DIY Thanksgiving Pumpkin Floral Arrangement
This pumpkin or gourd centerpiece is a great addition to the linen rentals, table rentals, place setting rentals, and serving equipment you’ll need this year for Thanksgiving. Follow our step by step guide to create your own centerpieces for your dining table or as decorations around the house.
To complete this arrangement, you will need a pumpkin or gourd, flowers, scissors or shears, a wet floral foam block, a knife, spoon, plastic wrap or foil, and a bowl of water.
Choose your flowers based your taste and color scheme. Wide opening flowers like daisies are great to help fill in the space. If you choose smaller opening flowers, like roses, keep in mind that you will need more to fill the entire area. Fill options such as baby’s breath or ferns will come in handing to create a sense of division and fullness among your flowers.
Start by cutting around the top of the pumpkin. Make sure you cut down far enough to leave plenty of room for the floral foam. You still want the pumpkin to round up a little so don’t cut down much further than ¼ of the way. SAFETY TIP: Always cut away from your body and other hand, if the knife accidentally slips out you don’t want to be in its way :-).
Using a spoon, scrape out all of the pumpkins seeds. FUN TIP: Pumpkin seeds make a tasty snack much like sunflower seeds. Clean your seeds with warm water, place them on a baking pan then lightly salt. Bake them at 350 degrees for about 10 mins – Yum!
Cut the plastic wrap or aluminum foil into a square that is large enough to cover the entire inside of the pumpkin. Leave extra so that some is protruding from the top of the pumpkin after you’ve pushed it down to the bottom. Then trim the floral foam so that it can completely fit inside the pumpkin.
Remove your floral foam from inside the pumpkin and soak it in a bowl of water. Then place the soaked floral foam back inside the pumpkin and trim the extra plastic that is protruding from the top.
Now you are ready to insert your flowers. Cut the stems of your flowers to a length that is long enough to go at least half way into the floral foam and extend about 4-5” out of the top.