Make your pumpkin last longer this year with paint and decorative feather embellishments. We created a pumpkin centerpiece that could be used for Halloween and Thanksgiving by using natural wheat stocks, dyed pussy willows, trimmed coque tails and dyed pheasant tail feathers. With just a few easy steps, you can turn any pumpkin into your own masterpiece with so many color and style options.
- Dried Wheat Stalks
- Dyed Pussy Willow Stalks
- Dyed Pheasant Tails
- Pheasant Feather Wreath
- Trimmed Bleached Coque Tails
- Floral Picks
- Spray Paint
- Painters Tape
- Wire Cutter
- BRN24–O ($8.64)
- BRN24–GO ($7.50)
- WRPH8N–N ($7.50)
Tape the pumpkin. We chose a chevron pattern and used 3 different widths of tape. Pre-cut tape strips approximately 4-5 inch each. Tape lengths will vary depending on the shape of the pumpkin.
Paint the pumpkin. Many types of paint will work, we found spray paint be the easiest. Be sure the painters tape is pressed into all the grooves of the pumpkin before applying paint. Allow paint to dry.
Trim the feathers, dried wheat stalks, & pussy willows to desired lengths. For a well balanced floral arrangement, we evenly divided this material by cutting long, medium, and short pieces.
STEP 4. Remove tape from the pumpkin carefully.
Pick the feathers, dried wheat stalks, & pussy willows. Use medium gage floral wire and cut into 4-5 inch pieces with needle nose wire cutters. Use clear floral tape to wrap around the stems and floral wire. Gather two or three of the wheat stalks along with the floral pick. Use clear floral tape and wrap around the end of the stalks and the top of the pick. Continue this process for the pussy willows and feathers, use desired amount. You will also need two picks 4-5 inch for your feather wreath.
Place the feather wreath on top of the pumpkin. Use two cut floral picks to press through the wreath and pumpkin to hold wreath in place. Then push the dry wheat picks into the pumpkin, following with pussy willows and pheasant feathers. You might want to add more or less once you see how the arrangement is coming along.