How to Turn a Pumpkin into a Centerpiece

Tired of only using pumpkins to make jack-o-lanterns? We recently came across this picture on Facebook and thought it was just genius! If you can get your hands on some smaller pumpkins, you can easily turn them into decorative table centerpieces and vases for the entire Fall season. Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Find a small pumpkin and cut a hole in the top. Unlike a jack-o-lantern where you cut at an angle since you’ll be replacing the top as a lid, for this one you want to cut straight down.
  2. Scoop out the seeds and strings. And don’t throw out the seeds! You can rinse them off and turn them into a snack or a crunchy topping for soups.
  3. Take a tin can (leftover from canned beans or anything you have in the pantry) and insert it into the hole.
Turn any pumpkin into a floral centerpiece

From there, the sky’s the limit on what you can do. Some ideas to get your started:

  • Fill it with water and turn it into a vase for fresh flowers.
  • Find twigs, foliage, and pinecones to make it a natural centerpiece.
  • Turn it into a candle holder: either use a large, tall candle that fits the size of the tin can or, fill the can with dried beans or lentil and insert a tall, skinny, tapered candle. The beans will hold it in place.
  • For smaller pumpkins, fill the can with scented oil and use it as a reed diffuser.
  • For bigger pumpkins, fill the can with wrapped candy and use it as your Halloween candy jar.
  • Fill it with dried flowers or your favorite potpourri for a scented addition.

If you really want to change things up, consider painting the pumpkins a fun color to match the rest of your decor.

How to Make a Pumpkin Vase Centerpiece


(Photo credit: 52 Weeks Project)


What are your favorite ways to decorate around the house for the Fall on a budget? Let us know in the comments!