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Designing a Fall Table Centerpiece for Every Occasion

Finding a fall table centerpiece that can last the whole season can be a challenge. However, with just a few supplies and some creativity, you can make your own centerpiece to match your fall style!

These fall table centerpiece ideas are easily varied to incorporate your desired colors and aesthetic. Read on to learn all about designing a fall table centerpiece for every occasion!

Creating a fall table centerpiece with pumpkins and blue flowers

Designing Your Flowering Pumpkin Centerpiece

Save time and money by creating a flowering pumpkin centerpiece that will be appropriate for all the fall holidays!

Necessary Supplies

Begin by gathering the necessary supplies you’ll need to create your fall table centerpiece.

Visit your local craft store or order a hard-sided faux pumpkin of your desired size.

Next, choose which variety and color of faux flowers you want. This is your project, so choose any colors you want; they don’t have to be traditional fall colors. There’s no need to purchase separate greenery for this craft since only a few leaves will be needed. A few faux leaves are always included with faux flowers.

Other supplies you’ll need to create your fall table decoration are a hot glue gun and glue sticks, scissors or wire cutters, and wooden skewers. Also, purchase ribbon that will match the color of your flowers. You’ll use this as a decoration around the stem of the pumpkin.

Optional supplies include acrylic paint in the color of your choice and a paintbrush.

How to Make the Flowering Pumpkin Centerpiece

1. Paint your faux pumpkin (optional)

Picture of supplies needed for a fall centerpiece including a pumpkin, flowers, and a hot glue gun

This step is up to you. Many faux pumpkins come in the color orange, which may not be the color you want to use throughout the fall. Other common color options available for faux pumpkins are white, black, or green.

However, if you wish for your pumpkin to be a different color, take this time to apply 2-3 coats of acrylic paint to your faux pumpkin. Spraying with a sealant when done to keep it from getting scratched is also optional.

2. Wrap or glue greenery around the pumpkin stem

Faux leaves glued to a pumpkin stem

Pluck the pieces of greenery you wish to use from the stems of your faux flowers. You can use a little or a lot, the choice is up to you.

Once you’ve chosen the greenery you’ll be using, attach them to the faux pumpkin using hot glue. It doesn’t need to look perfect since you’ll be covering up the edges using ribbon.

3. Poke holes in the pumpkin

Using a skewer to poke a hole in a faux pumpkin for leaves and flowers

Using a wooden skewer, poke a hole in the pumpkin where you wish to place a faux flower. It will be difficult at first, but as you twist the skewer, it will get easier to poke the stick through.

Once you’ve pushed the wooden skewer into the pumpkin, wiggle it back and forth to create a big enough hole for the stem of the faux flower.

4. Prepare the faux flowers

Flowers, pumpkin, and scissors to create a fall centerpiece

Choose which color faux flower you want to put into your pumpkin first. Using the scissors or wire cutters, separate the flower from the stem, leaving about 1 inch of stem attached.

Push the faux flower into the pumpkin to ensure the fit is right. Remove the faux flower.

5. Secure the faux flowers with hot glue

Adding a faux flower to a pumpkin with hot glue

Squeeze a small amount of hot glue into the hole using a hot glue gun. Insert the faux flower into the hole and press firmly so it’s secure. Allow it to cool for 1-2 minutes.

6. Repeat steps 3-5

Blue flowers glued to a white pumpkin

Continue to add as many flowers as you wish to the pumpkin. There is no right or wrong answer here since this is your aesthetic. Consider what holidays are approaching and how you want your centerpiece to look for each occasion.

7. Add the ribbon

Blue ribbon and flowers added to a white pumpkin

Once the hot glue has completely cooled, grab your ribbon. Cut off enough length to tie around the stem. Carefully wrap it around the stem and tie in a bow, so as not to bother the attached leaves. If the ribbon isn’t sitting across the leaves exactly as you wish, use a small amount of hot glue to keep it in place.

white pumpkin with blue flowers and ribbon and greenery

Variation Fabric Flowering Pumpkin Centerpiece

Looking for a way to use up some craft supplies you already have without purchasing a faux pumpkin? If you’ve got excess fabric and batting on hand, then this variation will work great!

Fabric, flowers, batting, and more are needed to create a fabric pumpkin

Necessary Supplies

You’ll need a square of fabric measuring at least 18” x 21”. Pre-cut squares of fabric sold in craft stores and online work great for this project.

Any design will work, just remember you’ll need to find flowers that match. If you wish to create a bigger pumpkin, ensure you have a larger square of fabric on hand.

A medium-sized piece of batting is also needed to create this centerpiece variation. Batting is thicker and holds shape better than fiberfill for this project.

Also, have on hand some straight pins and safety pins. These pins will be used to hold the pumpkin’s shape and will remain inside the pumpkin once the project is complete.

In addition, save a brown paper bag or two, so you have plenty on hand to create the pumpkin’s stem. You’ll also need Mod Podge and a small crafting paintbrush to complete the stem.

Finally, as in the variation above, you’ll need faux flowers with attached greenery.

How to Make the Fabric Flowering Pumpkin Centerpiece

1. Make the stems using Mod Podge

To make the stem of the pumpkin, cut a large square of brown paper bag.

Starting at one end, begin to twist the paper in a circle so it looks like a thick stick.

Twisting a brown paper bag to make the stem of a pumpkin

Untwist the bag and lay it flat. Cut off the excess paper bag that isn’t needed to create the faux stem using the scissors.

Using the paintbrush, Mod Podge both the front and back of the stem.

A brown paper bag painted with Mod Podge

Once more, twist the paper bag back into the stick shape. Bend the tip and the middle to resemble a stem. Be sure to pull some pieces of the paper outward to create a base for the stem. This base will need to be big enough to cover the pins used to hold the fabric together.

Brown paper bag painted with Mod Podge and twisted to look like the stem of a pumpkin

Allow the faux stem to dry completely.

2. Roll the batting

Beginning on one side of the batting, roll it toward the center.

Rolling batting to create a pumpkin

Holding that side in place, roll the next side in, creating a circle with the other side.

Continue to repeat this until all the batting has been rolled inward.

Batting rolled into a ball

It should resemble a loose round ball.

Using straight pins to hold a ball of batting together

Using straight pins and safety pins, secure the rolled batting in place so it holds together.

3. Cut a circle of fabric

Cutting fabric to the wrap around a roll of batting

Place the ball of batting onto the fabric and cut around it to create a large circle. Lift the sides of the fabric and fold it over the top of the pumpkin to measure it by sight and ensure you’ve cut a big enough circle.

4. Wrap the fabric around the batting

Place the ball of batting in the center of the fabric.

Pick up one corner of the fabric and hold it in place on top of the batting ball.

Wrapping fabric around a roll of batting to make a pumpkin

Grab the next corner of the fabric and lift to the center of the batting ball, too. Try to fold the fabric nicely so it lays flat.

Continue to lift the fabric on top of the ball until it’s completely covered.

5. Secure the fabric in place with pins

Using pins to hold fabric in place over batting to make a pumpkin

Using more straight and safety pins, secure the fabric in place. Use as many pins as needed to ensure it’s as tight as possible. The pins will be covered by the stem, so don’t worry about it looking messy.

6. Attach the stem to the fabric pumpkin

Attaching a paper stem to a fabric pumpkin

Once the faux pumpkin stem has dried, attach the stem on top of the pumpkin using hot glue. Be sure to cover all of the straight and safety pins. Press down firmly with your fingers to make sure the fabric is thoroughly glued down.

7. Attach flowers and greenery to the pumpkin

Attaching greenery to a fabric pumpkin

Pick the pieces of greenery you’ll use for the fabric pumpkin from the stems of your faux flowers. Attach them to the faux pumpkin using hot glue. If the edges of the brown bag are loose enough, try to tuck the faux greenery beneath the stem so it looks like it’s growing from the inside.

Adding flowers to a fabric pumpkin

Using the wire cutter, snip the number of flowers you wish to use at the base of the back of the flower. You don’t need any extra stem on the back of the flower for this project. Apply a small dollop of hot glue on the back of the flower and press it firmly into the spot you wish to place it on the fabric pumpkin.

Continue to add flowers until you’re done!

Completed grey and white fabric pumpkin with blue flowers and greenery

How to Display the Fall Table Centerpiece

There is no wrong way to display your new fall table centerpiece. A suggestion is to use a festive tablecloth that matches the colors of the flowers and add a solid color runner down the center. Place the pumpkin in the middle with a bowl of holiday candy or a scented candle.

Grey and white fabric pumpkin and white faux pumpkin decorated with flowers displayed on an orange runner

If you really want to get creative, make several of these pumpkins in various sizes to display in a grouping in the middle of your table!

Celebrate with Your Fall Table Centerpiece!

That’s all you need to know about designing a fall table centerpiece for every occasion! Which type of faux pumpkin will you make for your fall table?

Looking for more fall decor ideas? Check out our post on 11 Creative Fall Decorating Ideas!