A Pumpkin Vase Centerpiece

Create a Pumpkin Vase Centerpiece

If you’re looking for Thanksgiving centerpiece

for your table or buffet,

use your pumpkin as a vase for your table.

Start by soaking some Oasis or florist foam in water, a minimum of 30 minutes is best. Oasis foam is easy to penetrate with delicate stems and will hold the water that is needed to help keep your arrangement fresher for an extended period of time.

 Cut your pumpkin lid off & remove seeds and scrape to make room for soaked foam. You don’t have to be super neat with the inside. I lined the pumpkin with a few plastic bags to keep any additional water from the oasis away from the bottom of the pumpkin to keep it a little drier & help it last longer.  My foam is wedged in tightly, so I didn’t need to use floral tape to hold the foam in place.

Search for leaves, foliage, berries~ anything that has great color or form. I cut some Sweetgum leaves/branches as the base structure. I added apples on florist picks next (you could use sturdy twigs if you don’t have picks).

Add your next largest flower~ in this case, I found roses that were a great color and price at Super Target, but normally I go to Trader Joe’s for great flower selection. I added mums next, then filled in with bits of leaves and shrubbery clippings for filler.

If you make your centerpiece a couple of days in advance, keep it out of direct sunlight and preferably some place cool like a garage or porch to slow down the evaporation process and keep your flowers looking fresh.

You can find my Thanksgiving table with centerpiece here.


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  23 comments for “A Pumpkin Vase Centerpiece

  1. November 14, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    This is a lovely centerpiece. I’ve always wanted to use a pumpkin for a container, but I’ve never done it. I love the name of your blog!

  2. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    November 14, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    It’s just beautiful, every element enhances the next, truly perfect-enjoy:@)

  3. November 14, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Just gorgeous! Great way to recycle the pumpkin!

  4. November 14, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Beautiful, Mary!! I am head over heels for that color of roses…wish I had a dress that shade. I must try to find a bush that blooms like that.

    I enjoyed watching your video. Very skillful.

  5. November 14, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    This is gorgeous Mary!
    Thanks so much for the slideshow and link.

  6. November 14, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    isn’t that gorgeous! it looks just like my tday table, all picked fresh from the garden, except the pumpkin~ i love that extra touch, so pretty! the roses are such a pretty color… it must smell fabulous!

    love your slide show girl, you are turning pro! it is so pretty outside, i want MORE!

  7. November 14, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Gorgeous color of roses and absolutely perfect for a Thanksgiving table. Your entire arrangement is glorious. I like the idea of using the pumpkin as the vase. All your recent videos have been great!

  8. November 14, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    So beautiful and very expensive looking. Wish I had one!

  9. November 15, 2010 at 1:51 am

    great idea, your bouquet looks so equisite, I love the arrangements!

  10. November 15, 2010 at 3:35 am

    What a terrific idea! I just love what you did with this arrangement Mary!

    It is truly beautiful!!

  11. November 15, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Stunning flower arrangement. I love the color of those roses. I have used them before in Fall arrangements but can’t think of the name of them. I also like the idea of using a fresh pumpkin as your container.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

  12. November 15, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I did this a few years ago with my daughter’s NCL group but your results are way more beautiful with the natural Autumn leaves combined with the tinted roses. I reeeaaally liked your arrangement. It’s gorgeous!

    Loved the plaid table cloth, the stemmed goblets and the entire Autumn colored theme. I am so loving the Autumn/Thanksgiving color scheme. I’ve seen some Christmas decorations already but I think Thanksgiving belongs to Autumn. (The day after….ok -the pointsettias get planted).

  13. Pondside
    November 16, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Just beautiful. I wish I’d known about this for our Thanksgiving last month. The things I’ll have to remember for next year………….

  14. November 21, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Beautiful! The centerpiece is lovely and those colors, just beautiful!

  15. November 21, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    The colours of the blossoms are oustanding with the pumpkin!

  16. November 21, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving! What a beautiful centerpiece for your table.

  17. Ellen
    November 21, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    What a fun idea! Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  18. November 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    That arrangement is just PERFECT! …and the photos are lovely too….

  19. November 21, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    A spectacular arrangement. Very full and colourful.

  20. November 21, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    I love this!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!!

  21. Vee
    November 21, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    That is so beautiful! I wish that I had more to work with here besides fir tips.

  22. November 22, 2010 at 6:14 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! You are so talented! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  23. November 24, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Omigosh, that is GORGEOUS!!! Thanks so much for sharing your talent at MM. :) Happy Thanksgiving!

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