How to: Pumpkin

Last week it was mostly pumpkins at class.  I love the little details that were incorporated into the designs including sequin spiders, some lovely ribbon detailing and glue-gun cobwebs.  Most of the arrangements were made with the floral foam inside the pumpkin, although several were created by attaching the floral foam to the pumpkin stalk.

If you’d like to have a go at making your own floral pumpkin, here are six steps to follow:

1. Select your pumpkin

A word of warning pumpkins are heavy, add in the weight of water-soaked floral foam and they become even heavier.  Make sure you’re going to be able to lift your masterpiece from the workbench to its final resting place.

2. To scoop, or not?

Cutting the top off your pumpkin and scooping out the innards (with a metal spoon) will make your arrangement more secure.  However, the pumpkin will start to rot once it’s exposed to the air.  Arranging on top of your pumpkin will mean it will last longer; but the floral foam won’t be quite as secure.


3. Prepare your flowers and foliage

Check out my YouTube clip for some advice, if you’re not sure what to do.

4. Making a start

I lined my pumpkin with cellophane and then added soaked floral foam.  Next, I skewered lengths of kebab stick through the lid of my pumpkin and pushed the other ends into the floral foam, so that the lid became an integral part of my design.  Then I added my greenery.




5. Give it some height

I added some sticks for height and used these to support some gerbera running up through the centre of the arrangement.  After that, I created a carpet of flowers at the base of the design.






6. To finish

As a finishing touch I add some lichen-covered twigs and some finer dried roots that I fished out of the compost heap!


If you decide to give this project a go, I’d love to hear how you got on.



Until next time, happy flowers!

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