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Embrace all that fall has to offer—seriously, natural materials are available in abundance this time of year—by creating a beautiful centerpiece made from a combo 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 what you have on hand. Here's how to make your own!Continue to 2 of 5 below.
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Gather Your Supplies
Here's what you'll need:
- A pumpkin
- Carving knife/ pumpkin carving tools
- A large metal spoon
- Floral frog
- Floral wire (if you don't want to buy a floral frog)
It's worth noting that choosing your pumpkin type is important. Take advantage of all of the different colors and types that are available. For example, a more modern arrangement would look nice with a crisp white pumpkin, while something a little more vintage-inspired would look beautiful in a deep orange colored pumpkin. Don't forget, there are also shades of cream, greens, and even blue varieties. Take advantage!Continue to 3 of 5 below.
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Carve Out Your Pumpkin
This is easy, how many times have you carved a pumpkin? It's basically the same thing. Depending on the shape of your pumpkin, cut an opening that will be large enough to make your arrangement. A lower, shallower pumpkin would benefit from a larger, shallower opening that stops a little ways before the shape starts to curve, while a more vertical, small topped pumpkin can take usually work with the whole top removed. Once the top is off, use a large metal spoon to scoop out all the pumpkin insides. Optional: To keep your pumpkin alive longer, it helps to spray the inside and outside with a mixture of a teaspoon of bleach to every one quart water and wipe down.Continue to 4 of 5 below.
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Add Any Details
Obviously you don't want to go too crazy with adorning your pumpkin, it will eventually rot after all. But it's fun to add little custom touches to the top or body of your pumpkin. Using a carving tool, cut a scalloped edge at the top or adorn a thick gourd with extra upholstery tacks. Or just add pretty branches or berries! All of these techniques are easy and pretty quick but add that extra touch to the final product.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Create Your Arrangement
Here's the secret to making a perfectly full and lush floral arrangement—a floral frog. That or some kind of internal structure that you can work flowers into, especially if you're dealing with a wide opening where everything wants to fall to the sides. Place your flowers and dried pieces into your arrangement until you're satisfied with how it looks and you're done! To keep the arrangement fresher longer, be sure to freshly cut the stems of your flowers and keep the water clean.