How to: DIY Fall Pumpkin Centerpiece

How to: DIY Fall Pumpkin Centerpiece


Fall is a time for gathering, activities move indoors and the weather begins to cool off. Fall decor is a perfect way to add warmth and bring a touch of nature into your home. Centerpieces create a great focal point- perfect for dining room tables, entry walls, and even coffee tables and just in time for Thanksgiving! 

This fall pumpkin centerpiece DIY tutorial will walk you through the steps to create a floral pumpkin centerpiece that will have your guest swooning. 

I like the use a variety of textures in my floral arrangements. In this particular one I choose some deep red and green greenery, some white hydrangeas, thistle, brown twigs and green cattail. I love mixing deep fall colors with light and fresh colors for a more simple and clean fall look. Whole Foods and Trader Joe's are great places to find unique fresh flowers. I also choose an heirloom pumpkin because I loved its muted blue/green color. 



  • Pumpking
  • Flowers
  • Greenery 
  • Accessories: twigs, raffata (optional)
  • Scissors 
  • Knife 
  • Water
  • Bleach 
  • Craft paper or newspaper 

How to:

1. Set your pumpkin on a flat surface make sure it is balanced and straight. I recommend doing this DIY on craft paper or newspaper to avoid a messy cleanup.


2. Carve a circle into the top of your pumpkin. The circle should be about 4" in diameter.

3. Remove the steam and circle you just carved out.


4. Remove all the seeds and pulp from inside the pumpkin. A spoon works great for scraping.

5. After you have removed all the seed and pulp you will want to wash out the inside of your pumpkin then rinse the inside with a diluted bleach mixture. (1 tbsp of bleach to 1 gallon of water) This helps reduce the growth of bacteria and mold inside your pumpkin. 


6. Begin arranging your flowers. I started with my hydrangeas because they had the fullest bloom width. Then I filled in with greenery, thistle, cattails and branches. There is no certain art to arranging your florals. I just start placing them in and moving them around until I get a look I like. 

7. I finished the pumpkin centerpiece with some raffata. 



8. Add water into the bowl you created inside the pumpkin. 

9. Enjoy! Place somewhere in your home that needs a touch of fall decor


You can make these is various sizes using different size pumpkins to create a beautiful centerpiece. Get creative with your fall decor and have fun with it. Be sure to tag @plumprettydecoranddesign or use hashtag #plumprettydecoranddesign to show off your pumpkin centerpiece.

With Love,