Have you seen those beautiful pumpkin flower arrangements gracing catalogs and Pinterest this season? If you’re wondering how to get the look while creating a versatile pumpkin vase you can reuse every year, look no further! I’ve got all the tips you’ll need to whip up a lovely table centerpiece in just minutes.
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Fall Craft Blog Hop
Do you like fall crafting as much as I do? Well, you’re in luck! Today, my friends and I are sharing a variety of fall crafts and DIY projects as part of an autumn blog hop. Our theme is “There’s No Place Like Home,” and isn’t that the truth?
My lovely friend Rachelle from My Hubbard Home has organized a fabulous tour for you with 10 of my fellow lifestyle bloggers. If you’re here visiting from Karin’s Kottage, welcome to First Day of Home, and thanks for clicking over!
DIY Pumpkin Floral Arrangements
There’s just something about setting a Thanksgiving table with fresh flowers to greet your guests. Even a small inexpensive bouquet from the grocery store can add elegance to a tablescape.
The first time I saw a pumpkin used as a vase for a flower arrangement, I immediately fell in love!
Generally, I love mixing real and faux pumpkins indoors. However, I’m wary of using real ones on furniture ever since a pumpkin rotted on my dining room sideboard. Welp! (I’ve since disguised the stain enough to fool the eyes.)
In the tutorial below, I’ve opted to use a faux pumpkin vase, which offers many advantages over using the real deal:
- No messy carving…well, at least no pumpkin seeds or “innards” to deal with.
- No rotting or decay
- A budget-friendly, reusable container
Have I convinced you yet that faux is better? Read on for details on how to make a faux pumpkin look a little more authentic.
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How to Paint Faux Pumpkins
I recently shared in a tutorial on how to make white painted pumpkins to make them look more realistic (like the baby boo variety). Since I started with a white faux pumpkin for this flower arrangement, I only had to do a bit of shading in the creases.
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Tip: Before adding any paint, cut the top of the faux pumpkin to create the opening using a craft knife or Versa-Tool.
How to Make Fresh Flowers Last
For my arrangement, I found a lovely grocery store bouquet that included roses, carnations, daisies, sunflowers, lilies, and green dianthus. I love the vibrant fall colors, which are a nice contrast to the neutral fall centerpiece I shared a few weeks ago.
I hope to enjoy these blooms for another week or two by using a wet foam brick in my centerpiece.
As your arrangement dries out, you can add water to the floral foam or replace it with a fresh brick. Simply remove the flowers, then trim the stems again (always at a 45-degree angle), and reinsert the flowers.
Below is the step-by-step tutorial to get you started making your fall centerpiece!
- Fresh flowers
- Faux Pumpkin (approximately 9 inches)
- Wet floral foam
- Large (1 gallon) Ziplock bag or plastic food storage bag
- Acrylic paint (optional)
- Craft knife (X-acto or similar)
- Plastic container (large enough to fit floral foam piece)
- Paint brushes
- Cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin about 5 to 6 inches in diameter, centered around the stem. Set aside but keep for future use, if desired.
- Optional: Add texture to the faux pumpkin with acrylic paints, and let it dry about 20-30 minutes before proceeding. Blending a mix of Bark Brown and Camel acrylic paints (linked below) and Sheepskin chalk paint worked well to create shadows in the creases of the pumpkin.
- Cut the floral foam to fit the dimensions of the pumpkin vase.
- Soak the floral foam in a container filled with water for 2-3 minutes until saturated. You can add flower food to the water before soaking the foam.
- Place a Ziplock or plastic food storage bag inside the pumpkin. Then add the floral foam.
- Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle, and insert the stems into the foam one at a time. Start with the fullest stems, and place similar flowers at opposing angles around the vase.
- Water as needed.
You can also choose to use a real pumpkin (with all seeds and innards removed), or you can substitute faux flowers for real ones. If you use faux floral stems, replace the wet foam with dry foam (no soaking required).
Beware the faux pumpkins used in this tutorial are flammable. Do not expose to flames or heat.
Please exercise caution when using the craft knife. Adult supervision required.
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FolkArt Acrylic Paint in Assorted Colors (2 oz), 953, Camel
FolkArt Acrylic Paint in Assorted Colors (2 oz), 2560, Bark Brown
Fiskars 167110-1001 Heavy Duty Die Cast Craft Knife, 8 Inch,Orange
Pack of 6 Wet Floral Foam Bricks Green Styrofoam Blocks for Floral Arrangement by VEYLIN
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Continue Your Tour
I hope you enjoy adding a fresh flower arrangement to your fall decor this year. We have so much more inspiration waiting for you in the posts my friends are sharing below!
Next on your tour is Jenna from The Painted Apron. She’s sharing a fun gold bottle craft to add to your fall decorations.
|Autumn Blog Hop – “There’s No Place Like Home” – Crafts|
|Blue Sky At Home||Thistle Key Lane||Karin’s Kottage||First Day of Home|
|The Painted Apron||My Humble Home & Garden||My Hubbard Home||Mantel and Table|
|My Wee Abode||My Family Thyme||Celebrate and Decorate|