A pumpkin covered in beautiful dried blooms will make your fall decor pop. Cover a faux pumpkin, and you'll have a pretty centerpiece that will last for years.

By BH&G Holiday Editors
Updated August 27, 2020
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Add dried flowers to a faux pumpkin to create a pretty fall centerpiece. This craft project looks complicated, but it's so easy that you'll be finished in minutes! We used a mix of strawflowers in classic fall hues like crimson, orange, and yellow. We found dried strawflowers online but they're also available at most garden centers or greenhouses. Using a faux pumpkin and dried flowers that can last for years means this beautiful piece of decor is reusable. Finish this no-carve pumpkin decoration with a real stem—it adds the perfect natural touch.

floral pumpkin fall decor
Credit: Marty Baldwin

How to Make a Dried Flower Pumpkin

Supplies Needed

  • Faux Pumpkin
  • Real Pumpkin Stem
  • Xacto Knife
  • Hot-Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Assorted Dried Globe and Strawflowers
  • Scissors

Step-by-Step Directions

With a few supplies and these how-to instructions, you can create your own fall pumpkin decoration. Customize your pumpkin craft with your favorite dried flowers.

pumpkin stem hot glue gun
Credit: Marty Baldwin

Step 1: Attach the Stem

Adding a dried pumpkin stem gives this faux pumpkin a real feel. It also looks perfect with the dried flowers. Cut the faux stem from the pumpkin with a Xacto knife ($6, Staples). To be sure the hole isn't too large for the new stem, draw a small circular line to cut along. Glue the real stem in place, filling any gaps with more hot glue—you can cover this later with flowers.

gluing yellow flower onto pumpkin
Credit: Marty Baldwin

Step 2: Add Big Blooms

Cut the flower heads from the stems and sort the flowers by size; you'll want to disperse large and small flowers evenly around the pumpkin. Hot-glue a large flower at the base of the stem. Continue with large and small flowers around the base of the stem, covering any pen marks or hot glue. For a fall look, choose flowers in pink, orange, and yellow colors.

flowers glued to pumpkin
Credit: Marty Baldwin

Step 3: Add Small Flowers

Continue adding flowers until the entire pumpkin is covered. Save the smallest flowers for any gaps. Lightly wrap pumpkin, then store in a sealed box. The dried flowers are brittle and will break if bumped. Use your finished pumpkin project as a holiday centerpiece or fall mantel decoration.

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