Fall Craft: Chrysanthemum Pumpkins

Try this clever way to use chrysanthemums and freshly-picked pumpkins on the front porch.
House Number Pumpkins

House Number Pumpkins

Blooming pumpkins decorate the front porch.

Photo by: Image courtesy of Melissa Caughey

Image courtesy of Melissa Caughey

Blooming pumpkins decorate the front porch.

I love fall in New England. Each year, I look forward to decorating the front porch. I love to stack pumpkins, display gourds and adorn the front door wreath with Indian corn. Typically, I also pick up a few mums to tuck among the pumpkins.

This year, I wanted to come up with a clever way to display our house numbers. So instead of putting the mums in planters, I decided to use them to decorate the pumpkins with our house numbers. It was easy and so much fun! If you prefer, you could even add mums to a pumpkin to fill in a silhouette of the moon, pumpkin, an acorn or anything else that reminds you of autumn.


  • Pumpkins
  • Mixed fall mum floral arrangements
  • Scissors
  • Knife or drill
  • Newspaper
  • Floral vials

Take a peek at all of the step-by-step directions in the gallery below.

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House Number Pumpkins

Welcome friends, family and guests to your home with these house number pumpkins.

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Round Up Your Supplies

You will need: pumpkins/a knife or drill/floral vials/fall bouquets/newspaper/paper towels/pencil and scissors.

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Size Check

Sketch out the number on the pumpkin with a pencil. With a knife or drill, make a hole angled downward. The hole should be large enough for the end cap of the floral vial to sit flush with the pumpkin.

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Fill the Floral Vials

Cut a few blooms off of a bouquet, and add them to a water-filled floral vial.

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Taking Shape

Make a hole every few inches for the floral vials. Be sure the flowers are touching one another to create a uniform look.

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The Number Three

I find it is easiest to drill a couple of holes and then add the flowers; checking on the overall shape as I go. You will need to wipe off any excess pumpkin after drilling the holes.

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Ongoing Maintenance

You can replenish the water as necessary to the floral vials and replace the flowers as needed throughout the season.

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