How to Make Fall Table Centerpieces


Fall centerpieces brighten the table during family meals, weddings and events. Fall flowers are at the peak of display and color. Pumpkin and gourd containers serve as a base for whimsical to formal table arrangements. Harvest gourds and flowers from the garden or use silk components with containers. Add natural elements, including nuts, dried pods, sprigs of berries, and grasses as textural elements. Fall flower choices include carnation, yellow sunflower, rust zinnia, orange gerbera daisy, burgundy dahlia, orchid, purple scabious, rose and lily.

Step 1

Remove the top and stem of the real pumpkin or gourd. Scoop out the interior with the large spoon. Cut a piece of floral foam and push it down into the pumpkin, gourd or container. Add water to the foam to keep the fresh flowers hydrated in the fall centerpiece.

Step 2

Cut twigs or stems of a leaf branch to a 4- to 6-inch length. Insert into the foam at the edge. The leaves spread out over the pumpkin or container top to flow down the side. Add one or two more leaf twigs.

Step 3

Choose one flower stem to be used as the main flower in the fall centerpiece. Cut the stem on the slant. Cut silk flowers straight across the wire stem with wire cutters. Insert flower stem into the center of the floral foam.

Step 4

Cut additional flower stems and insert them into the foam. Turn the pumpkin, gourd or container as the arrangement progresses to see if the centerpiece is even around the shape.

Step 5

Add dried grasses, hypericum berry sprigs, seedpods and natural elements to fill in any bare spots.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be careful not to overfill the floral arrangement with additional natural elements.

Things You'll Need

  • Ripened pumpkin or gourd, plastic or ceramic pumpkin
  • Sharp knife
  • Large spoon
  • Fall leaves
  • Florist foam
  • Fresh or silk autumn flowers, gerbera daisies, carnation, sunflowers, lilies, chrysanthemum


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About this Author

Suzie Faloon is a freelance writer who has written online content for Demand Studios and Associated Content. As a professional crafter and floral designer, Faloon owned a florist business for nearly 25 years. She completed the Institute of Children's Literature course in 1988.