What we've shipped you: a gourd-geous pumpkin of your very own, 35 stems of flowers, bits and greens, a small glass vase and plastic floral "frog"
What you'll need: a sharp knife (to carve your pumpkin), a pair of sharp scissors or floral shears, a felt-tip marker, some cool tap water and a little elbow grease!
Start by flipping your cup over the stem of the pumpkin, tracing the cup's edge with your pen. Use your knife to (carefully!) cut along this line. Pro tip: cut at a slight, inward angle, with the tip of your knife angled toward the center of the pumpkin. This will create a lip of pumpkin that will help to support your vase. Remove the seeds and innards from your pumpkin. Toast the seeds if you're feeling ambitious!
Drop your vase into the hole. It should rest just above the edge of the pumpkin. If your cup falls through, don't worry! You can find a slightly larger vessel from your cupboards or create a bed of stuffing on which your vessel can rest. Our recommendation? Tinfoil! It's waterproof and won't hold any moisture that will build up inside your gourd (which can, in turn, lead to molding). Next, fill your cup with cool tap water and snap the two pieces of the floral frog together, It should look like a big pull when you're finished. Stand this upright inside your vase. It looks silly now, but this frog will help to give your arrangement structure and height as your ass flowers and foliage!
Get designing! Just as we do with Farmgirl, start with the greens! Start low, along the perimeter of the vase mouth, gradually adding height. Your greens will help to mask the edge of the vase and create a gorgeous collar for your arrangement! Time to start adding the flowers! We like to start with the larger headed flowers, like roses. Place the first three or four on opposing sides of the vase, staggering the heights by at least 2" to leave space for the next flower variety. Repeat this process with each flower variety until you've used all your blooms! Pro tip: We like to leave a few blooms and bits longer than their vasemates - this will add a quirky, more designed vibe to your arrangement. As you work, keep in mind most flower designs don't come together until you hit the 80% mark - ignore your inner critic until the very end! Last, stand back and admire your masterpiece! Rotate your pumpkin so you can find any holes - fill with any remaining greens or bits.
To help your centerpiece lives its best life, change the water daily. Bonus points if you trim the stems at the same time! Remove any flowers or foliage as they expire - this will also help extend the life of the arrangement. Last, remember to find your handiwork a home out of direct sunlight and away from heat!