream cheese swirl! Yummy!

  20. September 17, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Fall is a four-letter word to me and I am still in denial that it is happening. But like everything else you do, this makes me smile!

  21. Carolyn Day
    September 17, 2019 at 11:56 am

    Mary I just love your site. I actually got on to it when I saw a photo of your two in plaid coats. That was some time back. I am a Bichon mommy too. Thank you brightening my day with the gorgeous photos and ideas. If I were to receive the lovely tote I would be able to keep my knitting supplies in one place. Thanks for all your ideas etc. etc.Carolyn Day

  22. September 17, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Mary, your table is gorgeous. I love the fresh flower centerpiece going down the middle of your table. You are so generous with your tutorials. The flowers combination are perfect for fall. I have similar plates…I do love their sweet faces. The plaid is another layer that looks so lovely with the white chargers and Woodland friends plates. I would love to be your guest at this stunning table.

  23. September 17, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Wow! Your floral runner is stunning! Very clever to use the chicken wire, and I love the combination of the whimsical woodland friends paired with plaid! It is a pleasure to be joining you this week. Happy Fall! Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  24. Gail
    September 17, 2019 at 12:26 pm


  25. jane Lund
    September 17, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! I just love all that you do!!

  26. September 17, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    What a beautiful table, Mary! I love that you used what you had to create this and didn’t have to buy anything other than the flowers. Speaking of flowers, thank you for your wonderful tutorial for how you made your centerpiece. I must get some coated chicken wire to try this method for my table. Oasis is great but it is wasteful that its use means it ends up in the landfill. I love your sweet dishes and they are just perfect to enjoy this time of year. It’s always a pleasure to see your work!

  27. September 17, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    I like the squirrel on pumpkin plate best! Your runner is spectacular Mary, it really turned out full and pretty-enjoy:@)

  28. September 17, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Amazing Mary—such a simple solution for containers. I love everything about this table setting and the floral is outstanding! Love the plates…and of course, I love plaid when you use it!

  29. Sue Marie
    September 17, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Mary, love your woodland plates and love how your colors and plaid fabrics come together so well.

  30. September 17, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Your centerpiece is to die for!Stunning dishes too.Amazing table!!!Thanks for the tips!

  31. Kathy Menold
    September 18, 2019 at 6:32 am

    Amazing tablescape and I am in love with those dishes.Your talents are never ending.When is your book coming to grace our coffee tables? Enjoy the cooler temps the next few days.Certainly welcome!

  32. September 18, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Your table is beautiful! I absolutely love those plates!!

  33. September 18, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    I almost bought those plates a couple of years ago and dang it, now I wish I had. Everything looks amazing as always. You have such a gift. Perfectly fall, even when it’s in the 90’s!

  34. September 18, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Mary, your tablescape is absolutely stunning! Thank you for providing the floral table runner tutorial. I love how it’s eco friendly and doubles as favors for guests. I’m crazy for the plaid tablecloth and plates! The woodland friends are all adorable, but Margaret the Deer is my favorite. It’s always a pleasure hopping with you. Hope it cools down for you soon!

  35. Brenda
    September 18, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  36. Shirley Cumbie Wood
    September 18, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    I just fell in love with your centerpiece. Thank you for that wonderful tutorial too! Your table would make anyone feel welcome and linger longer at the table. I really like the Woodland creates and those plaid dishes. Your Fall feels are all there and it is stunning.

  37. September 19, 2019 at 11:16 am

    What a beautiful Fall tablescape!!! LOVE so many of your touches….the chargers are so unique such a WOW start to building the rest of your beautiful placesetting. LOVE the idea of using the plastic containers and chicken wire for your beautiful floral scape.

  38. September 19, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Mary, your floral arrangement is so beautiful. Looks professional. Thank you for the idea and instructions using chicken wire for arranging flowers. Brilliant. The plaid tablecloth is a great background for your darling animal dishes. Beautiful table.

  39. amberlyonferguson2017
    September 20, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Oh Mary this is so fabulous! I am mad for plaid so I am loving the plaid tablecloth chargers. Your centerpiece is amazing and thank you so much for sharing the how to step by step.

    The little woodland friends are adorable!

    So happy to join this fall tablescape with you! Have a great weekend!

  40. September 22, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Your table…it’s beautiful! Thank you for the diy for the centerpiece (pinned) Your table welcomes autumn with beautiful hues and the woodland friend’s dishware is adorable. I love it all and fresh flowers centerpiece is just so memorable. What can I say? I love it all I pinned and it’s a pleasure to be on the hop with you. Hugs!

  41. Linda
    August 25, 2020 at 11:24 am

    Love, love, love! This tablescape is amazing! You are amazing Mary. Thanks for inspiring me once again during my favorite time of year….beautiful Autumn.

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