Wildly Structured

I originally did this DIY as a contributing post for another blog in the spring, but alas, it is no longer available. I think that it has a lovely feel for autumn, and wanted to share it with you. Even in autumn, these floral ingredients are all still available! I have always had a soft spot for olive branches - they remind me of Tuscany and the Mediterranean - both areas of the world that I love. This DIY is one that I would call a statement piece. I wanted to use a vessel with a bold color to compliment the muted palette of the flowers. The flower varieties lend a delicate but wildly structured (organized chaos) quality to this centerpiece. I hope that you’ll give it a try and enjoy doing so.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Flowers: olive branch, garden rose, hydrangea*, fritillaria, pokeweed, kangaroo paw

* I decided to add the hydrangea about halfway through this DIY for some additional texture Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Begin by placing the olive branches throughout the vase, making sure that you choose branches with the most olives and that they hang down from the vase - creating a nice contrast of color. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Continue by adding the pokeweed, fritillaria, and garden rose Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Continue with the remaining garden rose and kangaroo paw, and continue filling in with additional quantity of each variety. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

As I worked through this arrangement, I felt that it could use a touch of both the puffy texture and the beautiful light green that the hydrangea adds. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

The end result has an earthy and organic feel – wild, but structured. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com


Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Angie Cao