Pretty pumpkin pomanders make lovely Fall centerpieces for everyday tables or as Thanksgiving table decorations. I love to make pomanders with real oranges studded with cloves around the holidays. I thought, why not expand that idea to pumpkins and flowers? I used a craft pumpkin and silk flowers so my pumpkin pomander would last the entire season (and come back next Autumn).
These flower-covered pumpkins are simple to make and the color variations are endless. You could use colored flower to match any home’s decor. You can use big or small craft pumpkins and use varying heights of candlesticks to display the pumpkins.
What You’ll Need:
- Craft Pumpkin
- Silk Flowers (enough to cover your pumpkin completely)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Sharp-tipped Pen (or other object to help you punch a pen-sized hole in the pumpkin)
How To Make:
1. Remove the flower “heads” from the stems. Mine slipped right off, but you can snip them off with scissors if needed. The back of the flower head should have a little part that pokes out, where it used to join the stem. That is the part that will go into the pumpkin.
2. Start putting flowers at the top of your pumpkin (at the base of the pumpkin stem): Use a pen (or sharp-tipped object) to make a pen-sized hole about 1/4 inch deep into the craft pumpkin. Craft pumpkins are usually hollow on the inside, and not too hard to put holes in with a sharp object.
3. Apply a small amount of hot glue inside the hole and insert the flower (use that little poky part on the back of the flower head) into the hole before the glue dries.
4. Now you are ready for the next flower to go on, right next to the one you just put in. *TIP: Before punching a hole in the pumpkin, hold the flower head against the pumpkin where you want it to go. Note where the little poky stem part is touching the pumpkin, and use the pen to make your hole in that spot. Don’t worry if you mess up, you can always start over – the holes are not going to show when you are finished.
5. Continue to place flowers (as close as possible without overlapping) next to each other, going around the pumpkin until you reach the bottom curve of the pumpkin. The bottom of the pumpkin does not need to be covered with flowers if you plan to sit the pumpkin on a flat surface (such as a table or candlestick).
What are your favorite ideas for Fall decorating? Do you set out special Fall Table Decorations? Let me know if you have any questions about how to make this craft pumpkin pomander. (Just leave a comment below, and I’ll see it.)