Painted Pumpkin Floral Vases Tutorial

pumpkin fall floral craft

I love decorating for fall!  It's probably the season I get most excited decorating for (other than Christmas).  But just using the traditional orange-yellow colors gets a little boring.  Why not add some fun contrast with bright greens and blues? I'm all for it!

I discovered the idea for pumpkin vases over at Green Wedding Shoes, but I wanted to add more color and I don't have a rose bush in my yard so I tried out Zinnias, Geraniums, and Cosmos flowers instead.

Here's how I made my vases:

mini pumpkins
acrylic craft paints
paint brush
large nail or nut pick
fresh cut flowers (or if you want these to last longer, you can use fake flowers)

Step 1:  Choose a color scheme of 3 or 4 colors and paint your pumpkins with acrylic craft paint and let dry.  You can do many things with this part. I chose to do a little ombre.

pumpkin fall floral craft
ombre pumpkins

Step 2: With a large nail or nut pick, create a few small holes in the tops of the pumpkins by hammering the pick into to top.

Step 3: Cut flower stems to desired size and slip them into the holes in the tops of the pumpkins.  You may need to enlarge some of the holes to get the stems to fit.

Ombre painted pumpkin floral vases: Grow Creative

Arrange your pumpkin vases on a table to enjoy! If using these for a party, prepare them right before.  The fresh flowers don't last long!

Mini Pumpkin Floral Craft
Mini Pumpkin Floral Craft
creative pumpkin carving ideas


  1. Those are so clever and adorable! If I entertained, or even decorated for holidays, this is something I would do! I don't like yellows or orange, but I think pumpkins are a lovely shape and this is such a cute way to display them!

  2. Interesting, I never even considered changing the fall colors, I actually like the contrast, great idea


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