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Turn a Butternut Squash Into a Fall Centerpiece

In just a few minutes, hollow out a group of oblong butternut squash to make a non-traditional, affordable vessel for fall flowers.

Liz Gray
Jason Kisner Copyright 2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Materials Needed:

  • 3 small butternut squash, each a slightly different height
  • 1 iced tea spoon
  • chef's knife
  • cutting board
  • fall flowers of your choice, such as sunflowers, dahlias and cockscombs

Cut and Hollow Out Butternut Squash

On a cutting board, slice off the top of the butternut squash with a chef's knife. With a long-handled spoon (such as an iced tea spoon), make a ring around the inside of the squash, leaving about a 1/2-inch border around the outside of the squash.

Using the spoon, hollow out the squash until you reach the seeds at the bottom. Turn the squash upside down, tapping on the cutting board until free of seeds. Repeat with remaining squash.

Discard top and reserve seeds for another use.

Fill With Flowers

Set each butternut squash vase upright to make sure it stands on its own. If the bottom of the squash is not flat, use the chef's knife to level it.

Fill the hollowed-out squash with an assortment of fall flowers. Here, we used cockscombs, sunflowers and dahlias.

Jason Kisner Copyright 2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Display Vases and Enjoy

Display the butternut squash vases on your fall dinner table.

Jason Kisner Copyright 2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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