Put pumpkins on a pedestal this season—literally—to showcase the beauty of fall. Start by gathering interesting branches, plants, and leaves from your backyard or local florist. Look for bright berries, fuzzy textures, and colorful leaves. After you've collected your materials, learn our floral arranging secrets for a stunning pumpkin centerpiece.
What You'll Need:
- Pumpkin carving supplies
- Floral foam
- Assorted fall foliage
- Candleholder (or other pedestal)
Step 1: Clean Pumpkin
Start by cleaning out the pumpkin as though you're planning to carve it. Cut a hole in the top and scoop out the seeds and pulp. Be sure the hole at the top is large enough to accommodate your vase.
Step 2: Select and Prep Vase
Once you have your hollowed out pumpkin, find a vase the right height and size to fit inside. Cut the floral foam as needed to fit inside the vase. Thoroughly soak the foam and press into the vase. Be sure the foam fills the entire vase. This will allow you to press in taller flowers and branches.
Step 3: Arrange Foliage
Start by placing the tallest grasses or stems in the center of the vase, then work your way towards the outside rim. Drape weeping berries over the sides of the arrangement to cover the edge. Add large flowers in fall colors like red, orange, and yellow. Fill in with fall leaves and additional berry branches.
Step 4: Stack on Pedestal
To make your centerpiece stand out on your Thanksgiving table, give it a place of honor on a pedestal. We used a regular candleholder from a home store, but you could use a cake stand. Make additional pumpkins to match along the length of the table, or group several pumpkins in the middle on pedestals of varying heights.