Just in time for Halloween, our Editors Circle member Empty Vase has a tutorial for a fall-inspired pumpkin centerpiece. The florists at Empty Vase, based in West Hollywood, are known for elevating seasonal trends in unexpected and luxurious ways, and now your autumnal décor will be too! They have chosen to build a monochromatic design within a French heirloom pumpkin – also known as a “Cinderella” pumpkin.
Follow the step-by-step instructions below!
Pumpkin Preservation Tips
First, you’ll want to choose a healthy pumpkin without any soft spots, small holes, or little cuts – these can indicate internal rotting and will cause your overall design to decay faster. Once your pumpkin is hollowed out, soak it in a solution of water with a teaspoon of bleach for at least half an hour to further protect it from decay. Lastly, line the inside of your hollowed pumpkin with a layer of cellophane to prevent any water from transferring from the floral aspect and creating mold.
Creating the Centerpiece
- Lay a generous portion of cellophane inside of the hollow pumpkin, then trim to fit to prevent any leaks, and insert a block of floral foam.
- Take the top of the pumpkin and insert it into the arrangement, with the pick just long enough to hold it in place.
- To create a plush and compact shape, mentally divide the floral foam into three sections.
- Begin filling each section evenly with a full base. For this centerpiece, Empty Vase chose light green hydrangeas – one bunch per section.
- Build each section up evenly with layers of texture and color to add interest.
- After the hydrangeas, add a variety of beautifully textured fall foliage. Empty Vase used smooth dark leaves and pointier oak leaves in autumn colors.
- Ranunculus blossoms in a variety of hues from peach to orange are added next, again section by section. You want to vary shades with a monochromatic arrangement to provide interest and excitement.
- Add small, orange blossoms for another layer of beautiful texture.
- The addition of roses adds a touch of luxury and elegance to the design. Empty Vase chose Ecuadorian roses because they exhibit stunning petal designs and a variation of tone that will help the arrangement pop.
- When working with roses, always peel off any ‘dead’ outer petals, and cut the stem sideways to help with insertion and to allow the flower to drink as much water as possible.
- Light orange dahlias are added next, then butterfly bush for more layers of contrast and texture.
- A final touch of ilex berry branches completes the design and adds an aspect of height.
- The design of your fall-inspired centerpiece is so flexible and the options are truly endless. As long as you remember to showcase a variety of hues in different intensities and textures, your arrangement is sure to look harmonious and stunning.
Photos & tutorial courtesy of Empty Vase