arraignments are a beautiful way to begin the
month of October and are incredibly easy to
make. We almost always use artificial flowers
and foliage in our floral displays, so that we
can use them year after year.
You can make a very festive Autumn floral display with
pumpkin, some assorted artificial Fall colored leaves and flowers, a bag of Autumn
scented potpourri and a minimum of effort.
The first step is to decide what size
floral arrangement you will need for the size table it
will be placed on, and choose the size of the pumpkin
accordingly. To large of a display will over
power the table. While one to small will look
not be as noticeable.
Next, you need to cut the top
of the pumpkin off and gut it just as you would
if you were going to carve it. Using a long, thin bladed
knife, cut out the top of the pumpkin around the stem. The size of the
hole should be about two-thirds the diameter of
the pumpkin. Use extreme care not to cut
yourself. Now use a large
spoon to scrap the inside walls clean. Ice cream
scoops work well for this.
Next, add about a cup or two of the potpourri to
the bottom of the pumpkin. This combined with
the natural fragrance of the pumpkin smells
wonderful. Now you can add the flowers and
foliage by bending and/or cutting there stems as
needed. If the floral arraignment will be
viewable from all sides, make sure that the
flowers face in all directions. If not, just
face them in the viewable area's.
Generally, you want to place large flowers in
the center of the arraignment, smaller ones
outside of these and buds around the outer edges
of the arrangement.
Be sure to place your floral display on a large
doily or placemat to prevent any marking on your
pumpkin will start to deteriorate and only last anywhere from
a day to a week at most.
There are spray-on
pumpkin preservers that help to restrict mold and extend the age of a pumpkin.
Making a floral display from a small plastic
cauldron is even easier than from a pumpkin
because you don't have to gut the pumpkin.
you need is a cauldron, assorted
Fall colored leaves and flowers, and a bag of scented
Just add some potpourri to the bottom of the
cauldron and then add the flowers and foliage
you've chosen by bending and/or cutting there
stems as needed.
Nothing say's I love you like bouquet of black roses! My
wife and I were married on Halloween night and
for our thirteenth wedding anniversary I made a
very special and appropriate flower arraignment for her.
thirteen artificial black roses to symbolize the
number of years we had been together into a tall glass
I added a small amount of assorted dark
colored foliage, then filled the vase to the top
with ruby red decorative glass pebbles.