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DIY: Organic Tabletop Centerpiece

Oct 24, 2016 11:00AM ● By Monica Fatica

Falling for Foliage

November 2016
Feature and photos by Monica Fatica

Create a unique pumpkin centerpiece using organic vegetation, like lettuce and herbs.


• Galvanized metal tray or baking tray, approximately 2 inches deep

• Ornamental lettuce and kale in different shades of purple and green 

• Variety of small pumpkins, gourds and squash

• Craft paint in a cream and grey-green shade (we used Chalk Paint by
Annie Sloan in Cream and Chateau Grey)

• Paint brushes (we used natural bristle chip brushes)

• Kraft paper (we used a thin variety available at hardware stores)


1. Roll out your Kraft paper and paint your pumpkins using the craft paint, then let dry. If using Chalk Paint, you can use Annie Sloan Clear Wax to seal the paint or leave unfinished for a matte look.

2. If the centerpiece is temporary, you can wrap the soil of your foliage in Kraft paper. If you’ll be displaying it for a few days, then there’s no need to wrap the soil – you can use a planting technique instead.

3. Arrange your larger pumpkins and gourds in a mixed pattern, leaving spaces for your foliage. Fill in the spaces with your foliage by tucking them around and under your pumpkins.

Be sure to allow some of your large leaf foliage to cover any visible Kraft paper, soil and tray edges for a more natural look. Plant your lettuce in containers or in your garden after you’ve finished enjoying your centerpiece.

Tips: Get more creative with your centerpiece by adding herbs, such as sprigs of rosemary, or vine branches.