A DIY Fall Centerpiece

Follow these easy steps for making a fall tablescape using elements from the garden.

Fall display 1

Fall display 1

Pumpkin trees are the feature in this fall inspired arrangement.

Pumpkin trees are the feature in this fall inspired arrangement.

This year I discovered something new at the market: pumpkin trees.  These gorgeous purplish stems featured hard fruits that looked just like miniature Cinderella pumpkins. I had to have them!

Solanum integrifolium is native to Asia. They have many names around the world such as pumpkin on a stick, pumpkin bush, pumpkin tree, Hmong eggplant and mock tomato. The plant itself has large leaves and thorny stems. The fruits are not miniature pumpkins at all, but eggplants. Initially the immature fruits are green and over time they develop their deep rich pumpkin color. Ripe fruits are bitter and are approximately 2 inches in diameter. They are used in Asian cooking and are also grown for ornamental use. This plant is considered an annual. These trees can be grown from seed and reach a height of approximately 4 feet. Seeds are readily available through catalogs and internet sources. I might just have to try growing some next year.

Supplies

  • Pumpkin tree stems
  • Vase and water
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Pinecones
  • Assorted gourds

Click on the gallery below for the step-by-step guide on assembling the arrangement.

Pumpkin Tree How-To

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A Festive Fall Display

With a pumpkin tree as a starting point, you can create a seasonal centerpiece with these easy steps.

Pumpkin Trees

Pumpkin trees can be found seasonally in the grocer's floral department or at your local florist shop. You can even grow your own!

Add the Moss

Spread a thick layer of moss around the outside of the vase. Next arrange pine cones and gourds in a decorative fashion upon the moss.

Add a Mirror

Try placing a mirror behind your arrangement. It makes all aspects of the arrangement appear fuller.

Change the Water Regularly

With proper care, this floral arrangement should last for weeks.

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