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How to Make a Pumpkin Vase

A Pretty Pumpkin Centerpiece For Your Fall Table

If you master just one thing for Fall entertaining, make it this centerpiece. Versatile enough for both Halloween and Thanksgiving, this floral arrangement in a hollowed-out pumpkin is affordable, easy to do, and impressive. In a matter of minutes, you'll have a statement piece that will set the scene for any occasion within the upcoming weeks — no green thumb or craft skills needed.


  • Medium-sized pumpkin: This can vary in size and color depending on your occasion and theme. Just be sure it is large enough to hold a mason jar.
  • Mason jar or small vase
  • Carving knife (a sharp kitchen knife works too)
  • Floral shears or an old pair of scissors
  • Variety of Fall flowers and foliage


  1. Start by carving a hole in the top of your pumpkin and hollowing out the middle, creating room for your vase. No need to make a clean cut, as it will not be visible once your flowers are added.
  2. With an assortment of flowers and these tips, style your arrangement. Use foliage to add volume and fill in any gaps.
  3. Add the flowers to the vase, set the pumpkin on your table, and complete your tablescape!

The beauty of this project is that it can be thrown together in a hurry and it can be adapted to any occasion. While we used an heirloom pumpkin for our table, the same steps can be applied to make a centerpiece for a Halloween party (e.g., fill an all-white pumpkin with orange roses and black branches). To complete the look, line a table runner with squash and other seasonal details!

Want more dinner party ideas? Consider making a kraft paper menu, leaf placards, or these metallic candle holders this Fall!

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