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Harvested beauty

Gatherings of fall favorites to draw customers into your department.

These three design ideas are perfect for letting your shoppers know autumn is in the air in your corner of the store, whether there happens to be a chill outside or not. With a bit of creativity, gourds—either fresh or permanent—can be fashioned into great seasonal containers and accents. Take a look at the following design ideas and follow our how-to directions, or modify these ideas to fit your clientele even better!

 
HOW-TO:
Insert three wood picks into the bottom of a permanent gourd, and place the gourd into floral foam in a weathered pot. Arrange fresh flowers around the edge of the pot.

MATERIALS:
Permanent gourds from Natural Decorations, Inc. (NDI); wood picks from W.J. Cowee; Sedum , chinaberries, Rudbeckia, statice, floral foam and weathered rose pots from favorite suppliers.

 



 

HOW-TO:
Cut off the top of a carvable permanent pumpkin, and place floral foam into the new “container.” Arrange flowers and grasses, and attach a wood pick to the top of the pumpkin lid so it can be placed into the design. A fresh pumpkin could also be used for this design.

MATERIALS:
Carvable pumpkin from Hernando Moss, Inc.; roses, safflowers, yarrow, wild grasses and floral foam from favorite suppliers.

 



 

HOW-TO:
Bore a hole into each gourd with an apple corer, being careful to make the holes just large enough to contain large water tubes.

MATERIALS:
Glass tube vases from Andy Designs, Ltd.; gourds, crucifix orchids (Epidendrum), Chinese lantern lilies (Sandersonia) and miniature callas (Zantedeschia) from favorite suppliers.


 



 


 



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