hi all! this is bonnie’s mom, maxine, and i’m so excited to post for you today! i am always inspired by bonnie’s projects- in fact, her whole life inspires me. i inherited a few of her youngest chickens when she left for colorado and they began to lay this week! i was absolutely thrilled. one of them is an easter egger, which means she will lay blue eggs. i really miss bonnie, but i know she’s where she is supposed to be right now, and i’m excited for her.

diy pumpkin fower vase

she asked if i’d like to post instructions for a floral arrangement that i made for becky’s (her sister’s) halloween party. this arrangement would be nice to use through thanksgiving and it’s really very easy to do.

diy pumpkin fower vase
 

supplies:

- a pumpkin
- assorted flowers
- assorted greenery (i used hydrangea stems, bradford pear tree limbs and ornamental grasses, all from my yard)
- chicken wire (about 5″ x 24″) or florists foam (the kind that absorbs water)

diy pumpkin fower vase
 

directions:

step 1: cut out the top of the pumpkin. save it to use in the arrangement.
step 2: clean out the inside of the pumpkin and discard. (seeds and gooey stuff)
step 3: roll up the chicken wire into a loose ball & stuff it inside the pumpkin. it won’t move around if you push it in place. if you don’t have chicken wire you can use florist foam. it needs to be slightly larger than the inside bottom half of the pumpkin so that it will stay firmly in place.
step 4: use a florist pick or wire to attach the pumpkin top to the front side of the pumpkin edge. I used a few 3″ long florist wire pick.
step 5: arrange your flowers as desired. add the greenery where needed.
step 6: fill with water and enjoy!

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  • I did this last week with mini pumpkins, which completely removes the need for the chicken wire/floral foam. I got more comments from neighbors than I’ve ever gotten on carved pumpkins (and are great for more than just Halloween, which I love). Yours looks fantastic!

  • love it – and fun to hear from bonnie’s mama! :)

  • What a gorgeous arrangement! I’d rather do this than carve the pumpkin!

  • Breena | November 1, 2010

    I can hear your momma’s heart, even through my computer ;) I LOVE this idea for decor during this season! Thank you!!

  • Margie | November 1, 2010

    I am going to do this right away with my leftover pumpkins from Halloween. What a beautiful arrangement.

  • Judy Lowery | November 1, 2010

    Feel so blessed to be a part of your family!
    As you well know, you’re Mom is soooo clever.
    Judy

  • Linda P. | November 3, 2010

    Absolutely beautiful and festive, but I’ve never seen anything from you that I just didn’t adore!! I’m new to this blog but not from the shop – adding it to my favorites!! Thanks for this great idea!

  • fantastic. this will definitely add some spice in this holiday.

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