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Pumpkin Fall Centerpiece

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 by in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Fall is my favorite season. I love how the leaves change, how the air smells, the beauty all around, and the chill in the morning that has me reaching for my scarf and a hot cup of coffee. Matt and I were married almost three years ago this month. We chose a late October wedding at the beach. We set the date for the last weekend in October because the leaves would be at their peak.

I have to laugh because we had anything but a storybook wedding. We actually were married in an Nor’easter. The main bridge to the beach where we were getting married was flooded. Our church had water coming in the front door and dripping from the ceiling. We also experienced hurricane winds, hail, snow, and then finally a glimmer of sunshine all in a couple of hours! LOL!

Every year I get excited to create centerpieces and wreaths to display around the house. This year, I decided to use materials that I could reuse for years to come. I’m thrilled to share with you what I came up with and hope you are able to make something similar! To pull it all together, I created three separate pumpkin tutorials for you.

Create a Fall centerpiece by gathering leaves,twigs, pumpkins, berries, etc.

Create a Fall centerpiece by gathering leaves,twigs, pumpkins, berries, etc.

Cinderella Pumpkin:

I love the Cinderella Pumpkin! It reminds me of my childhood, fairy tales, and it provides an alternative to the traditional orange pumpkin. They come in all shapes and sizes. Typically, I pick out the pumpkins that are wide and flat so that I can stack several of the pumpkins beside my door. I went to Michael’s and bought one on sale for $4.99. I wanted to create a pumpkin that was magazine worthy and wasn’t the typical Fall decor.

Cinderella Pumpkin

Cinderella Pumpkin

Awhile back, I bought a bag net full of seashells. I kept the net for a future project such as this. This was the easiest DIY so far. All I had to do was place the Cinderella pumpkin in the net. Twist the top of the netting and form the stem. Thrifty Tip: Now is the time pick up beach decor and netting because retail stores are trying to offload their Summer product.

Repurpose beach decor for the Fall by placing the pumpkin in the netting.

Repurpose beach décor for the Fall by placing the pumpkin in the netting.

Add mixed berries to create another dimension to the pumpkin.

DIY Cinderella Pumpkin centerpiece

Fall Pumpkin

The twist on the standard pumpkin.

The twist on the standard pumpkin.

Burlap Pumpkin:

Creating a burlap pumpkin is fairly easy and takes about 30 minutes when it’s all said and done. You will need a plastic pumpkin, burlap ribbon, a hot glue gun and glue sticks.

DIY: Turn a standard plastic pumpkin into a rustic centerpiece.

Turn a standard plastic pumpkin into a rustic centerpiece.

Cut the burlap ribbon in strands. They should be long enough that they can wrap from one side of the pumpkin to the other. Fold the ribbon in half and hot glue the edges together.

Burlap Ribbon

Burlap Ribbon

Arrange the strands so they will overlap seamlessly. If you haphazardly glue the strands, the base of the pumpkin will be bumpy and uneven, causing the pumpkin to be off-center. When gluing, make sure you face the hot glued edges of the ribbon away from each other.

Layout the strands before gluing them to the pumpkin.

Layout the strands before gluing them to the pumpkin.

Place the pumpkin on the strands. Hot glue the strand that the pumpkin is directly touching. After hot gluing the first ribbon, glue the remaining one at a time so the strands line up seamlessly next to one another. After covering the entire pumpkin, glue 3 additional pieces to create another layer and add dimension.

Hot glue the ribbon.

Hot glue the ribbon.

Twist the tops of the ribbon and hot glue them together to create a stem. Add a burlap flower and you are done.

DIY Burlap Pumpkin and Burlap Flower

Burlap Pumpkin and flower.

Pumpkin Vase:

I created the pumpkin vase as the focal point of my centerpiece. To create the vase, I purchased a mason jar and plastic pumpkin. Place the mason jar on top of the pumpkin and trace the base. Using a knife, cut along the traced circle and remove the top. Insert the mason jar into the hole.

Carve your pumpkin and insert a mason jar.

Carve your pumpkin and insert a mason jar.

I wanted to create a vase that could hold either artificial or fresh flowers. If you choose go fill the vase with fresh flowers, all you need to do is fill the jar with water.

I went the artificial route for now. I arranged twigs, berries, a burlap sunflower, mini lotus and lotus pods in the mason jar.

Fall Pumpkin

Fall Pumpkin

When I completed the arrangement, I placed the net and burlap pumpkins on either side of the vase. Then I brought it leaves, gourds, and miniature glass jugs.

DIY Cinderella Pumpkin

Cinderella Pumpkin

DIY Burlap Pumpkin

Burlap Pumpkin

DIY Fall Centerpiece

Aerial shot of my centerpiece.

DIY Fall Centerpiece

Fall Centerpiece

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