This DIY pumpkin vase is an easy way to WOW your guests for dinner, would be great for Thanksgiving and oh so adorable for a fall wedding!
I’m sure you’ve seen pumpkin vases floating around a lot so here is just one more.
The red roses, bronze dot poms and my favorite flower of the season, green dianthus make up this bouquet.
DIY Pumpkin Vase
I am in love with this pumpkin. I got it at Trader Joe’s for $6, it’s a perfect pale orange, and such a great size for this project. I considered going fake, but once I saw this I knew I had found my pumpkin vase base. I was at Trader Joe’s to pick up some more Pumpkin cream cheese, which the old container made the perfect size to hold my floral foam. It is not a requirement to use a pumpkin cream cheese container but it is a strong suggestion. Yum!
First you want to put the floral foam into the container and pour water into it so that the foam soaks up all the water. If you order flowers online they usually come with a block of floral foam that you can just use, or you can purchase a block for cheap from any craft store.
Then you will cut a hole into the top of your pumpkin just like you are going to carve it. Take out the guts, and if it makes you happy toast some seeds…or if it makes you feel overwhelmed at the thought, just toss them out.
In a former life, meaning before I had a husband and kids, I arranged flowers ALL THE TIME. I made boutineers and corsages for proms and weddings, I made centerpieces, I made bridal bouquets…I lived flowers. I took a floral class in high school and I was hooked. My best friends mom did floral arrangements and she let me work with her. It was a dream. I love arranging flowers and putting together beautiful things for people for some of their most special days. It was the best. I digress, but anywho, I know a thing or two about working with flowers.
For this project you will want at least three different kinds of flowers or greenery, my rule of thumb is one green, one stand out and one filler. I have all three represented here. I started with the green dianthus for my base because on this project I worked from the outside in, rather than the inside out. I put all the green around the outside, making sure that I had room to put the gorgeous roses in on top of that. Cut the stems long enough that they will sink into the foam at least a 1/2 inch so that they are getting plenty of water for longest life.
Then I added the roses, making sure the bigger and more stand out roses were in the center and a little higher. Floral arranging is all about levels, you want to make windows for all of the flowers so that you can see every bloom, but so that the prettiest stand out and the others are used as back up dancers. There is definitely a social class to flowers that needs to be followed. 😉
Then you are just going to add your filler. These little dot palms are a perfect little fall filler, they add just the right amount of oranges and spice color but don’t overpower the green and red. It turns what could be Christmas colors into a gorgeous fall arrangement with hardly any effort. Love using these as a filler for this season.
While you are adding flowers be sure to turn the pumpkin around several times to make sure the arrangement looks good from all sides and angles. Don’t add too many of one kind of flower to one side. You want some kind of symmetry here, while still looking somewhat natural. Like these flowers just grew right out of the pumpkin that way.
Have you made a DIY pumpkin vase before? Did you use a real or a fake pumpkin? What flowers did you use?
This is going to be gorgeous as my centerpiece on my table for the next couple weeks!
Tip: The nice thing about having that container in the pumpkin is that if they are starting to need more water you can carefully pick up the flowers that are all attached to the foam and then add some water to the container. The foam will soak up the water again and water your flowers.
This DIY pumpkin vase would look great on a fall mantel!