Monday, November 3, 2008

Fall Floral Pumpkin Centerpiece

This is a craft you will want to make no more than 3 days before it's use, the pumpkin will start to deteriorate about the 4th day depending upon it's freshness.

Materials Needed:
Pie pumpkins
Assorted Silk Fall Flowers
Tacky Glue
Aluminum Foil (for stuffing)
Wire cutters

Using your knife, cut open the top of your pumpkin and scoop out all the insides and discard. A parent should always supervise any child no matter what age.

The styrofoam we chose was not as tall as our pumpkins so we needed to stuff aluminum foil in the bottom to raise it up level with the cut top of the pumpkin. Next we carved the styrofoam until it fit into the pumpkin and used the carvings to fill in around the edges and squished it all together so it looked as if it were one solid piece (see photo below). Apply tacky glue to the styrofoam and add a generous amount of moss to hide the foam.

Now the fun begins, start with any large flowers first and work around symmetrically until it looks perfect to you. There is really no wrong way to do it. You may want to start by clipping off all your flowers first or you can clip them as you go along, but you will need to do some clipping with your wire cutters to use only the parts you want for your centerpiece. I suggest the parents also do the clipping, Holly found it was a little hard to clip with her small hands.

This took us approximately a half hour from start to finish and they make a wonderful centerpiece for your fall or Thanksgiving table.

Kemi and Holly Doran

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