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Pumpkin Flower Vase

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, October 2006


Pumpkins wear many hats this time of year, appearing in pies and soups as well as in centerpieces. Here's another use: Transform one into a colorful homemade vase.


  • A round pumpkin

  • Cylindrical-shaped container

  • Knife or pumpkin-carving tool

  • Pen

  • Pumpkin scoop or spoon

  • Flower food

  • Water

  • Seasonal flowers


  1. Put the cylindrical-shaped container on top of the pumpkin, to use as tracing guide. Using a pen, trace outside rim of container and score for a perfect fit.

  2. Cut off the top of the pumpkin. Be careful not to break the stem when removing the top.

  3. Scoop out the pulp on the inside with a pumpkin scoop or spoon. Discard pulp.

  4. Place the cylindrical container inside the pumpkin to hold the flowers.

  5. Pour water into the container and add flower food.

  6. Arrange a variety of seasonal flowers such as dahlias, cockscombs, rose hips, and mini crab apples.

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