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Liz’s rant: Fast and Festive Fall Centerpiece

I needed a break from writing yesterday, but still felt the need to be creative. While I don’t really do much in the line of decorating for Halloween or Thanksgiving, I do enjoy bringing a touch of fall into the house.

Just so you know, this isn’t a Liz Original. I think I ran across the idea at some point last year, when Coffee Break brought you the Craftdown to Christmas. And for whatever reason, it came to mind as a perfectly simple yet snazzy idea to try. Frankly, I’m pretty pleased. I think you will be, too!

So here’s how you make this centerpiece:

What you’ll need:

  • A pumpkin or gourd
  • Fresh or artificial fall flowers
  • About 15 minutes :-)

How to do it:

  • Cut the top off the pumpkin, as if you were making a jack-0-lantern, being sure to scoop out all the guts. Set seeds aside, if desired.
  • If you have time, allow the pumpkin to dry out for a couple of hours. If not, no big deal.
  • Arrange fresh or artificial flowers in pumpkin. Don’t forget to add water and maybe a little flower food if using fresh flowers!
  • Voila!

See how easy that was? So easy that you could wash off the pumpkin seeds, roast ‘em and snack on ‘em while sitting back and admiring your new centerpiece. Kate gives you step by step directions here!


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