Create a late summer DIY centerpiece using a thrifted wood crate and a combination of flowers and greenery. I like to transition my décor from summer to fall by replacing the bright and colorful summer décor pieces with more muted colors.
I won’t bring out the pumpkins until the first of September, but for August I enjoy having some pieces that work well for late summer with softer tones.
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Do you transition from summer to fall décor in steps? Changing out a few pieces during August is a great way to that. To keep it budget friendly, try re-working the look of pieces you already have.
DIY Centerpiece for Late Summer Table Decor
If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you might have seen my Spring Farmhouse Floral Box DIY that I put together using a thrift store find wooden crate.
The crate was painted using a combination of blended white and gray paint for a farmhouse look.
As I’m transitioning to more muted tones for late summer and early fall, I decided to use the crate again. This time, I added a strip of gray and white ribbon around the crate. It’s attached in the back using a small dot of hot glue. It will be easy to remove if I want to use this for another seasonal piece.
Instead of using the metal pails that I had in it for the spring piece, I used floral foam this time. I wanted the greenery that I’m using to spill out over the ends of the crate.
I didn’t need to buy any new florals to put together this late summer centerpiece. I looked through my flowers and found a bouquet that has a hint of golden yellow to it, along with other greenery that has a bit of yellowish gold. I often use a combination of dollar store florals with craft store florals to save on the cost.
The two greenery stems are placed to have the stems meet in the middle of the crate, allowing each of them to spill over the edge of the crate.
The next layer has two lamb’s ear stems. These are inserted into the foam in front of the other greenery, a little more upright.
I used floral wire cutters to separate the flowers and inserted the individual stems into the floral foam, balancing the placement.
Finally, I added in the leaves that were cut from the flowers to fill in any blank spots and to make the centerpiece look full.
I love the final look of the piece. Using golds and greens works beautifully for late summer decor to me. I’m using this on our breakfast nook table and I’ll be sharing the completed tablescape soon.
My best tips for inexpensive seasonal floral decor:
- Start with a thrift store find base.
- Remake craft items you’ve used before.
- Give the item a fresh coat of paint in a different color or add embellishments like ribbon for a different look.
- Mix dollar store flowers with craft store flowers.
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Late Summer Floral Centerpiece
Supply List for DIY Late Summer Table Decor
- Thrift Store Find Wooden Crate
- Paint and Brushes
- Hot Glue
- Floral Foam
- Assorted Greenery and Floral Stems
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