A Blooming Pumpkin from a Chick-fil-A Bouquet

DSC_9480-001

Flowers and pumpkins are two of my favorite things and I love to combine the two for a seasonal centerpiece for the table for fall or Thanksgiving!

Create a Pumpkin Vase Centerpiece DIY

You can find all these tables and method here:  Creating a Pumpkin Vase Centerpiece for Thanksgiving

DSC_9453-001

My BFF brought me a Chick-fil-A Bouquet of beautiful late-blooming roses from her garden. Too bad you can’t order one of these at the drive-thru and quench your thirst for flowers :)

DSC_9484-002

I added some snips of shrubs, leaves and filler flowers to make a quick and easy blooming pumpkin.

DSC_9496-001

I discovered a method from The Full Bouquet that uses a shortcut for making a pumpkin centerpiece. You add a piece of wet floral foam on top of your pumpkin, rather than it hollowing out to make a vase for your flowers.

Pumpkin Floral

If your pumpkin has a short stem, you can use the stem to anchor the wet foam in place. My pumpkin was stemless so I used some wet floral tape to secure it to the pumpkin. You can find wet foam and tape on the floral aisle at the craft store. I found a 2-pack of small round floral blocks at Dollar Tree, or you can cut your floral brick with a knife the size you need.

DSC_9544-001

This time-saving method provides the same effect of a pumpkin vase! You can easily replace your wet foam and flowers several times during the season and enjoy a new arrangement with little effort and your pumpkin will last all season since you don’t cut it.

DSC_9553-001

I used a gray pumpkin to pair with the pinks of the roses and cut some shrubs for filler~ Loropetalum with its purple tinted foliage and Kaleidoscope Abelia with blush pink-tinted tips and white bell-shaped flowers.

DSC_9538-001

I also added some white buds from some wildflowers (aka, weeds :) growing in my field next to my Potting Shed which I haven’t been able to identify, maybe Boneset, does anyone know? The stems are gray and the flowers grow in clusters.

DSC_9541-002

If you don’t have a Chick-fil-A Bouquet :) you can use any grocery store flowers to create a blooming pumpkin including long-lasting mums and Alstroemeria, along with fall leaves or goldenrod. Use floral picks to secure smaller pumpkins, apples or gourds to your foam.

DSC_9549-001

We’ve had some much-needed rain over the past week. We’re under a flood and wind advisory until Monday but I’m so glad to see the lake starting to fill up again.

DSC_9475-001

Hope you’re warm and dry this weekend!

create a pumpkin vase the easy way

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

 Metamorphosis MondayThe Scoop,

Wow Us Wednesdays,  Feathered Nest Friday

 Foodie Friday and Everything Else Link Party

  58 comments for “A Blooming Pumpkin from a Chick-fil-A Bouquet

  1. Debby
    October 4, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Beautiful photos, wish I had the time to create something so beautiful. Thanks for giving me inspiration!

  2. October 4, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Mary, this is a great tip! I think I’ll do some of the mini ones and take them as party favors for a dinner party with girlfriends in a few weeks. Glad you are getting the much needed rain. It’s amazing how the lake can fill back up with a weekend of torrential rains.
    No rain here, but we are enjoying some gorgeous fall weather. I’m sitting in the sun room with the doors and windows open to the cool morning air. It’s so quiet and peaceful. My favorite time of day!
    Enjoy your Sunday!

  3. Jane
    October 4, 2015 at 9:55 am

    How lovely! We who love pink welcome it any month of the year. Thank you!

  4. October 4, 2015 at 10:06 am

    You’ve given me one of those “Duh Momens”! I have been wanting to do a centerpiece similar to this, but I couldn’t bring myself to hollow out a fake pumpkin…now how crazy is that? Lol but what if I need it for something else thoughts keep rolling around my mind. Thank you so much!

  5. Lois Ann
    October 4, 2015 at 10:10 am

    When I need a dose of beauty I open your site. You are sunshine on a cloudy day.

  6. Peggy Thal
    October 4, 2015 at 10:18 am

    So beautiful!

  7. franki
    October 4, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Now…THAT IS THE WAY TO ENJOY PUMPKIN!!! (although, my pumpkin-spice coffee was pretty tasty this morning!) Absolutely gorgeous colors and will certainly do this one!! franki p.s. Our lake has “filled up” again…over 6 inches of rain and…counting… fmp

  8. jae
    October 4, 2015 at 10:46 am

    What a clever idea. You always have the most interesting postings, and they are a true visual treat. Thanks for all the hard work you put into creating and sharing these posts with us,

  9. Carol Burget
    October 4, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Love your creative fall works of art!

  10. Paula
    October 4, 2015 at 11:07 am

    ~Mary~

    Very pretty , I really like the flower arrangement in pumpkins .

    Hope you are safe in your area.

    Paula
    IN

  11. October 4, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Thanks for the great tip on using the floral foam on top of the pumpkin, Mary. Your pumpkin arrangement looks fabulous.
    I’m happy that you’re receiving the much needed rain. Happy Sunday!

  12. October 4, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Gorgeous!!

  13. Linda
    October 4, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Oh, a wonderful idea….I can do this without losing my fingers!! thank you, thank you!

  14. October 4, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    What a brilliant idea, Mary! Thanks so very much for sharing this one. It would even work for some artificial pumpkins if we were careful to protect the surface from moisture. I can’t wait to try it.
    Love that your friend was so thoughtful to bring you such beautiful flowers. ~~big smile~~

  15. October 4, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I would be Chick-Fil-A’s number one customer if I could buy roses through the drive-through. :) We love that store. They gave out free sandwiches and drinks to stranded motorists during the snowmageddon. Love that!

  16. October 4, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    I love the idea of putting the foam on top of the pumpkin too. Your bouquet is beautiful! We are finally drying out but the wind is still howling. It is supposed to go up into the 70’s this week, we will see! It has been LOW 50’s for 3 or 4 days now. Happy Sunday!

  17. Melodie Strickland
    October 4, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Mary,

    What a beautiful bouquet of flowers in an unique arrangement. It certainly makes my day.

    Melodie

  18. October 4, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Mine never turn out as beautiful as yours…You have a gift…

  19. October 4, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    how absolutely brilliant Mary! I have always admired your blooming pumpkins but never wanted to carve one out for flowers~ this is kinda like having your cake and eating it too! I love it! I wish you could go to the drive thru and get a bouquet with a side of nuggets!
    Jenna

  20. October 4, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!!

  21. RD
    October 4, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    You have prettier weeds.

  22. October 4, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Really pretty! I love the combination of florals and leaves :) What a good idea to create the arrangement on top of the pumpkin without cutting into it.

  23. Lia
    October 4, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    You’re amazing. Thank you for all the beauty and inspiration you provide!

  24. rattlebridge
    October 4, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Beauty and marvelous ideas abound in this post. I’d never thought to tape floral foam to a pumpkin, and I’m adding it to my Must-Do list. Your bouquet is joyful, seasonal, and pretty to behold.

  25. cozinest
    October 4, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    You love pumpkins and flowers. I love flowers and Chick-fil-A Tea, but never thought about combining the two! Great post!!!

  26. October 5, 2015 at 1:41 am

    Just so pretty! And thanks for the how to!

  27. October 5, 2015 at 5:05 am

    I’m thinking the Chick Fil’A bouquet would be the least fattening thing on the menu Mary! Very nice of your friend to share the beautiful blooms and that’s a fun tip about not having to cut the pumpkin-enjoy:@)

  28. Carol Jones
    October 5, 2015 at 7:17 am

    You are too clever Mary! Great idea and thanks for sharing!

  29. October 5, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Great idea to tape on top, cutting mini pumpkins in like a knife trick and you hope you survive… gorgeous flowers to kick off your arrangement~

  30. October 5, 2015 at 11:45 am

    I love that you did not dig a hole in the pumpkin. My GREEN contribution to the world is I use all my pumpkins for food–pumpkin butter, pies, cakes, cookies..etc. and my jack-a-lanterns are ceramic or synthetic and used, year after year.

    So showing a GREEN way to use your pumpkin as a ‘container’ for florals is a great start. Thanks for the beautiful post, Sandi

  31. Mary Kruese
    October 6, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Have been thinking about you and Chloe and Gracie because of the awful devastation caused by the floods. Remembering your pictures of the lake being about 5 feet down. Don’t know what state you are located in. Hope all is well

    • October 6, 2015 at 9:23 am

      Hi Mary, Thanks for thinking of us. ♥ We’re safe and sound with the lake level on the rise. We’re much further inland than Columbia and of course Charleston on the coast and escaped the flooding and torrential rains that they had.

  32. Marie in AZ
    October 6, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Mary,

    What a novel idea! Your arrangements are gorgeous…perfect for this time of the year.

    Stay safe and take care.

  33. October 7, 2015 at 11:56 am

    How wonderful of your BFF to bring you those gorgeous roses…and then you turn them into a magnificent arrangement…I love the floral foam idea…I was going to hollow out a pumpkin and now I know that I can use the floral foam…so much better!!…

  34. Ann Martin
    September 7, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    How do you keep the water from spilling all over when you refresh the foam? Do you have a cup underneath?

    • September 8, 2016 at 5:14 am

      There’s no need to refresh the foam. Use the float soak method initially so your foam fully saturated before you add your flowers.

  35. Anna
    September 14, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Did you saturate your oasis in water before afixing it to the top of the pumpkin?

    • September 14, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      Yes, Use the “float soak” method by placing the foam on the surface of the water and nutrient mixture. Let the foam naturally absorb the water mixture and don’t forcibly submerge, as this will result in dry spots in your floral foam.

  36. Pingback: Friday’s Few
  37. October 12, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    I am seeing more and more roses with pumpkins! I love it! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

Thanks for your comments~ they make my day :)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: