Pump up your fall flower arrangements.

Pumpkins aren’t just for carving, they can also serve as festive floral decor. In just a few steps, you’ll have a pretty planter that fits right in with your multicolored gourds and fall landscaping.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Medium-to-large sized pumpkin
  • Potted flowers (like mums, for example)
  • Metal spoon or scoop
  • Carving knife
  • Gloves
  • Potting soil

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STEP ONE:

Cut out the top of your pumpkin with your carving knife.

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STEP TWO:

Scoop out all the pumpkin seeds, fibrous strands and pulp. (Save the seeds to roast later!)

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STEP THREE:

Fill pumpkin ⅔ – ¾ of the way with damp potting soil and plant your flowers.

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DECORATING TIPS:

Create three pumpkins, each devoted to a differently colored flower or plant: for example, yellow and red mums in the first, lavender autumn crocuses in the second and ornamental grass in the third. Or consider leaving your pumpkin whole (no hole!) and topping with moss and succulents.

But don’t stop here! Complement your pumpkin planter with a DIY fall wreath to add even more curb appeal.