|Pumpkin Flower Arrangement Barn Thanksgiving 2011|
So whenever the holidays roll around I make flower arrangements as table centerpieces. This year I decided to carve up some pumpkins as containers and see what they would look like as centerpieces. During the summer we were lucky enough to have pumpkins magically grow in our compost pile.
|"Magic" pumpkin seeds. no giants, though, just a lot of pumpkins.|
|My barn bench.|
Tutorial: Pumpkin Flower Arrangement
Supplies3-5 Small Pumpkins
Knife for carving pumpkins
flowers (mixture from the grocery store works)
3-5 metal cans, cleaned
dried oats or broom corn
pine or fir or filler leaves
Luckily this tutorial is much easier than the cloth napkin tutorial. For this, you just need to make sure that you keep your flowers balanced. It is easy to overwhelm the pumpkin, since it is small.
First cut the ends of the flower stems (about an inch) and place them in a bucket of warmish water (with the nutrient powder stuff that come with the flowers) and let them sit over night to fluff up and soak up water. I purchased my flowers at the local supermarket, 2 large bouquets for $15 dollars and generally they are pretty dehydrated, so you may need to set them in a warmish place, too. (Aside: Flowers are pretty expensive, so if you want to not spend a ton of money, take a walk through the woods and pick pine, fir, sticks, and dried leaves. Along with ribbon, you can make a nice centerpiece without the cost.)
The next day, gather your supplies, tape, scissors, cans, pumpkins, knife, flowers.
|Cut the top off the pumpkin|
|scoop out the seeds and put them aside|
|take a clean metal can (or plastic container, doesn't matter)|
|And place it inside your scooped out pumpkin, as shown.|
|Use floral tape when taping flowers. Painter's tape does not hold!|
|Hydrangea, mums, drumstick flower, pine, oat, broom corn|
|Add water to the pumpkin/can and place the flowers inside|
|Adjust the length on the stems accordingly. And you're done!|
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