Make Pumpkin Arrangements for Seasonal Décor

Personalizing floral arrangements is easy when using a pumpkin as a container.
Personalizing floral arrangements is easy when using a pumpkin as a container. | Source

Use Seasonal Supplies to Make Fall Arrangements



What can you make with a pumpkin, a few fall flower stems, and a computer? The very best answer is personalized, easy, and beautiful fall floral arrangements for your table.


Making a fall pumpkin centerpiece is an easy-as-pie project and they are the perfect fall décor. These are so simple to create that you’ll be tempted to design one for all your family and friends!



Bring Nature Indoors for the Fall Season


After our southern summer’s heat, enjoying a bit of cooler weather's first hint of fall each year gives us a refreshing, hopeful feeling. As soon as the nights begin to cool off and subtle changes in the morning air signal good things to come, we look forward to the beautiful performance of nature’s autumnal display.

Bringing some of that seasonal beauty indoors is an annual event for many people but it’s nice to have a few decorations stored away and ready to come out even before fall's color shows up outdoors. Creating arrangements for our own homes and to use as gifts for others is a way to relish the season’s color a little longer.


Making a tabletop arrangement for fall decorating requires simple supplies.
Making a tabletop arrangement for fall decorating requires simple supplies. | Source

Supply List for These Fall Arrangements


• Various Styrofoam or Plastic Pumpkins

• Copper and Gold Craft Paints

• Computer Generated Initials, Names, or Phrases

• Various Flower and Nature Stem Picks

• Mod Podge or Other Decoupage Glue

• Obvious Tools -- Brushes, Pliers, Scissors


Creating a Fall Arrangement for Your Tabletop


Prep the Pumpkin:

Painting the pumpkin the way I did is easy, but you may choose to be more elaborate when you paint one. I also thought that decoupaging the entire pumpkin with a tissue paper printed with a tiny fall design would be unique for an arrangement.

More Tips for these Pumpkin Arrangements

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Copper goes between the ridges, then gold is lightly sponged on the pumpkin's ribs.A computer generated fall design that layers an initial with floral fonts.A design that layers decorative fonts for an autumn theme.A common southern phrase dressed for the fall season!Eucalyptus for a fragrant finishing touch.TIny sprigs of fragrance for miniature pumpkins.Happy decorating!
Copper goes between the ridges, then gold is lightly sponged on the pumpkin's ribs.
Copper goes between the ridges, then gold is lightly sponged on the pumpkin's ribs. | Source
A computer generated fall design that layers an initial with floral fonts.
A computer generated fall design that layers an initial with floral fonts. | Source
A design that layers decorative fonts for an autumn theme.
A design that layers decorative fonts for an autumn theme. | Source
A common southern phrase dressed for the fall season!
A common southern phrase dressed for the fall season! | Source
Eucalyptus for a fragrant finishing touch.
Eucalyptus for a fragrant finishing touch. | Source
TIny sprigs of fragrance for miniature pumpkins.
TIny sprigs of fragrance for miniature pumpkins. | Source
Happy decorating!
Happy decorating! | Source

Easy Decoupage


• Wondering how to decoupage with pretty napkins? It is a simple process!

Combine crackle paint and decoupage to make unique items for decorating or giving.

• Using a small paint brush, apply copper colored paint to the pumpkin’s indentions.

• Using a wet sponge highlight the surface of the pumpkin with gold colored paint.

• Set aside to dry according to manufacturer’s instructions.


Make the Initial, Name, or Phrase

Creating a computer generated design for the pumpkin's front is easy work. You can see three designs in the thumbnails next to this paragraph showing how I layered options available on my computer.

Once the design was created I sized it to fit the pumpkins. Sometimes I have a lot of trial and error on new projects, but I only had to reprint one of my designs one time in order to get it right.

I used Mod Podge to apply the designs with the decoupage glue according to the package directions. This product dries in 15 minutes, making it perfect for quick projects. It's important to be careful not to overwork the glue. Apply as directed and leave it alone to dry.

After it dried I used a little of the copper and gold colors to paint highlights on the designs. Some of the designs needed the highlights on the letters, some of them needed a touch of paint on the decorative elements within the patterns.

You may not be familiar enough with your computer to make a design like one of these, but you could easily combine decoupage and hand painting to create a design. If you are not familiar with decoupage work you can easily search out some info on the topic so your project will go quickly.


Harvest Scenes with Fun Fall Music for Your Crafting Time:

Finishing the Fall Décor Arrangement

Once the decoupaged design dried I assessed the floral picks I had available and began taking them apart and trimming the stems so I could plan how to arrange them in the top of the pumpkin.

Most of my stems were made of a strong wire so they were easy to push into the styrofoam form, but for a few I used the pliers to start a hole because the wire was a bit weak.

I also attached florist’s wire to some nice ribbon and used the loops to give the effect that ribbon was running through the arrangement. With some berry sprigs for the little bird to nibble on the pumpkin was almost finished.

Having gathered fresh eucalyptus branches a couple of weeks ago, I tucked a few sprigs into my decorated pumpkins. The blue-green color of the leaves, as well as the wonderful fragrance turned out to be fine touches to these tabletop decorations.


Yes, You Can Make Fall Arrangements!


The projects highlighted in this hub couldn’t be quicker or easier to make. Creating a natural look with floral arrangements during autumn’s gorgeous season is, well, only natural, and you can design and create your own using these examples as inspiration!

I hope you get to enjoy decorating with centerpieces that you have created, or to enjoy giving them to others. They make great gifts for many occasions. Beyond family members, keep teachers, host/hostesses, neighbors, and more in mind as you plan your projects.


Snowman Pumpkin

Outside the Box with Pumpkins


Seasonal fall décor for our homes and offices with pumpkins begins the holiday season for most of us, but don't forget other ways to use them:

Birthdays for little ones can be a delightful time for family and friends in the fall season.

A pumpkin themed dinner party for friends before heading out to the big family holiday meal might be just the ticket for a grown up fall birthday.

Make a snowman pumpkin (or two of them) for a quick holiday to holiday décor switch.

• Painted white as in the snowman pumpkins above, these luminaries would be beautiful at Christmas time.

• A Christmas pumpkin pie recipe for ginger lovers--Ginger-Streusel Pumpkin Pie.


Do you make your own fall decorations?

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  • No, never.
  • As many and as often as I can.
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More Seasonal Hubs to Check Out:


If floral arranging is not your cup of tea, take a look at some other seasonal ideas for crafting and giving:


• How to make easy throw pillow slipcovers for the holidays.


• How to make flax seed packs for warm comfort.


• Make a ball team handbag from a denim skirt.


• Make beautiful place cards for special meals.



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Discussing Fall Decor: 36 comments

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

very nice job!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Your ideas are certainly useful and appropriate for the upcoming fall season of the year. Often I have used pine cones and things that can be gleaned from the neighborhood for use in seasonal arrangements. Nice and inexpensive! Like your ideas! Up and useful votes.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

While reading your hub I thought about the gorgeous autumn leaves that are available here in Tennessee. In fact, I find them all over my front lawn. Not being that crafty I failed to come up with ideas for using them. Thanks to your hub I'm going to try my hand at making fall decorations. Voted up, useful, awesome and will share.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

What a creative way to decorate a pumpkin. Never would have thought of flowers. Easy instructions and a lovely piece. Thanks for sharing. Voting up and sharing.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey Author

billybuc:

Thanks for stopping by this hub!


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