Wow your guests with an elegant fall centerpiece utilizing a real heirloom pumpkin and seasonal fresh florals that only takes minutes to create.
With pumpkin season in full swing, I find myself drawn to the boxes and boxes of fresh heirloom pumpkins at our local supermarket & farmer’s market. I can’t resist grabbing one or two each time I head to the store. The types, varieties, colors, and textures of heirloom pumpkins are vast & endless. Which makes shopping for them so incredibly fun!
Heirloom pumpkins are full of character and are beautiful all on their own whether they are grouped together at a front entrance, lining a staircase, or stacked on top of each other on a counter or table.
Today, I am sharing with you another way to utilize a real heirloom pumpkin to create an elegant centerpiece for an autumn gathering or for a Thanksgiving table.
Your guests will think you spent hours putting this centerpiece together, but it will only take you minutes!
Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece Supplies
These are the supplies I used, however the flowers and pumpkin can easily be swapped or changed for what is readily available in your area.
- 10″ Round Musquee de Provence Heirloom Pumpkin
- Glass or Plastic Vessel (Something to hold the flowers inside the pumpkin.)
- Clear Tape
- Sharp Carving Knife
- White Roses
- Golden Rod
- Droopy Fall Accent Flower
Creating an Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece
Starting the Centerpiece
To start your pumpkin centerpiece, you will want to find a vessel that will easily fit inside your pumpkin. I had this glass bowl which was the perfect width and height for our pumpkin.
Trace the widest part of the bowl around the top of the pumpkin with a sharpie. With a sharp knife, cut out the outline of the bowl on the pumpkin. Remove the top of pumpkin and all of the seeds from inside of the pumpkin, discard.
Create a grid on top of the vessel with clear tape (see photo). This will help to keep the flowers in place when creating the arrangement. Place vessel inside the pumpkin, and carefully add water to the vessel.
Adding the Flowers to the Centerpiece
Now the fun part, adding the flowers to the centerpiece!
Full disclaimer…I am no flower arranging expert! I like to start my arrangements by adding a few of the larger flowers in groups, and then adding in the smaller “filler” flowers around the larger flowers as I go.
Here is another view of how I began the arrangement in this pumpkin centerpiece. The flowers around the outside of the centerpiece should be shorter with longer flower stems toward the middle of the arrangement for height.
Continue adding flowers around the arrangement until vessel is completely filled in. I like to save the droopy stems like eucalyptus until the very end and add those to the outer edges of the arrangement.
Finishing the Centerpiece
Don’t worry if the flowers in your pumpkin centerpiece do not look “perfect”! There is no right or wrong way when arranging flowers. A beautiful centerpiece should look natural, organic, and free flowing.
Turn your pumpkin around and look at it from several different angles. If something looks bare, add in a few more stems. If something looks off, take out a few stems and adjust until you achieve your desired look.
The important thing to remember is to have fun creating a fall pumpkin centerpiece for your home!
How to Style an Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece
I placed our heirloom pumpkin centerpiece on a wood slice right on our kitchen island for our fall home tour. You can view our recent fall home tour, by clicking here.
I love the simple, organic beauty of the pumpkin on the wood slice.
This pumpkin centerpiece would be the perfect addition to any fall tablescape. I created a pumpkin centerpiece last year for a fall tablescape in which I added candles and smaller white pumpkins around the heirloom pumpkin centerpiece.
How long will a heirloom pumpkin centerpiece last?
Since this centerpiece is made with a real pumpkin and fresh flowers, your centerpiece will last anywhere from 3-5 days. Here are a few suggestions to getting the longest life out of your centerpiece.
- Make sure there is no foliage in the water. Remove all leaves and any foliage from the stems that may be at water level.
- Start with a clean vessel.
- Cut the stems at an angle.
- Keep centerpiece cool.
- Refresh the water daily.
- Remove any dead or dying stems to keep centerpiece fresh.
Other Pumpkin Centerpiece Ideas
I love this pumpkin centerpiece with a faux pumpkin & florals from Liz Marie Blog.
This gorgeous pumpkin centerpiece was made with fresh florals along with a faux pumpkin from Sanctuary Home Décor.
The Crowned Goat shares a quick & easy heirloom pumpkin centerpiece using a dough bowl & pumpkins.
I recently shared a decoupage pumpkin using napkins that would make a great centerpiece too!
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