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Make Pumpkin Arrangements for Seasonal Décor

Updated on May 19, 2016
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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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Make a Cornucopia Centerpiece

Autumn with Vivaldi

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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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      vocalcoach:

      Thanks much, both for your visit and the reminder to review and do a little updating on this hub. :)

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      It's been 2 years since visiting this marvelous hub on making pumpkin arrangements. I just love it. So interesting. Voted up and sharing. Thanks.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      favored:

      The amount of eucalyptus available that year was delightful and I'm hoping my new little plant will make it through this already freezing winter because it really is so useful. I'm still enjoying the fragrance of the wreath I made for our front door that year!

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      I like the idea of using natural materials like Eucalyptus. Thanks for reminding me of it for fall arrangements.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Peggy W:

      Thanks much for letting me know that you like this idea for faux pumpkins. It's late in the season, but I'm hoping to make a few of these this weekend.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      These fall decorations look great! Those little pumpkins would make really cute Thanksgiving centerpieces. I can envision a number of them in the middle of a long table mixed with votive candles. Thanks for the idea! Pinning this!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      purl3agony:

      I do understand… :)

      Thanks much for checking these pumpkin arrangements out--they really are easy craft projects--and thanks for leaving your comment!

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      Donna Herron 4 years ago from USA

      I hate to see the summer end and admit that fall is on its way :( But I love these decorations. They seem easy to make and could be tailored for different occasions. Thanks for sharing this great project!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Derdriu:

      Thank you kindly for taking a look at this project hub and letting me know you enjoyed its various aspects. I appreciate your input very much!

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      Derdriu 4 years ago

      RTalloni, October is such a beautiful month, and I like how you honor that beauty in the miniature pumpkin containers to colorfully fragrant sprigs.

      Also, your instructions are helpful and inspiring, and Vivaldi is such a beautiful way to end your autumnal hub.

      Shared.

      Respectfully, and with many thanks and all the votes, Derdriu

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Mama Kim 8:

      Thanks much for letting me know you enjoyed seeing this hub on making pumpkin centerpieces. I appreciate your input here very much!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      This would make a beautiful thanksgiving centerpiece! Love it! Voting and pinning!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Jackie Lynnley:

      Thank you for stopping by and for your input on these pumpkin arrangements!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      ChristyWrites:

      Thanks bunches for letting me know you like the fall decor ideas in this post. I plan to make more yet and post them as examples, but so many projects, so little time! :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      More wonderful ideas, this is great! Sharing.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Arrangements are great that are handmade because there is so much more personality! Great fall ideas here.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Ardie:

      Thanks for adding your comment to this hub!

      You would have fun designing one of these for a Thanksgiving table, I'm sure!

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      This is the perfect idea for a Thanksgiving center piece! And although I am not highly crafty it looks like something I can make. Great idea :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Om Paramapoonya:

      Thanks for taking a look at this project and letting me know you like the hub!

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      How cute! Your idea is very unique. Thanks so much for the instructions and lovely pictures.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      AliciaC:

      Thanks kindly for checking out these fall pumpkin arrangements and for your input on the hub!

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the look of the finished pumpkins - they are so attractive. The instructions sound easy, too. This is a lovely project for fall!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      teaches12345:

      It's good to hear that this has inspired you to plan ahead for your Thanksgiving decorating. When we lived in Florida I didn't always get to fall season decorating in time to really enjoy it. Autumn in the Carolina's is very different!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      With the approach of this season, I am really inspired by your hub to look for ways to bring the fall season inside. I do decorate around Thanksgiving with items, now I am going to include some natural produce as well. Loved the country song video.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Phil Plasma:

      Yes indeed! My goal is to promote beauty. :) Thanks very much for stopping in and adding your input to these comments!

      Maybe you'll get time to make one of the small ones--they really are quick and easy!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      kashmir56:

      Glad to know you like this pumpkin project and I appreciate your input very much. Natural decorations fit the season, don't they? :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      carol7777:

      Thanks much for adding your input to this hub on using pumpkins to make fall floral arrangements!

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      Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Great alternative to jack o'lanterns. If I had the time and/or energy I would certainly give this a try. Well written hub with a great idea, voted up!

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is such a great idea and so easy to do has well . Very well explained and useful information.

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      vocalcoach:

      Thanks so much for letting me know that this on fall decorating was inspiring to you. Maybe we'll get to see some of your creations. :)

      Greatly appreciate your input!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Peggy W:

      Adding natural elements to our fall arrangements certainly is a nice and inexpensive way to decorate for autumn. A neighborhood walk can indeed yield amazing additions to centerpieces, wreaths, and swags. Thanks very much for your input here!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      billybuc:

      Thanks for stopping by this hub!

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      carol stanley 5 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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      Audrey Hunt 5 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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      Peggy Woods 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      very nice job!