Yesterday I did a review over on the Frugal is Fabulous! blog for Colleen Dorsey’s book Easy Pumpkin Carving: Spooktacular Patterns, Tips & Ideas. You can read the review here.
What I wanted to do was make a couple of centerpieces for a meal, and then to be able to use the pumpkins to make recipes such as muffins or pancakes. I did not want to carve them. I found some ideas on pages 22 and 23 that I particularly liked.
I wanted flowers and pumpkins, but did not want to hollow out my pumpkins. Instead, I bought autumn floral picks and glued some to the top of each pumpkin, around the stem.
I chose small arrangements of autumn floral picks, and two small pumpkins that would sit nicely on the table.
It was easy to pull the flowers and other items I wanted to use off the picks, and glue them in place where I wanted them.
This was not a time-consuming project, and I ended up with two nice centerpieces. The first was a simple one with leaves and flowers. I simply glued the leaves around the stem, and then topped it off with a few flowers.
This second one was a little different. I started with the leaves again, then added a pinecone and a few other things before adding flowers. I like the look. How about you?
These are great for autumn in general, and also for Thanksgiving. The book has free patterns for Halloween carvings as well.
- They cost less than $10.00 to make.
- I’ll save money in coming years reusing the flowers and other items from the picks.
- I’ll have pumpkin for autumn recipes!
- They will look great at the center any table placed on a runner or placemat.
- These could also be placed on a mantle or on a porch.
How will you decorate your pumpkin?