Thank you SO much for all of your lovely comments on my Thanksgiving Table I shared over the weekend. It was so much fun to create, and I’m so glad you guys loved it as much as I do! I have gotten so many questions about the pumpkin centerpiece, so today I’m going to share with you how I made it. **Disclaimer: I’m not the best at sharing tutorials, half the time I just wing it, so this is my attempt to show you how I created it from photos I quickly snapped along the way.** I will do my best to make sure I cover all the details, but please don’t hesitate to ask questions about what I used, or how I did something.
First I gathered my materials. I used a real heirloom pumpkin I had purchased earlier in the season for some of my other fall decor posts as the “vase” for this centerpiece. I just loved the size and shape and color of this one. It truly is so perfect looking, even my husband asked if it was fake, lol.
Based off of the color of the pumpkin, I went to my local flower market to grab some flowers that I thought would go nicely with the color of the pumpkin. I knew for sure I wanted to use seeded eucalyptus, because I loved the way it looks when hanging down on both sides. I also knew I wanted to use baby kale because it was “in-season”, and felt like a natural selection. I knew I wanted to use some pops of white, but then they had the most beautiful shade of dusty pink roses, I just had to have them, I couldn’t ignore them!
I started by cutting a circle around the top of my pumpkin, just like if you were going to carve it. I removed the top, but decided not to remove the filling. I figured it would help keep my floral foam elevated instead of sinking deeper into the pumpkin. Just to keep things less messy, I placed a sheet of foil over the filling, and then proceeded to place my floral foam inside.
Next I grabbed my “biggest” floral item, the kale. I started with the biggest, and worked my way down in size, this way my statement pieces remained just that, statements, and was able to fill in around them with my smallest floral pieces.
Once my kale was in place, I knew I wanted the seeded eucalyptus to look like it was draping out the sides, so I put those pieces in next.
Then I grabbed my pretty roses!
I filled them in around the kale equally, turning my pumpkin as I went to make sure everything stayed balance. Not too heavy on one side, and that I could see the roses from all angles.
Now for my pops of white to add some dimension, and variety to the centerpiece.
I filled in around the roses and kale as I saw fit. No real rhyme of reason, just tucking pieces in here and there, making sure I had a good mix on all sides.
I used the last little bit of filler I had to make sure there were no empty spots, and everything felt nice and full. I even tucked it in some areas where there weren’t empty spots, just to help balance the colors and arrangement of the flowers.
The end result was the beautiful pumpkin centerpiece you saw on my Thanksgiving Table this year. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. From start to finish it took my just over an hour to create, and I think you’ll agree it was well worth the time!
I will also say this was the first time I made a pumpkin centerpiece like this, and found to be fairly easy. So if you are looking at these photos, wondering if you could do the same thing. Pour yourself a nice big glass of wine, put on some music, give your self time, don’t rush. Enjoy the process, and I’m sure you will be able to create your very own in no time!
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