Fall Cabbage Centerpiece – Step by Step Tutorial

Autumn arrangments are easy and fun to design. The season offers rich colors and ornamental vegetables, making this an easy DIY project for your Fall table. 

My inspiration for this centerpiece comes from the beautiful ornamental cabbages that the season brings.

fJlCJKMXS2eep0T52J39TgThe rich purple and green color of the wide leaves makes this an impressive decor element for a Fall centerpiece. Today I will show you how to make a beautiful centerpiece for your table, these cabbages can be used outdoors as well.

fullsizeoutput_8c0aI purchased this basket from a flea market with the intent of filling it with all kinds of Fall goodies. You can find a similar basket HERE, HERE and HERE. The basket has a weathered look to it, as it had been outside for some time before I brought it home.

I took my empty basket to our local nursery and searched for Fall foliage to use in my arrangement. It’s a good idea to take the basket with you when shopping for plants, so you appropriately fill out the basket, based on its size. It also allows you to play around with different plants to see what the arrangement will look like when the basket is full.

When I got to our nursery, a very nice gentleman who works there showed me all my options. He pointed out the ornamental cabbages, mums, peppers, and small ornamental plants that were tucked in the back of the nursery that are often overlooked. I recommend asking for help when you go to your nursery, for suggestions and ideas.

These are the plants I ended up buying for my centerpiece:

  • 1 large ornamental cabbage
  • 2 small ornamental cabbages of different shapes
  • 1 small kale
  • 2 small snap dragon plants, (1 deep pink and 1 yellow)
  • 2 dusty miller plants
  • 3 small ornamental pepper plants

Additional items to add that you may have laying around the house, (but not necessary) are:

  • small white or orange pumpkins
  • grapes
  • herbs such as basil, parsley, cilantro, and rosemary
  • mums

fullsizeoutput_8b40Going to the nursery early in the season ensures you get first pick of the harvest. I had a great selection when I went – items were just arriving to the nursery.

SFr4lwJSQwqgg%i4IvnE1AThe basket I am using is fairly large so it requires more plants, a smaller basket would require fewer plants. Make sure your basket is deep enough to hold the plants and the basket is slightly taller or roughly the same height as the pots.

fullsizeoutput_8b42I choose rich colored snap dragons in deep pink and yellow. They add a beautiful burst of color to the arrangement.

fullsizeoutput_8b3eThe focal point of the centerpiece is one large ornamental cabbage.

8vYmlPNdScyEq5OywpBA2wI started by lining the basket with plastic, I used a trash bag and tucked in the corners when the arrangement was complete.

tLaPynhTTJuaSIl%rbysAgStarting with the largest plant, the main focal point, I placed it towards the edge of the basket, not in the middle (even though it looks like that in the picture).

Akoi2H9MTjGYqksAUApyWQNext, I added the smaller 2 cabbages and kale, in a triangular pattern, along the edges of the basket.

FGeNlWfMQgOraZ839GDuaADepending on the height of your basket and the height of the plants, you may need to raise them up a bit. Use a cup, small box or other item to give your smaller plants some height.

KtZKpH+eRKKymjenM62EqAAfter the cabbages and kale were placed in the basket, I added the snap dragons.

6j3e6DCAT%iCHOJT6ELpEQFit the plants in tightly to the basket. The fuller the arrangement, the better it will look.

RpDsDvJvTOiHxVSkdA+lTQIntersperse the 3 red pepper plants into the basket, filling in gaps.

hV7G9NOIQECQj4W1M4CKKAThe shorter plants can be stacked on the rims of the other plants, filling in gaps like I did with these dusty miller plants.

BuvWHX8BQe+wesng2+mUwgContinue adding all plants focusing on filling gaps.

fullsizeoutput_8b55The centerpiece looks beautiful!

fullsizeoutput_8b48I love the basket on the kitchen island, it really brightens the room.

fullsizeoutput_8c19I added a white pumpkin to fill in a small gap.

fullsizeoutput_8b96If you have herbs in the kitchen that you use regularly, add them to your arrangement. You can substitute another plant for the herbs or add them in addition to the others. I added a basil plant to this centerpiece and tucked in mini pumpkins and dangling grapes.

fullsizeoutput_8bcaI am using the arrangement in my dining room, on the sideboard. It adds a real feeling of Fall to the space and looks stunning. You can read more about the tablescape I created for the Dining Room HERE.

For more Fall decor inspiration, check out these posts.

Easy Money Saving Tips to Add Fall Touches to Your Home

How to Easily Transition From Summer to Fall Decor in 2018

How to Make a Flower “Pumpkin” Centerpiece in 5 Minutes

Fall “White Pumpkin” Tablescape

I’m so happy you stopped by and I hope you are inspired to create a Fall centerpiece for your Home. Tag me on Instagram HERE if you create a Fall Cabbage Centerpiece with ideas from this post. I’d love to see your arrangement!

You can also follow along on Pinterest HERE, and Twitter HERE and feel free to pin and tweet your favorite pics from Happy Haute Home



10 thoughts on “Fall Cabbage Centerpiece – Step by Step Tutorial

  1. That’s a beautiful arrangement, Denise. You left the plants in their pots – is it hard to water them individually? Do you keep adding grapes when they go bad (or someone eats them)?

    1. Hi Donna, thank you! It does take a little longer to water since they are individual pots, but so far it hasn’t been a problem. The grapes were more of a decorative element I would only use for a special event, not everyday. As you said, they won’t last…I have already eaten all the ones in the picture!!! LOL

  2. Such a fabulous idea, dear Denise! I love that it is a living arrangement…and unlike bouquets, it will not wilt. Thank you for sharing how you created it! I can’t wait to try something like it! <3 <3

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you like it, so many options at this time of year, with all the natural Fall elements available.

    1. Hi Kim, so glad you like it! Fall is such a beautiful time of year, so much available to make a gorgeous centerpiece.

Leave a Reply