Make a DIY pumpkin vase for your Thanksgiving floral centerpiece. This pumpkin vase can be make from a real or fake pumpkin. Add some nicely arranged flowers to create a fun pumpkin planter. This pumpkin vase is the perfect finishing touch to your holiday tablescape and makes a great hostess gift for friends and family.
Pumpkin Vase DIY
Thanksgiving is coming up at the end of the month and I wanted to share some floral inspiration with you. Just because Halloween is over doesn’t mean we have to put away the pumpkins yet. As far as I am concerned decorative gourd season is still going strong. So grab a real or fake pumpkin and lets make a fancy pants pumpkin vase and Thanksgiving floral centerpiece.
For some of you who may not know, I am Canadian and grew up near Vancouver BC. Now I live in Washington State (only about 10 minutes from the Canadian border, so I really didn’t go too far).
Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving in October. We celeb ate it on what Americans call Columbus Day (although I have to say I’m in favor of ditching Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples Day).
Every year I end up getting two Thanksgivings. One in Canada in October and one in Washington in November. As far as I’m concerned you can never have too much pumpkin pie.
For this arrangement I used a fake, carveable pumpkin from the craft store. They are for sale for Halloween, but like I said, pumpkins and other varieties of squash are totally acceptable for Thanksgiving.
Supplies for Pumpkin Vase
- Real or fake carveable pumpkin
- Sharp knife
- Small bowl or plastic container
- Fresh or fake flowers and greenery
Directions for Pumpkin Vase
- First, carve the top of your pumpkin off and place a bowl or something waterproof inside. I used an old sour cream container and filled it with water. Then I took some clear tape and made an X over the top of the opening. This will help support the flowers so they don’t sag or droop all over the place.
- Next, add some filler to support the flowers and add some greenery. Normally I would use ferns but since I didn’t have any I used cedar branches because I had a ton of those instead. Clip them and place them into the water like I did above.
- Now you can begin to add your flowers. Trim off leaves from the bottom of the stems and start placing them in each of the 4 quadrants that you marked off with the tape. I used all white flowers like mums, hydrangea, snap dragons and a bunch of other stuff I don’t know the name of (sorry, that is completely unhelpful to you, I know).
- Finally, try to add a variety of textures and heights. Fill in any empty spaces with leaves, greenery or more flowers. Rotate your arrangement and view it from all sides to make sure that it looks balanced.
- Real or fake pumpkin
- Real of fake flowers and greenery
- Waterproof bucket or bowl
- sharp knife
- Cut the top off the pumpkin.
- If you are using a real pumpkin scoop the guts out.
- Insert a bowl inside the pumpkin and fill with water.
- Make a criss cross pattern across the opening of the pumpkin with tape.
- Insert greenery into the tape grid.
- Add flowers in different sizes and shapes.
- Turn the pumpkin to make sure the arrangment is balanced.
Try a variety of differnt flowers. Experiment with monochomatic or contrasting color schemes.
What kind of tablescapes are you planning for Thanksgiving this year? Have you even started thinking about it? Let me know in the comments and if you liked this post feel free to share it on social media!