Fall Floral Design: Make A Beautiful Pumpkin Flower Arrangement | Yara Flowers | Skillshare

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Fall Floral Design: Make A Beautiful Pumpkin Flower Arrangement

teacher avatar Yara Flowers, Creative Florals

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (26m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Tools and Base Materials

    • 3. Flowers and Foliage

    • 4. Pumpkin Prep

    • 5. Arranging Greens

    • 6. Arranging Flowers

    • 7. Final Touches

    • 8. Last Thoughts

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About This Class

Create the perfect fall floral arrangement for your home or to gift this season! Using versatile and easy to get materials, we will design a bouquet of our flowers of choice - in a pumpkin instead of the usual vase!

The steps for creating this design are straightforward and easy follow along even for beginners. Once you do it once you’ll be able to get more practice and apply the same skills to other flower arrangements. 


The materials and tools that we use in this class will be easy to find in your local market, or chances are you probably already have them at home. We use a variety of flowers and greenery and it’s completely up to you to use the exact same ones or to choose others that you prefer or have easy access to. We even recommend using material that you can get from your direct environment: your garden or backyard. Using greenery from evergreen trees can push your arrangements’s life even longer. Additionally, you can use some of the season’s produce like small squash, lemons or crabapples.


  • Scissors
  • Sharp Knife (for cutting the pumpkin)
  • Utility Knife
  • Wood skewers 
  • Floral foam
  • Plastic wrapping


  • Pumpkin (if this is your first time arranging flowers, go with a small/medium size pumpkin)
  • Green filling of your choice (We use Magnolia leaves and Red Pine leaves)
  • Flowers of your choice (We use Gerberas, Roses, Mums, and Callas)
  • Any other ornamental objects of your choice. Examples can be but not limited to: Crabapples, Chilli Peppers, Citrus Fruit, Pine Cones, Ribbons and bows, etc… (We use small ornamental Pumpkin)

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Yara Flowers

Creative Florals


Hello, I'm Yara, and I love making beautiful things with flowers! My family owns a flower shop in Calgary, Canada, and we've been in the business for over 20 year. I'm here to pass along some of skills, tip, and advice I've accumulated over the years and show you how to create with flowers :)

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1. Introduction: My name is Yara and my family has been in the floral business for over 20 years now. We have our shop and Calgary in Canada. And we do all sorts of arrangements and Florida creations that you can think of from way to birthday parties, to corporate events and just arrangements for everyday life. My dad is really the creative mastermind behind our business, but I've been learning slowly from him. This is our first Skillshare class in which we will show you step-by-step how to make a beautiful floral arrangement and a pumpkin. It will be really customizable. And you can either choose to use exactly the same materials that we are using, or you can choose to substitute with things that are available in your area or things that you have in your house at your disposal. In the next video, we will discuss all the supplies and materials that you will need for this project. 2. Tools and Base Materials: So these are all the tools and base materials that we're going to use. First, we're going to read floral foam. You're not familiar with this material from before. Usually all dollar stores carry it. Or you can go to your local gardening store or any florist should really have it. You can just go in and ask for for some, they're not expensive at all. You're going to need to for water all over it and let it soak for at least half an hour before you start working with it. It's really our preferred material for arranging in a vase or any container like the pumpkin. You can, of course use floral wire if you're comfortable with that. But we really think the floral foam is the most convenient and flexible material to arrange flowers. And next, we're going to need a pumpkin, Of course. And this is your first time arranging flowers, pick one that is not to bake. Probably medium to small sized would be the best. You can use it in its original colors, natural colors. Or you can paint it. We're choosing to use it in its natural state with its imperfections. We think this adds a lovely texture and just a natural feel to the finished arrangement. We will also use the small ornamental pumpkins and our arrangements. They will come in the end. The next thing we're going to use are these wooden sticks that you can pretty much find. Amy store. The kind that you would use to, uh, to barbecue or tourism marshmallows. Next, we're going to need some plastic paper or plastic sheets big enough to align our pumpkin. Next, we will need scissors. Utility knife, floral scissors if you have them, but they're not really essentially use normal scissors. And this is a rose stem cleaner. If you have it at your disposal or if you can find it in your local gardening center. It will make your life easier when you're cleaning roses or other flowers. But again, it's not essential. You can just use normal scissors or a knife to clean the thorns of your roses. And these are the tools that we're going to use for this project. 3. Flowers and Foliage: We will be using is. We also use magnolia leaves at these that you can use if you want to. They look really beautiful with the pumpkin. Oh cleaves, that they're perfect for any flow arrangements. These are red o please as well. You can use either or both if you want. Again, these are just examples of what you can use. I think if it's your first time, maybe less is better than trying to coordinate to many kinds of leaves or flowers here are what we recommend and what we would use in our arrangement. First, this solid angle flowers, they're great and filler flower. If you have any empty spaces. Here we go. And very nicely. Next are the mom's. We're going to use some orange molecules and some yellow months as well. We're grateful for full arrangements. Some gerber daisies, orange and breath. Some sunflowers would go really nice, and a pumpkin arrangement as its ball. Some orange roses. Our kids would really elevate your arrangement if you choose to use it. Here we have both green and some brown or kids. These are called symbol medium or kids. If you want to go ahead and try and get some for your pumpkin. Next we have some orange calla lilies. And some lilies like really dark orange color alleles and some orange luis as well. These are some Safari sunset. That's what their Kong. And also some ornamental red peppers. I think if you're going to use this pumpkin as the centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. That one looks absolutely gorgeous with it. As you can see, these are the flowers and the leaves. Now we chose to use arrangement. You can get something very similar to it. Or if you have flowers growing in your garden. If you have leaves from trees, then you'll have access to in your backyard, you're definitely more than welcome to experiment and see what you can use is this arrangement. As you can see, we chose to use this more ornamental pumpkin in our arrangement. But you can certainly use anything else that is at your disposal or something. Then you have line red cows. If you have some small crab apples or some citrus fruit, pine cones may be really anything that you can stick, a wooden stick and, or just wrap the small wire around to be able to put it in the arrangement. And that is also appropriate and size with the other flowers and leaves that you chose to use. 4. Pumpkin Prep: Now we're going to prepare the function. First. We will need to have an opening in the top of the pump. And then you will need the opening should be about a third of the size of the hole and not more and not less features. We want to have enough space to work with and to put an R, flowers and our greens. For cutting into the pumpkin, choose a sharp knife that you're able to control and handle. Well, you can choose to mark the circle first before cutting into the pumpkin. But if you have a good eye and you're comfortable with using the knife, you can just go ahead and cut an opening in a circle. Really doesn't have to be very perfect circle shape. As long as it's not like you to open on one side, but that it looks equal and has a nice organic shape. Of course, be careful while you're cutting. Now when you open the pumpkin, we will need to clean the insights and take out all the seeds and the fibers are inside. Just scrape it down. And I mean, of course you can throw it away, but there are actually a lot of uses that you can do with it. You can just roast the seeds and then try to clean it as much as possible. Now it doesn't have to be a 100 percent clean and scraped. Know if there's some fibers in seats left in there, that's okay. But do your best to get the most out of there. And once we have our clean pumpkin that is ready to use, bring this sheet of plastic wrapping that we prepared before and center it on the inside of the pumpkins. Get, let's get our floral foam or soaked floral foam that is ready to use and fix it inside the pumpkin. Now, you want it to be stable. You don't want like glue pieces of the floral foam to just have a lot of space to move around, but you want it to be just fixed in there. It's a good idea to use the opening of the pumpkin to just make the pieces stable. If you have any excess of the fluorophore home cooking from the top of the pumpkin. Just cut it out and make sure you leave about 23 inches of it from above the opening of the pumpkin. And now after you fixed foam inside the pumpkin, go ahead and cut the, any excess plastic wrapping that you have around the pumpkin. Just make sure to leave about two inches from the opening of the pumpkin. Anything else that is poking out? You can just go ahead and, and cut it out. Now, this next part is optional. If you would like to use the cap of the pumpkin that wages cut out and cleaned. You can absolutely do that. It will look really nice with the arrangement. We are now going to use a do it our arrangement. But we will show you how to do it if you choose to. Can just get the cap and the wooden sticks and fix them out around the edge of the pumpkin cap. Like so with about three inches in between them and fix them around about a half of her the pump of the pumpkin cap. Now you're going to need to cut the sticks preferably at an angle. So the cap is slightly slanted. Cut them at five to six inches, and then choose an angle that you like and stick the what sticks inside the floral foam like. So it's just as simple as that. And now we have our pumpkin already to be arranged and we can get started with the creative stuff. 5. Arranging Greens: For the first step of arranging, we're going to lay the foundation, which is putting in our leaves and our greens, get all the leaves that I have chosen. And if you have long stems like we have here, cut some in smaller sections and you can insert into the thorough phone, like we are doing. If you have big leaves like these magnolia leaves, you learned about 34 or even five on each. But even if you have just individual leaves, we can still absolutely use those. Start by putting some leaves in the middle of your pumpkin or your arrangement and fan out from there. Arrange your leaves with plenty of spaces between them. For plants with Hardy stems, you can just use scissors to cut them that will not obstruct the absorption of fodder in them. If you have individual leaves with no stems left on it, you can insert a little bit of the base of the leaf in the fluorophore and make sure it's stable in there. We don't want any of the leaves to go to waste. After finishing with our first kinds of leaves, we're going to move on to our second, which is the red pine leaves. How we will cut it in the same manner that beachhead with a magnolia leaves. You're using the red pine leaves to fill in some of the still empty spaces in between the magnolia leaves. And it adds a lovely accent, color and contrasting the green off the magnolia leaves. Don't worry if you still have spaces where you can see the floral foam. That's where fibers and our ornaments will come in. As you can see, we only use two kinds of leaves, and now our pumpkin is ready for the flowers. 6. Arranging Flowers: The next step is putting in all our flowers. You want to have all your flowers nearby at hand. And you want to start with the biggest of your flowers. This will give you a good estimation of how much more flowers is needed. Or if you need to put in some more leaves. As you can see you, we are starting with our liver disease because they're the biggest. And XYZ try to always start with something around this center of the arrangement and then go outward from there. When you're cutting your flowers, it's good to cut longer than you think that you need. Then to get shorter. Then what do you think you need? And end up needing more length in your stem? First, cut a bit longer, and then see how it fits with the rest of your arrangement. If it's HE think it's too long, then you can always cut a little bit more. But you can always just inserted a little bit deeper in our flower foam. And that's the beauty of it. You can really fix the length of this demo of the flowers and leaves as you put them in there. When you cut flowers, you really want to use a utility knife and not just any regular scissors, even with stronger stem flowers like roses. And the reason for that is when we cut them with scissors, it causes the small vessels in the stem to close up and the flower won't get as much water as it would if it was cut with a utility knife that allows the vessels to remain open. And that can really affect how long the flowers stay looking fresh before wilting. So please remember for this arrangement and for any other time that we have flowers around the house. It's much better to cut them with a utility knife and with scissors. As you can see, we moved on from our biggest flower to our second biggest, which is the roses. Next are our button months. And because they are quite smaller than our gerber daisies, we're also punching them together to make them pop out a little bit more and to have their texture more visible. And we're going to use two colors of months to, towards the extract contrast and color. When you're cutting flowers that have more than one bug on each stem, try to keep as many buds together as you can and put them in the arrangement as so it gives it a more organic and natural field. And it helps all be, these flowers stay fresh longer. At this point, our arrangement is starting to look quite full. Turn around and all the sides and see if anything looks unbalanced. If there's any spaces left. You can still put smaller flowers in there, some leaves, even if you feel it needs more green. Just take your time with this step. Turn the pumpkin around, look at all the angles. Make sure everything is here. Liking experimental little bit with your color combinations, your placement of all the flowers and see what feels right to you and what feels nice. Doesn't feel coherent to try again. This is another advantage of the floral foam. You can take the flowers out and put them back in quite a few times, not an infinite amount of times. It will wear down in the end, but it certainly has this flexibility to it. And follow. Our arrangement is almost completed. 7. Final Touches: Once you're happy with all the flowers and the leaves and your placement of it. You can get the ornaments that you have and you can use it to fill in any empty spaces. We are going to use the small ornamental pumpkins. And what we will do is just grab the pumpkin and Bokeh within stick at the bottom of it and cut it to about ten inches, making a little bit of space for it with our hands and just hook it in there. By this point, while the flowers and the other ornaments will hold each other in place. And Herodotus are finished. Pumpkin floral arrangement. We're really excited to see what you come up with as well and what color combinations and flowers and the ornaments you have used. 8. Last Thoughts: So this was a finished pumpkin. We would love to see your finished off Kansas as well. So if you guys can take a picture of it and put it down in the class project section so we can see it. And other students in the class can see what you came up with as well. If you have any questions about any step in this process, please put it down in the discussion section and we will get back to you on that. I hope everybody enjoyed this class and hopefully we will be back with something else very soon. See you.