Millions of pumpkins are gouged up, painted and otherwise embellished to create scary or whimsical jack-o-lanterns every Halloween. When the holiday is over there are still many pumpkins left in the stores. Pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween, though. They’re ideal for displaying from the beginning of the fall months up until Christmastime. Instead of making a pumpkin into a hideous creature that scares little kids why not turn it into a gorgeous table centerpiece, a floral arrangement for your deck or another décor piece?
Most any pumpkin will work to make a flower arrangement but it’s important that the pumpkin sits up straight and level. Other than that, the pumpkin can be used as-is or can be painted or otherwise decorated. It’s fun to paint pumpkins so that you can easily create an elegant look, a coordinating color with the room or another theme. Use a small pumpkin to make a little arrangement or a huge pumpkin to make a much larger version.
Instead of cutting a huge hole in the top of the pumpkin, as most people do to carve a jack-o-lantern, you should cut a hole the size of the container you want to use for the flowers. Some good containers include plastic cups, coffee tins, tea glasses or even cardboard tubes. To get the best fit, position the round object on top of the pumpkin then draw around it. Cut out the hole the scoop out the pumpkin meat and seeds.
Slide the flower container into the pumpkin. If it sinks in too far use an object, like an upside-down can lid, a block of wood or other item to make a pedestal. Position the flower container inside the pumpkin then create the arrangement you want. You can use a Styrofoam piece inside to hold the fake flowers or you can simply slide flowers, vines and other floral pieces into the container.
Make coordinating pieces by using really small pumpkins or gourds. Cut out the hole, place a wooden or other stand inside, then set a small tea light on the stand. This makes a cute candle for setting on the mantle, table or other area. They look fabulous throughout all the fall months! The pumpkins or gourds will eventually begin to wither, and at that point, they need to be thrown in the trash. Next year, though, you can create the simple floral bouquet again!