Creating a Pumpkin Vase Centerpiece for Thanksgiving

Create a Pumpkin Vase Centerpiece

I always enjoy using pumpkins and gourds as a seasonal centerpiece for Thanksgiving. If there’s no room at the dining table with the Thanksgiving feast, it’s a pretty way to dress a sideboard, kitchen island, or foyer table.


Like everyone else, I’ve been busy harvesting recipes and table ideas with Thanksgiving a few weeks away.


To create a pumpkin vase centerpiece, I always start with wet floral foam, soaked in water for 30 minutes. You can skip the wet foam and insert a bowl or plastic container in your pumpkin to hold water and flowers instead, but the wet foam helps to anchor heavier elements~ apples, artichokes, mini pumpkins, that can be added with floral picks.

Pumpkin Vase Centerpiece

Cut your pumpkin and remove the insides and seeds. Next, I line 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, helping it last longer. If you wedge your foam in tightly, you won’t need floral tape to hold the foam in place.

You can make your centerpiece a couple of days in advance, keeping it out of direct sunlight and cool, to slow down the evaporation process. Misting them with a spray water bottle occasionally will help keep your flowers looking fresh.


Here a few centerpieces using pumpkins as vases from the archives, click on the links if you’d like a peek.

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving With a Touch of Blue

Thanksgiving Table


Thanksgiving Lakeside

A centerpiece with individual tiger stripe pumpkins for each place setting.

Harvesting, Reaping, & Sowing

Gathering Together for Thanksgiving


If you’re pressed for time you can gild your gourds and pumpkins with a little metallic craft paint and have them ready for the table in an hour!



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  20 comments for “Creating a Pumpkin Vase Centerpiece for Thanksgiving

  1. Peggy Thal
    November 11, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Such a pretty centerpiece! I love how you added artichokes , it makes it interesting.

  2. Cheryl
    November 11, 2013 at 7:36 am

    So wonderful Mary. I especially love the mini arrangements. Your table and arrangements are just beautiful.

  3. Bonbongirl
    November 11, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Never one to disappoint, each one of your creations is stunning! I also love the new table & chairs featured outside :)

  4. November 11, 2013 at 8:42 am

    I remember the little individual tiger pumpkin settings Mary-love them! Everything’s so pretty and festive, especially the warm colors in that throw in the first full setting:@)

  5. November 11, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Lovely centerpiece, my friend! I like the tiny ones at each place setting, too!

  6. November 11, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Mary, I’ve pinned several of these shots. I love the idea of the mini pumpkins w/ flowers at each setting as well as the wonderful layering of the placesetting.

  7. November 11, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Gorgeous! There is just nothing like the colors of fall for vivid beauty.

  8. November 11, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    so gorgeous, the autumn lights and lush colors soothe my ragged soul~

  9. November 11, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing your tips Mary, I haven’t ever attempted an arrangement in a pumpkin and have always admired yours…floral foam is often skipped in my impatient process, I must remember to use this valuable step~ the individual centerpieces are just beautiful, your guests are always in for a special treat or three!

  10. November 11, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    your arrangements are always so beautiful and unique. the artichokes are a wonderful addition!

  11. November 12, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Always the most beautiful show in blogland! Thanks for the tips… love the lightly gilded gourds!

  12. November 12, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Mary, Your tablescape is gorgeous and the centerpiece is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. Thanks for sharing your pretty table at the Open House party.

  13. November 12, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Love this idea, how beautiful and that plaid table cover is sensational. I love it. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me and don’t forget to link up to our Holiday Baking Party on the 20th. Hugs, Marty

  14. Katherine G
    November 14, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I saw one of your beautiful pumpkin centerpieces, and it inspired my own, but I used a pumpkin that had gone flat on one side, (highly discounted after Halloween I might add) and cut out the opening in the opposite side, leaving the stem intact.

  15. November 14, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Love the pumpkin centerpiece and the throw. Can’t take my off of these for a minute or two before I study your details. Your little pumpkin arrangements on each plate are gorgeous too. Love it all!!

  16. Carolyn
    November 17, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Mary, these center pieces are incredibly beautiful! I just want to caution everyone. I made one and placed it on my dining room table for 3 days and the pumpkin rotted and ruined the finish on a very expensive table. Completely my fault. I just wasn’t thinking and should have placed it on a plate.

  17. November 20, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    What a great collection of ideas! I might just try to make one this year…..

  18. November 16, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    I’ve never done a pumpkin centerpiece with flowers and I may do it this year. You are giving me the inspiration to give it a try. You make it look easy.
    All your tables look stunning as always.

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