Pumpkin Centerpiece for the Holidays

DIY Pumpkin Centerpiece for the holidays

I want a beautiful centerpiece for my holiday dinner, but when you have to think about the meal preparation, and getting the house ready for guests (which is a feat in it’s own right), who has time to craft a stunning centerpiece?

I love the idea of reusable versatile decor items that can become a beautiful centerpiece, vignette, mantel decor, etc.

Golden pumpkin centerpiece

That’s why I love the idea of reusable versatile decor items that can become a beautiful centerpiece, vignette, mantel decor, etc. These carvable foam pumpkins are perfect for that! Plus after just 15 minutes of work, you’ll have custom designed decor for years to come.

Faux Pumpkin Centerpiece


The steps are fairly simple and self explanatory, so I’ll let the picture tutorial speak for itself and just provide a few tips below. 😉

Carveable Foam Pumpkin DIY


  • Draw and cut your leaf template out of regular paper…when you use it to trace, it will easily bend with the curve of your pumpkin.
  • Do your carving at a slight outward angle for a fancy cut.
  • If you cut at an angle remember that you will need to pop the carved piece outward.
  • Carve any small details (such as leaf tips), by starting at the smallest point (the tip) and working outward.
  • Have any questions? Feel free to ask in a comment below…otherwise this project uses pretty normal carving techniques.

Thanksgiving pumpkin table setting

Do not use a real flame in or near your pumpkin. Use some battery powered tealights that are less than 5 watts for safety. The ones I’m using are wax dipped, and even flicker like a real candle! It makes for quite the lovely ambiance.

Shop Supplies

I purchased these products in my local Pat Catan’s…but you can also find them online here:



Now that you have your pumpkins completed, add bit of foliage and floral to your table setting. I made this DIY wire basket (out of hardware cloth…can you believe it is only $3-$4 per basket?), and it has been a gorgeous part of decor for every season, and looks great even with silk flowers in it!

Fall florals and DIY wire basket

How do you like the table setting so far? When dinner is over and the table is cleared, all of these decorative items will look gorgeous on a bookshelf or mantel as seasonal decor. Enjoy it as long as you can before putting it in storage for the season.

Carvable Pumpkins tablescape

Pumpkin centerpiece

Did you make this project? I’d love to see! Snap a photo and share it to my Facebook wall (tag Home Made by Carmona and add #HMCmaker), or share to Instagram with #HMCmaker. I love seeing you all in action…plus you have a chance to win HMC Maker of the Month and get a $20 gift card when you do!

Have a beautiful Fall and Winter season!

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4 Comments on Pumpkin Centerpiece for the Holidays

  1. Ursula
    November 24, 2015 at 2:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Hello Ursula! Wow, so funny to say hello to someone with my same name :) Lovey pumpkin!!! Great tutorial too. Pinned and shared 😉


    • Ursula Carmona
      November 25, 2015 at 8:35 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you Ursula! Lol! Yes, that is definitely weird to say. :)
      Thanks for popping in, I love your blog chica! 😉


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