Pressed Flower Pumpkin Vase

With this autumn-inspired botanical craft, I decided to combine previous pressed flower and pumpkin vase projects into what I am called my pressed flower pumpkin vase! This is a great craft to share with little ones or fellow craft-loving mamas alike. 

When choosing a pumpkin for this project, look for ones that are lighter colored. White varieties such as Valenciano, Polar Bear, Lumina, Shiver, or Casperita are wonderful options and appropriately (medium) sized for this craft. Or, if like me, you prefer the fantasy varieties, Jarrahdale, Fairytale, Porcelain Doll, French Heirloom, or Blue Doll are great options. Whatever you decide, a lighter color and smooth outer surface (without warts or scarring) is best. 

You Will Need
a pumpkin
fresh botanicals 
pressed and/or dried botanicals
matte Mod Podge 
a paintbrush or foam brush
knife and metal scraping spoon
mason jar

Many of the craft supplies and materials I use can be found in my Amazon Craft shelf.

To Make

  1. Brush an even layer of Mod Podge glue over the front of your pumpkin where you want to place your pressed flowers. Carefully press the flowers on the glue-covered surface.
  2. Carefully add second layer of Mod Podge over the pressed flowers, dragging the brush lightly from the center of the flower outward over each petal until the flower is secure. Hold the flower in place with your finger while dragging the brush if necessary. Pressed flowers tend to be very fragile so use very soft brush strokes with this step.
  3. Let the pumpkin dry completely for 1-2 hours.
  4. Using a large knife, cut an opening in the top of the pumpkin slightly larger than the mason jar you are using to hold your fresh flowers. Scrape out and remove the insides.
  5. Place the mason jar inside, fill it with water, and arrange your fresh botanicals.
If you enjoy working with fresh botanicals, I hope you'll check out my book, The Love Language of Flowers. It includes floriography, botanical glossaries, step-by-step tutorials, a toolbox section filled with floral concepts (like the one in this article), and over 30 botanical designs infused with meaning that honor the seasonal rhythms of nature, build confidence, and provide flexibility to let your own creative voice develop.  It is truly an excellent resource for those seeking to grow their botanical creativity in a meaningful way. 

Happy crafting, friends.

pressed flower pumpkin vase

pressed flower pumpkin vase

pressed flower pumpkin vase

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