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:
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)
- 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: Begin adding the “base” 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: Stand back and admire your amazing creation!