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DIY Fall Themed Centerpiece with Lights

Fall Floral Arrangement with Lights

Apothecary jars are so versatile, I have several of them in various sizes and use them often.  There is still a jar filled with various dry goods in different fall colours from a few years ago but as lights are my theme for this fall it wasn’t what I had in mind. Rummaging around in the storage room I choose a globe shaped apothecary jar because it reminds me of a pumpkin.

When apothecary jars first became popular I would light them up with string lights and add artificial snow to the bottom.  Unfortunately, it was nearly impossible to hide the string up the back of the jar and then plug it into the wall behind furniture.  I did my best with tall backgrounds and cloth runners but you had to just pretend the light string wasn’t showing.  They were pretty but the strings were a real drawback.

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I was absolutely gleeful when the battery operated lights came out, no long heavy light strings to hide but now we have the battery pack to contend with.  Its really simple to hide the battery pack by burying it in artificial snow or some sort of rock, marble or grain.   The problem is finding the battery pack to turn off the lights;  its really difficult to dig around looking for that teeny off switch and keep your arrangement intact.

At the same time a clear container is perfect for highlighting the lights, but of course everything in the clear globe is visible.

I found a way around that.


Large apothecary jar

Battery operated fairy lights

Small branches

Florists wire

Large orange flower

Small teal flowers

Long thin teal florals

Filling the Globe

Before you start make sure you have well charged batteries in the battery pack.  Remove all tags from the flowers and lights.  I won’t admit it, but theoretically, you could complete your entire arrangement and only then notice a price tag.

Place small branches around the inside of the bowl.  If you have any little bits that break off, flip the bowl over and gently shake them out.

Choose whatever flower you want to be the central flower of your arrangement.    Judge what length you need it to be and trim the flower accordingly.  Do the same with a small branch.

The branch will support the flower stem, wrap them together using florists wire.  Take the battery pack and snuggle it in underneath the flower.  Wrap the battery pack tightly with florists wire so it stays just under the flower.  Set aside.

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Wrap some of the lights into a circle and place in the bottom of the glass globe,  make another circle of lights on top of the branches. Leave the remaining lights to hang outside of the globe.

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The Flower Arrangement

Place three orange flowers around the central flower.a

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Next, add smaller teal flowers between each of the large orange flowers.

Weave the remaining lights through the flowers.

Add hanging blue flowers around the edge of the globe so that they cascade down.

Finally, add some small branches on the top to tie in with the ones in the globe.

A fall centerpiece made with orange and blue florals, brown twigs and coloured fairy lights.

Our kitchen is still in disarray so this little arrangement well be hidden upstairs until everything is back together.  I love the look of the lights inside the globe it is going to be so pretty in the darker evenings.  What do you think, I would love your feedback.

A DIY fall centerpiece in teal and orange with pretty fairy lights brightening the clear glass globe vase.

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  1. What a lovely idea! Your centerpiece is beautiful, perfect for the darker evenings with the lovely fairy lights. Thank you so much for sharing and for being part of Th eHearth and Soul Link Party. I’ll be featuring this post at the party tomorrow.

  2. I like how you used the fish bowl/vase in a different way. I’ve been playing around with tiny lights for several years now. Once when coming back from a pole vaulting trip to Reno, Nevada, my hubby and son and I stopped at Cabela’s just outside of Reno and I found some branches with lights on them. Loved them so brought them home!

    Saved your arrangement to my Ethereal Lighting and Decorating boards on Pinterest ~ really pretty! <3

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Your branches would look gorgeous is this type of arrangement.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Its very simple, I am sure you will like how yours turns out.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Carol. It was funny how it happened I was looking at my assortment of jars and thought the round one reminded me of a pumpkin. Thank you very much for commenting.

  3. Very pretty! I pinned it to my ‘Flowers arrangements’ board :).

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you for the pin, I really appreciate it.

  4. Gentle Joy Photography says:

    What an appealing centerpiece! Very nice. 🙂

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you very much I am very pleased with how it turned out.

  5. What a brilliant idea Leanna, this totally works for me. It looks so much better when you can’t see the battery pack and it’s easy to get to the switch as well. It must look lovely when it’s all lit up at night

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      It is nice with the fall lights and I find I am actually turning the lights of because I can easily find the switch.

  6. This is so pretty! I love the way you layered the elements, as well as the combination of colors that you chose for early fall.
    Carol (“Mimi”) from Home with Mimi

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Mimi. I like orange and teal together. They are both vibrant but not gaudy tones. Glad you like the arrangement.

  7. I love little lights everywhere in fall and winter especially and in jars they are so pretty. You are so clever to hide the ugly battery box in the flowers, that is a brilliant idea and easy to push that little button! Lovely centerpiece!!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Katrin. The new battery lights are certainly a nice upgrade from the old plug in ones. I am hoping to use light throughout my fall decor so I need to come up with various ways to hide those packs. I appreciate the comment.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      The days here are already getting noticeably shorter, I am not ready for it yet but like you said it is pretty in the evening.

  8. Such a cute centerpiece! I love those tiny lights!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Emy. This is the first year I saw the colored battery packs. These ones are from Pier One and a bit of a splurge but I luv them.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Susan. I haven’t done my fall decorating yet holding on to the end of summer. This little arrangement will likely stay on the table because its easy to take on and off of the busy table.
      Thank you for your comment.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you for the pin. I am really enjoying thinking of ways to work lights into my fall decor elements.

  9. You must have read my mind somehow Leanna lol- I have been brainstorming all week on how I can make a display without showing the cord! Will definitely be using this for my holiday decor, thank you!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Right on Randi. Those battery packs are a challenge and this way I found the switch easy to locate.

  10. This is so beautiful! I love the color combination. Thanks for the detailed tutorial. With these instructions I could make one too.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Tuula. Teal is bit harder to find than the lighter blues and greens, but I like the colour contrast with the orange.

  11. Really cute idea, Leanna. Are your mini lights fall leaves? They are adorable!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Yes the lights are a little set of fall leaves. I also have some larger acorn ones, but these tiny ones work better in the small arrangement. Glad you like it.

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