Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece DIY

We took cue from our Pinterest board this weekend and used this arrangement as inspiration for our own DIY Thanksgiving table centerpiece. After a quick trip to the California Flower Mall (located in the LA Flower District) and $12 spent on flowers and supplies, we got started on our little project.

What you'll need:
  • A pumpkin: We used a leftover Halloween pumpkin that was laying around the office.
  • Flowers: Any type of flower will work, fresh or silk. We used fresh flowers for this arrangement in red, orange, and yellow hues. Three different flower bunches cost $11.
  • Floral foam: There are different types of floral foam. The absorbent type is for fresh flowers, and the Styrofoam or plastic types are for silk and dried flowers. Make sure you purchase the correct type for the kind of flower you are using. Floral foam cost $1.

Step 1: Cut the top of the pumpkin and scoop out the insides as if creating a jack-o-lantern. Cut a piece of the floral foam to fit inside the pumpkin. We played around with ours, trying different sizes to see which would work best.

Step 2: If you are using fresh flowers, you'll want to soak your floral foam before you begin making your arrangement. Learn how to prepare floral foam here.

Step 3: Cut the flowers so they are slightly taller than your pumpkin. The actual size of the stem will vary depending on the size of your pumpkin.

Step 4: Insert the flowers into the foam. We began by inserting our red sunflowers into the floral foam first. You'll want to create somewhat of a symmetrical look with the larger flowers, so that the arrangement looks balanced. Once you have your "anchors" in place, begin arranging the rest of the flowers into the foam. We tried to have an equal amount of each flower type on all sides of the arrangement.

Voila! Our very own Thanksgiving arrangement! In the end, our pumpkin looked at little too small to be the main table centerpiece so we added a smaller pumpkin to make it stand out more. We definitely suggest using a larger pumpkin if you have a large Thanksgiving spread.

For hours and admission information for LA Flower District flower marts click here.
Four California Flower Mall hours click here. Admission to the California Flower Mall is free.