I have make plenty of arrangements with pumpkins, and made arrangements in artificial pumpkins, and on top of pumpkins, but I had never done the traditional using a pumpkin for a vase.
Selecting a pumpkin for a pumpkin centerpiece:
You will want to select a pumpkin that is wider than it is tall for a pumpkin centerpiece. This orange heirloom pumpkin I found at Trader Joe’s was just the right shape.
Cut the top of your pumpkin off. You don’t have to cut it off in one piece. Unlike a jack o’ lantern, you won’t be putting the top back on the pumpkin. Clean out the pumpkin like you would preparing to use it as a jack o’ lantern.
Select a bowl or any waterproof container that will fit into your pumpkin. Fill the bowl with wet floral foam. Use waterproof floral tape to secure the wet floral foam in your container so it does not slide around.
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Set your floral foam filled container into your pumpkin, trimming it as necessary to hold your bowl securely. NEXT, use the waterproof tape to secure the bowl in the pumpkin so it does not wiggle around as you build up your arrangement. At the end of your pieces of tape on the pumpkin add an additional cross piece. To make sure your tape sticks securely, clean where you will attach the tape with rubbing alcohol.
Use some large leaves or full foliage around the edge for a base and to cover the tape. I used foraged sycamore leaves around my base.
Prepare a candle to add to your centerpiece. Use wooden skewers and more of that waterproof floral tape. You want to keep the candle raised up as shown below so there is room to add your flowers beneath the candle.
Add some additional foliage. Once again, I chose foraged magnolia leaves and added those.
Next it ist time to start adding pretty fall florals. I used a variety of fall chrysanthemums, alstroemeria and some dried lotus pods
You can personalize this arrangement to your liking, consider making this arrangement with all one kind of flower or only dried flowers as alternatives. I ALWAYS say, if you don’t like the way something you have made turned out, take it apart and start over again! Creating is YOUR process! Have fun!
This will make the prettiest centerpiece for any fall table, but I am planning on making another one of these for my Thanksgiving centerpiece! Won’t this make for a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape!!
Supplies for making your pumpkin centerpiece:
Fresh pumpkin – wash it in a solution of one tablespoon of bleach to one quart of water. To keep the inside fresh longer you can spray bleach on the insides. Use rubbing alcohol to clean the spots where you will attach the floral tape.
Waterproof floral tape – Amazon
Fall pillar candle – Amazon
Wooden skewers – Amazon
Dried lotus pods – Amazon