Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Fall Centerpiece

These greenish-blue pumpkins provide the perfect 'vase' for some fall foliage.  We were celebrating an engagement, so I didn't want too much orange to dominate the space!  I bought both pumpkins for $8 and with some flowers, plants, acorns and leaves from around the yard, I made this centerpiece. 
After scooping out the center of the smaller pumpkin, I lined it with tin foil and filled it with dirt.  I planted some different plants and pansies.  Right before our party, I added the fresh flowers.
The round wooden display piece belongs to my friend Mary and worked great to hold the centerpiece!
 Someone in blog land gets the credit for this great idea!  I remember seeing it and thinking it looked simple to do, but didn't note the site!  Use the tea light as a template to mark the real pumpkin and draw a circle around the candle.  Then, just cut out the circle!  The candle fits perfectly and is less expensive than pumpkin shaped candles!  Whoever you are, thank you for the great idea!  I made several of these and used them all around the house for a little bit of color!


I got the idea to use the pumpkin as a vase from Southern Living Magazine.  A friend said that Country Living also had an example of a planted pumpkin.  The article said to enjoy the display for about a week, then remove the plants, plant them in your yard and discard the pumpkin. 
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27 comments :

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love that idea and yours looks wonderful. Also using the tiny pumpkins as tea lights is a very good idea. Thanks for sharing.

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Gorgeous!! I have a dear friend who's family are pumpkin farmers. She brought be a truck load of goodies last week that include a bunch of these bluey-green pumpkins. I am now on a mission to do an arrangement like yours :)

Blessings!
Gail

Vanessa said...

Hi Christie! I just love this! I have never seen an arrangement on stacked pumpkins like that and although I have done a vase with fresh flowers stuck inside one I have yet to fill it with dirt and plants like that! I think you did an awesome job and I hope you are going to share more pics with us of the party! :-)
Vanessa

Pat said...

Beautiful fall centerpiece, Christie! I love the blue pumpkins.

Carol said...

How very lovely! Your home looks so welcoming.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The large pumpkins used as a topiary floral piece is stunning. Beautiful and creatie. I also really like the small ones used for tealights. Beautifully done. Thanks for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Kristen White said...

Your fall centerpiece is stunning!!! Love those little pumpkin tealights...very clever!
Kristen

Erin@likegrandmas said...

Great idea and I love the green pumpkins!

Amy Kinser said...

I love your pumpkin centerpiece. I picked up two pumpkins in that color this year and love them.

Karie's Chic Creations said...

I love the pumpkin centerpiece. It looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing your idea and how you made it.

Alycia Nichols said...

Wow...I love the color of those bluish-green pumpkins! I have never seen them around these parts...but, of course, I don't get out much, either!!! At any rate, they are beautiful! Great idea for the votive holders, too!!!

Pamela Gordon said...

What a beautiful centerpiece! I have never seen pumpkins that colour here in New Brunswick - very unique - but they would go with my decor for sure.
Pamela

Claire said...

Love the color of the pumpkins-gives the arrangement a whole new feel-love it!

Carrie said...

Ohh, such a fabulous centerpiece creation!

Jessa Irene (Holiday-Haven) said...

Beautiful centerpiece! And love pumpkins with candles, so wonderful for the season!!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

I'm usually an orange pumpkin fan, but these are so unique and attractive! Beautiful arrangement. By the time we are doing fall centerpieces up here in New England we can't plant them outdoors. Oh, it would be nice to be where it is warm! Linda

Shirley said...

I love your ideas for your table; the centerpiece and the candle holders!

Sue said...

Really cute arrangement using the gray/blue pumpkins! How did you stabilize the two pumpkins together- a dowel, perhaps? You certainly got a good price on the pumpkins at 2.$8.00. I paid that amount for one! Those specialty pumpkins are pretty, but a little pricey.
Great, fun idea. :-)

lulumusing said...

I love the color of the pumpkins and the way you have brought outdoors in with the grasses.

Miss Char said...

I've done a pumpkin centerpiece before but never a stacked one. This looks great and very natural. Thanks so much for sharing.

A Perfect Setting said...

Love the stacked pumpkin centerpiece, color is amazing...

Entertaining Women said...

You just made me remember that there is actually a 'coring' tool the diameter of a tea light candle. Someone gave it to me as a gift. I had forgotten that I have it....tomorrow morning I'll go sift through my stuff and see if I can find it. This would be the perfect time of year to use it. Your shower tablescape is lovely. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

sarah said...

Love that centerpiece. I totally want to make one for my dining room. Another amazing and inspiring post!
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Barbara said...

What a pretty centerpiece! I was just talking to my husband about the tealight idea. He has a drill bit that will do the job. I have a feeling we will be drilling apples and pumpkins tomorrow morning. Have a wonderful weekend!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I had to click over to read the "how tos". What great ideas! Thanks for sharing the directions. laurie

joyfullyjulie said...

I just love this post, the pumpkin centerpiece takes my breath away.

~Robin~ said...

gourd-geous!

Really - I love ANYTHING involving pumpkins. I may have to make one of these myself for the Turkey Day table!

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