How to Display Pumpkins

October 7th, 2011 in blog, projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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Weve all seen the pumpkin with flowers. It is a long time favorite of mine and there are some things that just never get old. This post is not about this idea, but rather about the delivery.
Seasonal decorating for me is about using things that I already have in my home...only in a different way than they are normally displayed. This scale is generally in the corner hutch in my dining room, but comes out to play during the Fall and Winter holidays. Its a classic and works well with the traditional style I enjoy now and during the upcoming season.
First I line the dish with moss. Remember moss can be re-used. When I am done with this moss I will put it back in its plastic bag that I always keep on hand for these types of projects. What would a girl do without moss? I dont want to find out!
If you have never done this with a pumpkin before...its simple. Hollow out your pumpkin, add wet floral foam, and arrange your flowers. Leave room to put the cap back on. The cap is held in place with a floral stick you can find at craft stores.
And the cap is on!
Bright orange pumpkins are rarely my first color choice. I love soft orange, white, green, and the very cool blue ones. With that said, I did choose bright orange this time because the scale is oozing with time-worn tradition. Sometimes the best design choice is to go with the flow. When choosing pumpkins of any variety I always pay close attention to the stem. The more twisted and bent the better. Kind of like my personality. Mwa, ah, ah! That is my best and scariest Hallooween laugh.
You here me talking about repeating all of the time. I lined the dish with the moss so I repeated it around the floral in the pumpkin. It gives it a finished look and a nice flow.
Hypericum berries are a trusted friend of mine. I chose to make a little nest of them in the moss lined dish as an accent. They come in a wide variety of yummy colors. I used green, red, and apricot. It truly is all in the details!
You dont have to spend a ton on flowers, but it is always nice to throw a focal into the mix. Mixed with the less exppensive flowers is this too die for rose. Look at that color. Mmm, mmm, good!
Those of you who know me...know that I have a thing about twigs. I use them whenever I have the opportunity. In this case I just went to my woods and found little babies that were just right for this arrangement. A little bling? But of course! Dont over do it...just add a nice touch of sparkle!
I moved my favorite corbel from the sofa table to the coffee table. It lends a nice texture and a needed pop of white to the arrangement. I picked up some small gourds and simply displayed them at the base of the scale. I love the shape and the color of the gourds. They repeat the color of the flowers and the white gourd plays well with the corbel. It just kind of brings your eyes around the whole arrangement and gives them a place to rest.
And there you have it. Simple elegance with trational good looks.
Weve all seen the pumpkin with flowers. It is a long time favorite of mine and there are some things that just never get old. This post is not about this idea, but rather about the delivery.

We've all seen the pumpkin with flowers. It is a long time favorite of mine and there are some things that just never get old. This post is not about this idea, but rather about the delivery.


I'm going to spend the next week or so posting on pumpkin and gourd display. As many of you know I am not a huge fan of Halloween and all of the garish things that go along with it. I know that I am risking having rotten eggs thrown at me because Halloween is a favorite of many people. I, on the other hand opt for classic charm when it comes to this time of year over ghosts, goblins, hairy spiders, and tombstones. Sorry! Here is a traditional idea with a twist for your coffee or dining table.


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Comments (4)

JunQueen writes: I too agree with your choice of decorating. I decorate for fall not Halloween and this way I can keep my pumpkins and leaves etc up until Thanksgiving. Love the pumpkin!

Laurie Posted: 3:21 pm on October 17th
MakinItHappen writes: Everything about that arrangement is beautiful! Posted: 12:36 pm on October 17th
greencolleen writes: well i thought i was the only one not so fond of halloween. classie fall stylin works soooo much better for me Posted: 7:26 am on October 14th
JunkArchitect writes: I'm with you when it comes to Halloween decorating. Classy is the way to go as opposed to Styrofoam tombstones and fake spider webs all over the bushes. Your pumpkin creation is beautiful and the photos should be in your next book.

Happy fall!

Jim

Posted: 12:14 pm on October 7th
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