DIY Pumpkin Centerpiece

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I have had an epiphany about my lack of seasonal decorating–or at least why I’ve reached maximum laziness about it this year. Decorating is my job and after I’ve been making design decisions for other people all day, my brain is just over it when the time comes to think about Casa Ronchetti. Christmas still excites me, but the thought of sprinkling little pumpkins around the house, for example, makes me tired. (Related: the sun-bleached bedding that we still haven’t replaced, and the new kitchen chairs that are without a new table. My bad.)

Anyway. I don’t LIKE that I’m so ambivalent about my own house now, so I thought I’d make something easy to get myself out of this funk. We’ve had the same fake white flowers on the dining room table for months, probably six of them, so that was the obvious situation to wrangle:

DIY Pumpkin Centerpiece

Once I hacked my way through the top of the Funkin, it only took 10 minutes to fiddle with the foliage (alliteration!). For maximum simplicity I used fake everything, though this would obviously be lovely if you did a real pumpkin and real flowers. I thought about going with nature at first, but I hate the feeling of pumpkin guts under my fingernails AND the faux version was 50% off the day I went to JoAnn. The universe clearly wanted me to try it.

To see the full tutorial, pop over to Creative Green LivingIt’s easy! And it did shake off the cobwebs.

Have you been doing any seasonal decorating? Anybody else notoriously lax about it? Who else has trouble separating a creative job from creative fun?

  • Edi
    October 21, 2015

    It looks great 🙂 Real flowers and pumpkins are nice, but I like that the faux versions last longer and can be used again the next year or for other projects.
    I have my fall wreath on my door, but that’s the extent of my seasonal decor!

  • D. Renée Wilson
    October 21, 2015

    It looks lovely. 🙂
    I do decorate seasonally, and especially for autumn. I think since my fine art work is separate from “craftiness”, decorating my house is fun and less like work. I can totally understand how you feel, though. When I do personal projects, I make sure they have a symbolic meaning. <3

  • Duni
    October 21, 2015

    I’ve skipped the Fall decorating and have gone straight to Christmas! Do you know I have never carved a real pumpkin before. This Funkin version is neat. What is it – styrofoam?

    • Paige @ Little Nostalgia
      October 21, 2015

      Yep, styrofoam! It was weirdly difficult to cut into, but it’s very light. I wouldn’t use it outside because it would blow away in a stiff breeze.

  • theartbug
    October 21, 2015

    How lovely!

  • Mary
    October 21, 2015

    Funny that you did this post today as I’ve been editing photos of our autumnal decorations today too! I’ve been going nuts over autumn everything this year, haha, I have no idea why. I’ve actually practiced a lot of restraint buying things. I don’t know if I’ll do any DIYs other than carving pumpkins, but we’ll see. I’ll post some pics soon. Pumpkin centerpiece is a great idea! 🙂

  • DancingMooney
    October 21, 2015

    I’ve always thought those fake carve-able pumpkins were a clever idea, until I get to the part, where I wonder if they’d fly away on a windy day. Love the idea of using it for a vase (with fake flowers!) inside… Glad you got out of your funk. I am like you, as soon as Fall (or back to school) arrives, I am singing holidays in my head! It’s the most wonderful time of the yearrrrrrr! Totally cracked me up when you posted that recently because, well, I’m glad to know it’s not just me. LOL


  • Melissa @ Bubby & Bean
    October 21, 2015

    My mom did something similar for my baby shower for Essley and for my baby party last weekend, and although they were gorgeous (as is yours), I really think faux is the way to go (rhyme!). I brought one of them home and it was a fruit fly haven. Plus you can use them next year too!

    • Paige @ Little Nostalgia
      October 26, 2015

      Ooooh, I hadn’t even thought about the fruit flies! Faux 4-ever.

  • Natashalh
    October 22, 2015

    Cute! And a foam pumpkin might actually last around here. There’s no way a real pumpkin would make it even a single week. On a different note: can you believe my husband has never carved a pumpkin? Ever?!

    • Paige @ Little Nostalgia
      October 26, 2015

      What! Never?!

  • Linda
    October 23, 2015

    Before I had a chance even to ‘shake off the cobwebs’ my hubby brought home a big pumpkin! It’s not that he was thinking about it, but the neighboring school, next to where he works had ordered waaaay to many and offered him one! Looks great on the front stoop. Love your centerpiece! Clever!

  • Chelsey
    October 30, 2015

    This is such a great idea and looks fab!
    Love that alliteration 😉

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