We are hosting a big Thanksgiving this year with family and I have a few ideas and recipes whirling around in my head that I wanted to share with you. The first is this easy pumpkin planter. I wanted to use pumpkins in our Thanksgiving decor and when I saw this chubby little Cinderella pumpkin at the grocery store, I immediately imagined it as a planter.
I wasn’t sure how this project would turn out but I am so happy with the end result. This provides a pretty centerpiece for the table that isn’t too tall and only set me back about $20 total.
To get started you want to hollow out your pumpkin. This particular pumpkin was quite a workout but we made a circle at the top, popped off the top and dug out all the pumpkin guts.
Next to preserve the pumpkin you can wipe a layer of petroleum jelly inside or if you happen to have one of those little baggies of silica that come inside shoe boxes. Toss that in the pumpkin.
The next step is to choose a jar or wet floral foam from the craft store to hold your flowers. I found both work fine- the floral foam is probably the best option but a jar is quick and easy too.
We have had a lot of rain recently and the flower selection at all my favorite spots has been lacking. I did find a decent boutique at the grocery store.
I trimmed the floral foam to fit inside the pumpkin and started arranging the flowers.
You can also just use a mason jar- wide mouth works best. Arrange the flowers and pop inside the pumpkin.
And now for the little secret to making this look great. This will totally depend on the type of flowers you purchase but mine stood up tall and didn’t look quite right. I purchased extra greenery for about $4 at the grocery store and that is the trick. Tuck the greenery all around the sides so it billows over the pumpkin and creates a fuller arrangement. I added some rosemary sticks from our yard for a little fragrance and a little more height.
And I think this is going to look really pretty as the centerpiece for Thanksgiving. You could also do this with a smaller pumpkin as a hostess gift.
Here are a few other ideas you might like: