Decorating Ideas for Fall: DIY Autumn Centerpiece

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”

― Lauren DeStefano, Wither

The bursting colors of the autumnal foliage are truly captivating and inspiring. These colors have inspired much of this season’s fall decorating trends, and centerpieces are a great way to incorporate both this season’s products and colors into your home. Centerpieces are also great tools to make rooms in your home more inviting and centralized, making them one of the easiest and most often used tools for home staging. The following fall inspired centerpiece uses a hollowed out pumpkin as the vase, and fills the vase with leaves and flowers bursting with autumn colors that could warm you décor on crisp fall days.

DIY Autumn Centerpiece

Items needed:

  • Serrated knife
  • Metal scoop/spoon
  • Cheese pumpkin
  • Small round plastic container
  • Floral sponge
  • 6-8 “fall” flowers
  • Dried leaves



1. Turn the small round plastic container upside down and place on top of the pumpkin. Trace around the lip of the container to get the appropriate circle size.  Please note: the size of your container should be in proportion to the size of your pumpkin you choose because this container will fit snugly inside the pumpkin.

2. Cut the top off your pumpkin with your serrated knife using the circle created in step 1 as a guide.

3. Remove the innards of the pumpkin using your hands or a spoon. Be sure to get as much fiber out as possible. Use the metal spoon scraping the walls to ensure your pumpkin is hollowed out as much as possible. You can preserve your pumpkin by soaking it in a solution of bleach and water to keep it free of microbial and keep it adequately hydrated.

4. Place your plastic container inside your hollowed out pumpkin. The floral sponge should be placed inside the plastic container. The size of the sponge should be in proportion to the plastic container.

5. Now you can begin arranging the flowers and foliage. Start by inserting the dried leaves around the perimeter of the floral sponge. I used dried oak leaves. Then, insert the flowers into the floral sponge. I used six queensday orange roses and two sunflowers. When arranging the flowers and foliage, be mindful to do in such a way that conceals the container.  I completed the looked by inserting fragrant 6 branches of dried eucalyptus.

This DIY Autumn Centerpiece was inspired by this Martha Stewart’s video, and here is a link that offers tips to preserve your carved pumpkin to ensure you will have this centerpiece well into the end of the fall season.

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