Pumpkins are ubiquitous in the fall. They are on virtually every front porch bearing spooky or silly faces and they find their ways into soups and puddings. Using pumpkins as a centerpiece vase for flowers is a surprising and simple seasonal addition to holiday decorations and can be a family project. Kids can help out with scooping out the seeds and choosing the flowers to go inside. The whole craft takes mere minutes, but this pumpkin table topper makes a big visual impression. Read on for a fun and seasonal holiday craft that will bring color and some local flavor to your holiday table to celebrate Halloween and Thanksgiving.
1. Gather your supplies
- flowers (preferably from a farmer’s market)
- pumpkin or gourd (also preferably from a farmer’s market)
- sharp knife
- pumpkin seed scooper or spoon
2. Cut the top off the pumpkin
Using a sharp knife, cut off the top of the pumpkin, just as if you were creating a jack o’lantern. Make sure you make a large enough cut area that you can scoop out the pumpkin seeds. Otherwise, the amount cut out will just depend on the size of the bouquet you are using. You can also create a more dramatic diagonal cut, which will highlight the flowers and make them appear almost as if they are growing out of the pumpkin. Just be aware that you will need to water your flowers more frequently since the pumpkin won’t be able to contain as much water as a typical vase.
3. Scoop out the pumpkin seeds
Scoop out the pumpkin seeds with the seed scooper (ours came from an old pumpkin carving kit) or use a spoon. My little ones love to help with this job. They also love roasting the pumpkin seeds after for a snack! Make sure you or your child scoops out as many of the seeds and stringy fibers as possible, as this will allow the pumpkin to rot less quickly.
4. Cut the flowers to size
Using scissors, cut the stems of the flowers to the desired height. The best way to do this is to cut some and then try them out in the pumpkin, cutting more as needed. Some flowers look great with the stems exposed above the pumpkin’s top. Others look cute bunched right at the pumpkin’s opening.
5. Put the flowers in the pumpkin vase and display
Put water in the bottom of the pumpkin vase and add your flowers. Set out on the table. Be sure to change the water every day or two and trim the bottoms of the flower stems.