Embrace all that fall has to offer—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 the supplies that you have on hand. Here's how to make your own!
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
Choosing your pumpkin 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 classic orange pumpkin. Don't forget, there are also shades of cream, green, and even blue varieties.
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 lower, shallower pumpkin would benefit from a larger, shallower opening that stops a little way before the shape starts to curve, while a more vertical, small-topped pumpkin may work with the whole top removed. Cut off the top with pumpkin 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 can be ideal when you're dealing with a wide opening where everything wants to 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, 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.
To keep the arrangement fresher longer, be sure to make fresh cuts on the stems of your flowers and keep the water clean.