We’re well into the pumpkin season, and while the squash native to North America is fun to eat and sip on, I wanted to show a few unique ways to dress up your pumpkins this holiday season. Of course what better day to share these DIYS than on National Pumpkin Day.
The word pumpkin originates from the word pepon, which means “large melon” in Greek. When I say the word pumpkin, many immediately think of the perfect orange sphere, but in recent years white pumpkins have become more popular in the United States — which produces more than 1.5 million pounds of pumpkins each season.
How to Pick a Pumpkin
When looking for the best jack-o’-lantern, choose one that will decompose the slowest. Stay away from soft spots and dry, thin stems. Always pick one that feels heavy for its size because that’s means it’ll be better for cooking with the more flesh it has. Also choose one with a sturdy base that won’t flop over while on display.
DIY Pumpkin Flower Centerpiece
- A pumpkin
- Glass cylinder vase
- Pumpkin carving tool set
- Seasonal flowers
Step 1: Trace out the cylinder vase with a small knife or poker to make small holes around the cylinder. This will be the template of where you’ll need to carve.
Step 2: Carve out the hole using your pumpkin carving set or knife.
Step 3: Remove the flesh of the pumpkins inside and set the cylinder vase inside the pumpkin.
Step 4: Add flower food to the cylinder (you can also make your own I share a recipe inside the video) and water.
Step 5: Cut flowers to size making sure you have varying heights in your bouquet.
I love this idea to use for either Halloween or Thanksgiving to sit centerstage on dining table or at your buffet station.
4 Easy “No Carve” Pumpkin Decor
Need some quick, easy decor for your last minute Halloween party? Try these decorating tips to dress up your pumpkins this year. Here are 4 ways you can decorate your Halloween pumpkins without carving them.
What you’ll need:
- Black Matte Spray Paint
- Mod Podge
- Glue Hot Glue Gun
- Tissue Paper or Newspaper
- Stencils (with adhesive on back)
- Paint Brush Paint (to paint pumpkin if desired)
Use these ideas in your home before your guests arrive to create decor that will get them talking. For more Halloween decor tips check out our other videos on Youtube, while you’re there don’t forget to subscribe.