Halloween may be over, but that doesn't mean you need to get rid of your pumpkin. If you are like me and love looking at creative centerpieces on Pinterest for your holiday table, you will love this easy DIY project.
Photo Credit: Mar Jennings
I happened to stop by author, TV Lifestyle Expert, and my BFF Mar Jennings' house the other day to learn how to put my pumpkins to good use (after all Halloween here in Westchester, NY was a bit of a bust thanks to Hurricane Sandy). This centerpiece was so much fun and easy to make, chances are you already have everything you need for this project. Most of all, take this advice from Mar -- Take your time and enjoy the process.
Here's what you will need for this project:
• A small pumpkin about 6-8 inches wide.
• One cube of oasis foam -- available at your local garden center or craft store
• Flowers of choice
• Garden clippings (if available)
• Two toothpicks
• A soup spoon
• A paring knife
Then follow the 5 Steps below for an easy and beautiful bouquet straight from the garden to your table.
Carefully cut out the top of your pumpkin with the paring knife. Remove the pulp and seeds by scraping along the sides with a spoon. Remember to place the top (with stem intact) to the side. You will use it later.
Cut a piece of oasis foam to fit the opening of your pumpkin exactly. The oasis needs to stretch from one side to the other so it can be wedged in place. You want it to fit snuggly with no movement. Fortunately, Mar didn't grade me on the neatness since no one will see inside. Slowly add water until the oasis absorbs it all.
We were fortunate enough to use clippings from Mar's Rosebrook Gardens. Here's some great floral and greenery clipping ideas: Holly, Boxwood clippings, Sedum, Hydrangeas and Cat Tails from grasses, Ivy, Fern leaves, Mums, Phlox, Montauk Daisies, Butterfly Bush flowers and Mar's favorite for this project—Astilbe. If you couldn't tell by now, Mar is a gifted gardner whose home and garden have been featured in numerous books and garden tours.
Create your own arrangement. According Mar, there are only two tips you need for success: 1) Vary the textures and colors of your clippings. 2) Maintain the perfect scale by not going taller than twice the height of the pumpkin itself. We used garden moss around the opening to cover up any visible oasis foam. A really nice finishing touch.
Lastly, use toothpicks to attach the top to the outside of the pumpkin. Stick them into the pumpkin at an angle about an inch from the opening and about an inch apart. Then, attach the pumpkin top to the side of the pumpkin at a slight angle. Voila!
For more "Mar"-velous ideas for the home and garden check out MarJennings.com or even better pick up his book "Life On Mar's - A Four Season Garden". This coffee table book is filled with great entertaining ideas, recipes and gardening tips for every season.
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