Dusty blue and cranberry has quickly become one of my favorite fall color palettes! This color palette inspired today’s DIY project I designed with Lesley of LB Floral and Lisa Price Photography. Today I will teach you how to recreate this tablescape with both a painted pumpkin tutorial and a pumpkin vase tutorial. Enjoy and comment below with any questions!
Stay tuned for the full tablescape feature coming to the blog soon!
For this dusty blue tablescape, I painted a variety of sized pumpkins in three shades of dusty blue. To create dusty blue, combine white, black, and blue paint. Essentially, dusty blue is gray mixed with blue. Below is a chart to help you know how much of each color to add for each shade of dusty blue. I had to cover each pumpkin with at least two coats of paint, sometimes three, depending on how light the paint color was.
The paint formula is pretty simple. The darker the color of dusty blue, the more black and blue I added. For the lightest blue, there was very little black and blue added at all. In fact, it was easiest to dip my brush into the darkest dusty blue shade I had already mixed and add it to plain white paint. When I was finished mixing this light shade, it barely looked blue, but once it dried, it was perfect!
To create a pumpkin vase, simply carve an opening in the top of your pumpkin and clean out the inside with a spoon.
There are three options for how to use a pumpkin as a vase.
1. Use the pumpkin as a container for a real vase. The large blue pumpkins seen above were the perfect fit for this technique. They were large enough to hold a vase of water for the flowers to sit down in.
2. Line the inside of the pumpkin with a plastic bag. For the smaller pumpkins like the white one seen below, you would have to have a very small vase for option one to work. A grocery bag or sandwich bag full of water works much better for the smaller pumpkins. Simply line the pumpkin with a grocery bag, clip the ends to fit the size of the pumpkin, and add a little bit of water to the bag.
3. Simply pour water straight into the pumpkin. This option is only good if you are planning to use the pumpkin vases for a very short period of time. Otherwise, the pumpkin will rot from the water.
For the larger pumpkins below, Lesley placed a large, tall vase inside the pumpkin. This will allow you to display the arrangement for as long as the pumpkin allows (until it rots!)