What’s fall without a Pumpkin tutorial of some sort? This one is how to use a pumpkin to make a pumpkin flower arrangement.
What are my favorite things about fall? The first has to be the return to cooler weather so I can actually wear my knitting again.
My second favorite thing about fall is the lovely squash known affectionately as Pumpkin.
I love everything about pumpkins! They are the most wonderful shade of orange, and if you didn’t know, orange is a color that can boost your joy and happiness. So sprinkle a ton of orange all over your Thanksgiving table as we prep for those big family gatherings.
I’m going to help you with this. Today’s post is how to make a Pumpkin Floral Arrangement. It’s so cute!
I have a friend who is a professional florist, and she’s currently working in Whole Foods. I had just finished photographing this tutorial when I went to the store to do a little shopping. I told her about it and guess what was on the shelves the very next time I went in? Yup. You guessed it. This identical arrangement was in the floral department. For $25. Now, that’s not a terrible price. But, if you follow my instructions (and get your flowers from Trader Joe’s) you can make about a half dozen of these for the same money.
This means you can send an arrangement home with your favorite guest on Thanksgiving. Or walk one next door to your favorite neighbors on the morning of Thanksgiving. That’s what I’m planning on doing. It’s unique and it will last a week or more if they keep the flowers watered.
So let’s talk about what you need to make this lovely fall floral arrangement.
- Mini Pumpkins. You want the ones they sell for making pies. They are the right size and have the cutest shape.
- Flowers in all sizes. You want small, medium and large sized flowers. You also want some greenery and baby’s breath to fill in the gaps. Always put in Baby’s Breath at the end to fill in your arrangements.
- A floral Oasis. You might want a couple of these if you’re making several arrangements. An Oasis is that green spongy thing in the bottom of professional arrangements. It serves two purposes. It holds water to keep the flowers hydrated, and it is a thing to stick the stems in to hold the flowers in place. It’s kind of like a flower frog only disposable. I get mine in Michael’s (of course).
- Knives, scissors and some kind of scoop. Expect to get your hands dirty scooping out the innards of the pumpkin.
The first thing you’re going to do is to get all your flowers out of the packaging and put them into one big bucket so they are easy for you to access. I picked out lots of purples to contrast with the orange of the pumpkin. Then I added some tulips and sunflowers to pick up on the color of the pumpkin as well as play well with the purples and greens.
Here’s how we are going to make the arrangement:
- Cut the top off your pumpkin and scoop out the insides. This is a little bit messy, but not as bad as carving a Jack-O-Lantern style pumpkin. You can always roast the seeds for a treat later on. Refrigerate the cut pumpkin until you are ready to make your arrangement.
- Using the small knife, trim the Oasis into small bits that will fit into the pumpkin. You can do these first two steps the morning before Thanksgiving. Once the Oasis’ are trimmed to the size that will fill up the bottom of the pumpkins, let them soak in water per the instructions.
- The afternoon before Thanksgiving, you can make your actual arrangements. Do this while the pies are baking. You know you have stuff you’ll be baking the day ahead. Make the arrangements while that’s going on.
When you are making floral arrangements, here’s a general guideline:
- Stick the moistened Oasis pieces into the bottom of the pumpkin. This will both water the flowers and give them something to hold onto. If you skip this step, your arrangement will not work. Trust me. Go buy the Oasis.
- Put in the greenery pieces first along the bottom.
- Place your medium sized flowers around the opening you’ve cut in the pumpkin. They should be about the same stem length. Only vary that by an inch or so.
- Place one or two large accent flowers. In this case, I used the Sunflower. Trim it so it’s just slightly taller than the medium flowers.
- Fill in the bare spots with your filler which is usually baby’s breath. It works really well to fill in those holes that are inevitable and add a finished touch. Everyone will think you bought these from the florist! I had a couple of things I bought for filler which you should be able to see in the overhead photo below.
That’s pretty much it. It takes a little practice, but if you follow the guidelines you should be able to make these lovely custom floral arrangements. It’s a pretty creative outlet, so I think you will enjoy the process. Since those of us who knit and craft enjoy all sorts of handmade things, I thought you would enjoy this tutorial. Let me know how yours came out! Tag me on Instagram with #pattymacknits so we can all see!