Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pumpkin Centerpieces

In addition to taking a few side dishes and a couple bottles of wine to our Thanksgiving feast with Neal's family, I also plan on bringing some flowers. A few years ago my mom got some adorable pumpkin centerpieces from a local florist, so I decided to re-create them for our table.

As it turns out, they're SUPER easy to make! I used two sugar pumpkins, saran wrap, silica gel, some wet floral foam, and a mixed bunch of flowers from Trader Joe's. If you want to make one for your table (or to take as a hostess gift!), read on for directions.
  1. Hollow out the pumpkins. While you're scooping out the seeds, let the floral foam soak in water. 
  2. Pumpkins tend to get rotten and mushy on the bottom (gross!) so I sprinkled some silica gel in the bottom of mine (that's the stuff that you might find in a little packet in the pocket of a new coat or in a box of shoes). 
  3. Line the inside of the pumpkin with saran wrap before placing the floral foam inside. This creates a waterproof barrier between the foam and the pumpkin.
  4. Start arranging your flowers by sticking them into the floral foam. I place the bigger flowers first.
  5. Fill in the extra spaces with small flowers, berries, leaves, etc. 
Tip: Floral foam isn't very forgiving. Once you place a flower in it, you've used up that piece of foam even if you take the flower back out. Plan your arrangement carefully! 

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