The Secret to a Charming Grocery Store Centerpiece

pumpkin centerpiece

We’ve all seen the lovely pumpkin centerpieces around pinterest. I wanted to see what I could create just with grocery store pumpkins and flowers and what I could find around the yard.


I picked up these pumpkins from the grocery store.


And I grabbed all these lovely flowers from the 3 for $12 bin. I did go to two different stores to find the selection I wanted but that was so worth it. Plus I bought some collard greens from the veggie department, see them back there…

collard greens

Here’s what they look like individually–these make all the difference in your centerpiece so be sure to grab something like this.


I cut a hole in the pumpkins I wanted to use and put in a cup to hold water.

And then, without taking photos, I layered in the collard leaves and cut all the flower stems at least down to half, just placing them inside the pumpkin….

diy pumpkin centerpiece

And of course I stuck in a few flowers. The goal is to use the collard green leaves as a bridge between the round pumpkin and the organically shaped flower arrangement.

without leaveswithout leaves// not as pretty

This is what happens when you don’t use the leaves, the pumpkin looks all forlorn wondering why there are flowers coming out of his top.–don’t pin this, just wait until the magical collard greens are put back in…

with leaves

Now the pumpkin and flowers all get along great!

with and without leaves

diy easy pumpkin centerpiece

For this bright pumpkin I used some large collard greens and some morning-glory vine from the yard to help break up the transition from pumpkin to flowers.

diy pumpkin centerpiece with flowers

grocery store flowers

DIY fall centerpiece

You don’t need expensive flowers to get a pretty arrangement.

The trick to a pretty pumpkin centerpiece is to have leaves or vines or flowers that cross the border between pumpkin and flower arrangement.

Don’t be afraid to make it look messy and play around with branches, trailing vines or even to bend large leaves to get the shape you are looking for.

secret to a grocery store centerpiece


  1. Nester, you’re the best! Love those arrangements and the use of collard green leaves. I’ve also seen pumpkin arrangements that use a bit of floral foam (the kind you wet) on top of the pumpkin and then the flowers go into the foam and cover it. . That’s in case you don’t want to cut the pumpkin. Keep the seasonal ideas coming!

  2. Jordan Tindle says

    Did you clean out the inside of the pumpkin?

  3. Um, you’re a genius. Collard greens?! What is happening. I bow down. Arranging flowers is one of those things that any idiot should be able to do, but I apparently am a flower arranging idiot because it always looks ridiculous. This makes me want to stick collard greens in a pumpkin, a sentence never before uttered on planet earth. You win all the things.

    • My guess, your flowers are too long, cut the stems, if they still look weird, cut them shorter! remember, everything in your arrangement should look like it’s friends with everything else!

  4. These are so lovely! Do you have any idea how long the pumpkins will last indoors? I’d love to try them for Thanksgiving. Thanks so much for the tips!

  5. Linda Bradley says

    The collard greens make a pretty “collar” around the pumpkin hole, like a sweet little dress! I guess you could call them “collar greens”??? Haha!!!

  6. This is genius! You have given us all the most logical explanation of what needs to happen when arranging flowers. I see so many people just stick their boquet in a vase with everything all the same height and all the flowers and leaves up towards the top. But you have explained that there needs to be a transition that crosses from the vessel/vase/pumpkin to the flower arrangement. I have collards in my garden! So excited to learn a new hint/tip today. Thanks for posting.

  7. Genius, This is very tempting even though my flower arrangements have never turned out well.

  8. Thank you. I am hopelessly lost when it comes to flower arranging. There are beautiful rose bushes and peonies in my yard and I always end up with less-than-meh when I try to make arrangements with them. Your explanations about transition leaves was so helpful. And the fact that you did it with grocery store bouquets. Love. Can we do this again for Christmas arrangements? And maybe spring and summer too? :)

  9. I love a good vine or 2, especially if there’s berries springing out from all over it …

  10. You’re making me want to raid the greens section of the grocery and attempt to make a garland!

  11. thank you so much. your arrangements are absolutely beautiful.

  12. THIS right here is why everyone loves The Nester!

  13. So much fall gorgeousness!

  14. Gorgeous arrangements! I did this very thing several years ago for my aunt’s 90th birthday party but instead of collard, I opted for ornamental kale leaves—curly edges with a hint of purple (I wanted a more feminine look to the arrangement so chose the frilly kale). I’ve also used the mini pumpkins as place card holders—simply cut a rather deep hole in the top, insert a bit of wet foam, and stuff with fall flowers, sprigs, twigs and such. Then I stuck the place card high among the flowers….it worked well. Thanks for the post.

  15. I love the “collar Greens” and especially how you included a side by side photo of the pumpkins with and without them. It makes it easy to appreciate the difference. Happy Fall!

  16. Simply beautiful. Thanks once again for the inspiration.

  17. This is so smart and so beautiful! Love it!!!

  18. Love this!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  19. These are stunning! Definitely giving this a try for our fall table!

  20. This is genius! I just wish I had seen this post before I went to the grocery store. D: I’ll have to wait until next time…but I am definitely giving this a try.

  21. This is so fun! I’m Heading out to find a pumpkin and walk the field for flowers!

  22. If I ever get married, you will do my flowers. :-)

  23. The collection of flower arrangements is stunning and so very creative! I am going to the grocery store tomorrow and plan to get the materials to needed to recreate your masterpiece(s) – for me and a friend that needs something beautiful to cheer her. Also, I am sharing your post on my FB page. Thanks for the inspiration!

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