If you have a few leftover pumpkins from Halloween that you’re not sure what to do with and don’t fancy making yet another pumpkin-based recipe, I have a very simple solution! Why not create a pretty Autumn inspired table centrepiece with them? If you’re expecting some guests or simply want to make a lovely display for your dining room, these decorative pumpkins are a perfect way to give your home a little Autumn flair for not a lot of money.

Here's what you'll need...

  • 3 pumpkins
  • Gold thumb tacks
  • Matt white spray paint
  • Eucalyptus branches
  • Pussy willow stems

    Pumpkin decor materials

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Pumpkin decor final 1

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Here's how it's done...

  • 1

    Paint your pumpkins using matt white spray paint. Make sure your layers are very light and keep the can moving to avoid any drips. You’ll need to do 2-3 coats and leave each coat to dry between starting the next one.

    Pumpkin decor step 1

    Pumpkin decor step 1b

  • 2

    Once your pumpkins are completely dry, use the thumbtacks to create some designs on your pumpkins

    For the first pumpkin, I followed the natural grooves, tracing the lines about half way down the pumpkin and leaving a small space between the tacks.

    Pumpkin decor step 2

    For the second, I created a concentric circle pattern all the way around from the top to the bottom in a spiral.

    Pumpkin decor step 2a

    For the third, I again followed the grooves down the pumpkin but this time, I used the tacks from top to bottom.

    Pumpkin decor step 2c

  • 3

    Once your pumpkins are completed, set them in the middle of the table and tuck your eucalyptus branches and pussy willow stems between and underneath them along the length of the table.

    Pumpkin decor step 3

  • 4

    Set the table for your meal and enjoy!

    Pumpkin decor step 4

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I used three regular pumpkins for this but if you wanted to mix it up, you can use mini pumpkins as well which would be perfect for a smaller table. You can also consider painting them in different pastel shades to match your dining room scheme. Just remember to remove the thumbtacks before you discard your pumpkins to use for other crafty projects!

 

By Kimberly Duran on 04.11.16

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