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posted: 10/21/13

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DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece | An easy and inexpensive floral arrangement that is the perfect hostess gift!

DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece | An easy and inexpensive floral arrangement that is the perfect hostess gift! via www.wineandglue.com

My mom was a really classy lady. And I don’t mean classy in the way you would normally think of it. Picturing her, I can still see her in mom shorts, Birkenstocks, an ill fitting t-shirt, and an old lady zip up. And she wasn’t an old lady.

No, my mom was classy in the amazing human being sort of way.

She didn’t hold grudges. She didn’t gossip. She rarely said things about people that she wouldn’t feel comfortable saying right to them. And even when there were people in her life that treated her  . . . roughly . . . . she continued to treat them with respect and kindness.

My mom didn’t have a million friends, but the friends that she did have were kind and admirable people. She was an amazing role model for how to treat other people, especially women, in a world where I feel like women are continuously degrading and berating each other.

There have been so many times since my mom has died that I have thought to myself, how would my mom want me to act in this situation. What could I do that would make her proud of the person I’ve become, of the woman that she raised?

DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece | An easy and inexpensive floral arrangement that is the perfect hostess gift! via www.wineandglue.com

All this brings me to flowers. My mom was always bringing people flowers, whether it was for holidays, because they weren’t feeling well, or just because she wanted to share a small piece of her amazing flower garden with them. It was one of the many ways that she showered others with kindness.

So let me share with you an easy flower arrangement that even my mom would have been proud to give. I saw this years ago, and I wish I could tell you where. All I can tell you is that it’s a genius idea, but definitely not mine.

You start with a small pumpkin and a small flower arrangement (mine was a baking pumpkin and small bunch of flowers from Trader Joe’s – both together were about $6). Cut open your pumpkin, and carve out the guts. (My mom would never have said ‘guts’ in a post about a floral arrangement.)

DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece | An easy and inexpensive floral arrangement that is the perfect hostess gift! via www.wineandglue.com

Grab some pre-soaked floral foam and cut it to fit through the hole in the top of the pumpkin. Use the floral foam scraps to fit between the main piece of floral foam and edge of the pumpkin, securing it in place.

DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece | An easy and inexpensive floral arrangement that is the perfect hostess gift! via www.wineandglue.com

Then add your flowers, one at a time. Remember when cutting your flowers that you can always cut them shorter, but you can’t make them longer again :) Save some of the leaves to tuck in around the edges at the end.

DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece | An easy and inexpensive floral arrangement that is the perfect hostess gift! via www.wineandglue.com

Carefully fill the pumpkin with water, and admire.

DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece | An easy and inexpensive floral arrangement that is the perfect hostess gift! via www.wineandglue.com

I love this idea as a hostess gift, or a slightly bigger version as a Thanksgiving centerpiece. Or an easier version where you just pop a potted plant in there.

But I especially love it as the centerpiece for a fall wedding! Can you imagine? Maybe with some small mason jars around the pumpkins with little tea lights?

DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece | An easy and inexpensive floral arrangement that is the perfect hostess gift! via www.wineandglue.com

Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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  1. Sheila Llanas says

    Beautiful! I want to make this for my sisters.

  2. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    Such a great post Lisa! And the photos are stunning!

  3. kelley @ Miss Information says

    So cute and great job on those pics, congrats on getting out of you box!

  4. Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff says

    Pretty flower arrangement, photos … most of all pretty memories!

  5. Barbara says

    Lovely — I’m going to make this! Nice story about your mom, too — I’m so sorry you lost her, but wonderful that you have these great memories.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you so much Barbara! I hope it turns out for you!

  6. Susan Berg says

    Thank you for the great idea. I am going to make this for my family’s Thanksgiving centerpiece.

    • Lisa Longley says

      You are welcome Susan! I hope your family loved it!

  7. Natalia says

    I like your idea,only question is how long it will last? thank you

    • Lisa Longley says

      I made this several years ago and it lasted as long as you would expect grocery store flowers to last, about four or five days.

  8. Deb D says

    Love the idea, so pretty. I will be making this for a Thanksgiving centerpiece to take to my daughters house. Thank you!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you love it!

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