Turn small pumpkins into vases for your floral centerpieces #Decor DIY#Floral DIY#centerpiece#diy centerpiece#fall weddings#halloween#steal-this-idea Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Nov 1 2012) Guest post by Suzanimated We hosted a party at our house, and I decided that this would be a great opportunity to test out the cost and time effectiveness of my DIY centerpiece idea: flowers in a real pumpkin vase. Here's how I pulled it off… Materials: Floral block Small pumpkins Pumpkin cutting materials I used one store-bought bouquet per pumpkin Step 1: Cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin — don't worry about being pretty — and scoop out the entrails. I've done this a few time in my life at this point, but every time I do it, I still get mad at how easy Lucy makes it look in "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" compared to how labor intensive this is in real life. Step 2: When the pumpkin in hollowed out, take the blade and cut carefully and slowly to remove the top 1/5 of the pumpkin, leaving a horizontal edge on the cut lip of the pumpkin. If you want to get fancy, you could probably carve a pattern into it. A wipe down of lemon juice will help the edges stay fresh. Step 3: Cut a chunk of wet floral block to stick in the pumpkin. (Side note: I noticed while I was doing this that the stuff was labeled "known to cause reproductive issues in the state of California." Since actually being in New York isn't likely to protect me from this, I am looking for safer alternatives, and will take any suggestions.) Get the floral block all wet, and place it in the pumpkin shell. Step 4: Arrange the flowers as you like. I didn't really have a plan, just went with what kind of made sense to me based on the flowers that were cheap, pretty, and the right colors when I went shopping. This was the most fun part! Total time: 15 minutes per pumpkin. I have five bridesmaids, and at least four of them will probably be able to help with a DIY project like this the day before the actual wedding. The DIY flower pumpkin allows me to have real flowers, and it allows me to spend some time being crafty, which I love to do! Guest post written by Suzanimated I'm an editor and concept designer at a comic book company. My favorite musician is David Bowie, my favorite video games are Zelda and Kingdom Hearts, and my favorite author is Terry Pratchett. http://animatedthingsclub.com PREVIOUS Katie & Jesse's outdoor Halloween shindig NEXT A steampunk soiree with an amazingly detailed cake Show/Hide comments [ 1 ] You could also just take a good chef's knife, sit the pumpkin on its side and cut off the top so it takes a step out. I do that for when I'm either just using the pumpkin for food or as a container for dips and such. Also practically everything including buildings has that warning label out here in CA. Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.