Want to bring a little cheer to your Thanksgiving table, however small it will be this year? The florists at Bloom & Wild, the letterbox flower company, have created an easy guide for making flower vase from a pumpkin.
“Pumpkin vases are a fun autumnal alternative to a classic vase,” says Bloom & Wild florist Amelia Christoffers.
Here are the steps, provided by Bloom & Wild.
Step 1: Making a hole in the top of your pumpkin.
Dot a circle (7-8 inches radius) around the top of the pumpkin, not too wide that all the flowers will fall to the side, and not too narrow that they all face toward the sky. Use a knife and safely cut out the top as if you were going to carve a pumpkin.
Step 2: Prep the inside.
Once the top is off, scoop out the innards with a metal spoon to make sure you get all the seeds and pulp. Once you’ve cleared out everything, place some wet floral foam in place of the innards to soak up any excess water. The floral foam also acts as a support to keep the flowers in place and as a preservative to keep flowers in bloom for longer.
Now’s the time to get the creative juices flowing and to arrange your foliage and flowers. Try a mixture of reds and pinks, colors that complement the pumpkin’s orange. Specifically, flowers like roses and alstroemerias can create that autumnal look, while chrysanthemums and red hypericum berries can give you that vibrant feel.
Step 4 (optional): Make a flower crown.
If you’re feeling especially crafty, fancy making a flower crown with your pumpkin? Instead of cutting a hole in the top of the pumpkin, dot the outline of your flower crown onto the pumpkin with a marker pen. Next, use a metal skewer to poke holes (about 3/4-inch deep) into the dot and then trim your stems (at an angle) so they’re about 3/4-inches long. Voila, it’s time to slide your stems into place.
“The flower crown is a great way to decorate a pumpkin without getting your hands dirty with a pumpkin-carving mess,” Christoffers says.