The Great Pumpkin: A Fall Centerpiece Tutorial

How to Make a Pumpkin Centerpiece

Even though Halloween is now behind us, I’m betting there are a few of us with pumpkins still on our front porches. Anyone, anyone?

Yeah, I thought so.

Well, worry not. I have a great way to give Jack a new lease on life – turn him into a vase for a flower arrangement! A pumpkin centerpiece would be the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving tablescape or a sweet hostess gift for a party. I recently made this one for a fall wedding shower I co-hosted and it was really quite simple. Here’s a quick tutorial showing exactly how I did it:

Supplies for a Pumpkin Flower Arrangement

Step 1: Gather supplies. You’ll need the following:

  • Small-ish Pumpkin
  • 1-2 Bouquets of Flowers (I used tulips and gerbera daisies)
  • Floral Foam (soaked in water for 30 minutes)
  • Small Container to Hold Flowers
  • Petroleum Jelly (or other pumpkin preservative)
  • Knife
  • Ice Cream Scoop
  • Assortment of Twigs, Leaves and Berries (gathered from my backyard!)

Step 2: Carve out the pumpkin guts. An ice cream scoop makes removing all the slimy stuff a little easier.

Step 3: Coat the inside of the pumpkin with a thin layer of petroleum jelly. This serves as a preservative and will help the arrangement last longer.

Step 4: Insert the floral foam into a small container filled with water; place inside pumpkin.

Step 5: Base Flowers

Step 5: Begin adding the “base” flowers.

Step 6: Filler Flowers

Step 6: Fill in the gaps with larger flowers.

Step 7: Forage around outside for twigs, berries and leaves to complete your arrangement.

Step 8: Admire your creation!

Step 8: Stand back and admire your amazing creation!


Pumpkin Floral Arrangement

For even more ideas, check out these examples that really put my little centerpiece to shame. Leave it to Martha!
Pumpkin Flower Arrangements

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  1. […] brown and orange. Use pieces of the nature in your centerpieces, too. Check out Design Finch for a tutorial for do-it-yourselfers on turning a pumpkin into a vase or you can buy your floral arraignments with […]


  1. DanaNo Gravatar

    Very pretty!! Thanks for the step-by-step instructions. I’m going to make this for our Thanksgiving table. While Bart’s stuffing & baking, I’ll be playing with flowers. :)

    Posted November 6, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Permalink
  2. Ooooh! Love it Shayla! I always wanted to make one. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Posted November 7, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Permalink
  3. Adorable! I have several on porch and should try this!!

    Posted November 10, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

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