Mum's are a traditional and abundant part of Autumn. Decorating with them indoors and out brings color, texture and a definite splash of Fall. These seasonal blooms are such a terrific buy. And they keep on giving. When their flowers are spent, they can be replanted in your garden for years of floral picking!

But let's be honest... a mum in it's plastic container can look a little dowdy!

I say, "Give mums a little embellished makeover"! They are so pretty and festive, let's just make them up a notch! Help them be all they can be... and more!

Think Outside The Pot!

Don't let that ugly black pot be part of your fall decor. Hide it, cover it or... if all else fails replant the mum!

Use a big bowl that goes with your decor. Just put the whole pot in a prettier container!

 Use an unexpected container, such as this silver champagne bucket or a soup tureen . An old basket works well too! Look around your house for a container to repurpose!

Transplant a mum in a big planter or urn. A mum will only last about a month so you are not committing your container for the long term.

Cover an unsightly container with burlap.

Hiding a pot with a vertical row of pretty Indian Corn is very festive. Put a rubber band around a container and slip ears of Indian Corn under the rubber band all the way around the container. Cut the husks to an appropriate height, fluff and add a beautiful bow!

Top It Off!

Don't worry that the ugly black container is  larger for your container. Hide the rim top of the container by adding a grape vine wreath over it.

Spanish moss, straw and reindeer moss also work wonderfully to hide a plastic pot while adding a little softness to the arrangement.

Adding pumpkins, gourds and leaves around the base of a mum gives a look of Autumn bounty!

Bling It On!

Add a little more interest by adding bits of this and that to the mum. Picks of berries and acorns work well with the Autumnal theme.

Add a big bow in a gorgeous color. Talk about a big statement! This luscious ribbon came on a giveaway gift from Decor To Adore (show and tell on Foodie Friday post). Click HERE to visit this very beautiful and inspiring blog!

Gilded fruits and squashes also add a lovely touch.

Include natural elements too! Don't forget the leaves! This is after all FALL!

Take It To New Heights

Adding "sticks and twigs" to the center of an arrangement adds great height and interest.
I keep a collection of natural elements in a plastic kitchen trash can in the garage, ready for use at all times!

Just a side note: No spray paint on my brass in my dining room!!!! These candlesticks and lamps( not shown) are from Japan. My father brought them back after a military tour over 50 years ago. They have beenn passed down to me. They are irreplaceable in quality and sentiment.

The humble and long lasting mum can be elevated from boring to the center of attention!

Make some of your own MUM MAGIC!

I am participating in Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters. These idea could be used to make a beautiful centerpiece!! Please check out all of the creative and fabulous fall centerpieces!!!!!


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