Embrace all that fall has to offer and the natural materials are available in abundance this time of year by creating a beautiful centerpiece made from a combination of fresh and dried florals placed in a sculptural pumpkin. It's so easy to do, and it really elevates the look of flowers from just a nice touch to a full-blown centerpiece. Once you know how to do this, you'll find yourself applying the technique to pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. Plus, you can truly customize this project to suit your tastes and the supplies that you have on hand.
Equipment / Tools
- Pumpkin carving tools
- Large metal spoon
- Floral frog or floral wire
- Branches and other floral adornments (optional)
- Upholstery tacks (optional)
Choose a Pumpkin
When choosing your pumpkin, take advantage of all of the different colors and varieties that are available. For example, a modern arrangement would look nice with a crisp white pumpkin, while a vintage-inspired arrangement would look beautiful in a classic orange pumpkin. Don't forget, pumpkins come in shades of cream, green, and even blue.
Carve Out Your Pumpkin
This is just like carving a pumpkin for Halloween. Determine the size of the top opening based on the shape of your pumpkin and/or the size of your floral frog (which you will place inside), as well as the size of your arrangement. A squat pumpkin would benefit from a larger, shallower opening that stops a little way before the shape starts to curve, while a vertical, thin pumpkin may work with the whole top removed. Cut off the top with a carving knife, then use a large metal spoon to scoop out all the pumpkin insides.
To keep your pumpkin alive longer, spray the inside and outside with a mixture of 1 teaspoon of bleach to 1 quart water, and wipe it down.
Add a Frog
An easy trick to making a perfectly full and lush floral arrangement is to use a floral frog. You can also create a custom support structure with floral wire, which is ideal when you're dealing with a wide opening that makes the blossoms fall to the sides.
Create Your Arrangement
Place your flowers and dried pieces into your arrangement until you're satisfied with how it looks. Obviously, you don't want to go too crazy with adorning your pumpkin as it will eventually rot after all; however, it's fun to add custom touches to the top or body of your pumpkin. Using a carving tool, cut a scalloped edge at the top, adorn a thick gourd with extra upholstery tacks, or add pretty branches or berries.
To keep the arrangement fresher longer, make fresh cuts on the stems of your flowers and keep the water clean.