Is there anything that shouts fall more than pumpkins? I love every shape, size and color. Orange is what we picture when we think of pumpkins, but these days the heirloom variety come in green, white, peach and stripes. Want to learn to take your pumpkins to a new level? Tired of simply artfully arranging them up the front walk? Learn how to design pumpkin floral arrangements that will turn your pumpkins into the best fall centerpieces! Here’s how to arrange your dried florals for stunning fall displays.

What You Need

  • Pumpkin
  • Clear Coat Polyurethane Spray
  • Dried Flowers
  • Hot Glue Gun (high heat)
  • Glue Sticks
  • Sheet Moss
  • Scissors
  • Foraged Field Items (nuts, pine cones, etc)
  • Cup of Ice Water (for burns)
Set up and ready to adorn this pumpkin!




1. Select Your Favorite Pumpkins

If your pumpkin is going on a kitchen table or island, choose a larger pumpkin. If it is going on a desk, in a bathroom or at a bedside, opt for a smaller pumpkin.

2. Preserve the Pumpkin 

Help it last through the season (I’ve had them last all the way to Thanksgiving) by spraying the pumpkin with a clear poly coat or hair spray.

3. Purchase Sheet Moss

You can buy it by the pound from Nicholson-Hardie (a Dallas store) or order it on the internet. I do so many pumpkins, I buy it by the case. Tear the moss in horizontal pieces the length of the sheet. They should be narrow pieces, no more than 2 inches in width. You may need several to go around the top “crown” of the pumpkin, depending on its size.

4. Lay Moss Around the Top

Leave a “hole” in the middle (where the stem is) at least 4-5 inches from the stem for a medium pumpkin. This “well” is where you will place your anchor flowers. I ALWAYS use hydrangeas for my anchor flowers. They are large, dry well and have beautiful antiqued colors as the growing season comes to a close.

Moss “well” on pumpkin crown

5. Attach Moss to Pumpkin

I use a hot glue gun to do this. Be VERY careful as the hot glue can burn your fingers badly. Insider tip: I break a small stick off a tree and use it to press down my glued items. This keeps me from burning my fingers. However, I keep ice water nearby because I’ve NEVER been able to arrange without burning myself!

6. Choose Your Hydrangea Color

I typically arrange around one color. This will be the anchor for your pumpkin. Hydrangeas typically come in green, blue or shades of pink. You will need to play with the exact number needed to fill the hole. An average pumpkin usually takes at least 3-5 hydrangeas, depending on size. Take the time to play with the flower placement and number that looks best on your pumpkin.

7. Glue Hydrangeas Down

Once you have placed the hydrangeas where you want them, tilt them back from the edge, apply lots of glue underneath and then press down. Be gentle as dried florals are brittle and crumble. Use care when placing and gluing.

8. Add Accent Items

Now that the anchor flower is down, add other dried flowers and items collected or foraged. I like roses, cockscomb, sunflowers (for the flower adds), large fall nuts (hickory and black walnuts), acorns and pine cones for other “add-ons”. Design tip: work in odd numbers, like 3 roses. When it comes to seed pods, acorns and pine cones, I usually do pairs with an added mini flower color that pops on top.

9. Add Dimension

Once you have filled the edges of your hydrangeas with flowers, it’s time to add dimension. To get dimension, I use grasses, or long stemmed flowers. I use three of these and insert them so they protrude in a triangle from the pumpkin. I also use bunches of purple lavender, purple Russian sage or babies breath for this.

Things are sticking out all over!

10. Add Height 

Last but not least, I often poke things from the top to give the pumpkin height. Purple thistle is good for this as are cockscomb spikes or even small grasses.

The Mad Hatter is born.