Pumpkin centerpiece It's Simply Lindsay

We all love fall, the most wonderful time of the year, filled with pumpkin lattes, pumpkin candles, pumpkin pie, pumpkin facials, and oh yes, what about good ole’ fashioned plain pumpkins?! When my mom told me she was having a fall themed dinner party, I offered to make the tablescape and centerpiece, with what better than…you guessed it… pumpkins!

Place “Cards”

I’m a gold girl, and to me, gold screams fall, so I spray painted miniature pumpkins gold for the place cards and tied hand-written names to the stems with twine.


Vary the sizes of your pumpkins for visual interest. I chose two medium sized pumpkins, spray painted gold, for the accents to the main attraction – a naturally seafoam green pumpkin used as a vase.

Continue reading to learn how to make this simple DIY fall tablescape – great for dinner parties, everyday decor, and Thanksgiving.

DIY Pumpkin Centerpieces

Pick your pumpkins

I loved this whole process, which started with a trip to my local garden center with my mom and daughter where I fell in love with Mother Earth’s natural autumnal beauty. The range of colors, shapes, and sizes of the pumpkins made me want to move into a pumpkin patch. As I admired the deep red-orange and sage-colored pumpkins and beautiful cabbage, my mom carried Ginny as she tried to catch the wind in her mouth – a favorite outside hobby of hers.

DIY Fall Tablescape - It's Simply Lindsay

DIY Fall Tablescape - It's Simply Lindsay

But I digress. Back to business.

Your normal grocery store may not have the unique shapes and colors of pumpkins you’re looking for, so search your local Farmer’s Markets and garden centers for a wider variety – I saw pumpkins in creams, greens, seafoam, blood orange, yellow, red, and so much more.

DIY Fall Tablescape - It's Simply Lindsay



Here’s what you’ll need to recreate this look; choose your own favorite colors for spray paint and flowers, and feel free to mix and match paint colors or finishes for a fun twist.

  • Mini pumpkins, medium pumpkins, large pumpkin
  • Serrated knife
  • Floral Foam Cake
  • Spray paint
  • Cardboard, tarp, or newspaper
  • Disposable gloves
  • Assorted flowers

DIY Fall Tablescape - It's Simply Lindsay


  1. Wash and thoroughly dry pumpkins before spray painting. The paint will not adhere properly or spray evenly if wet.
  2. Spread out your cardboard, tarp, or newspaper in a large space outside to paint.
  3. Put on your gloves, and shake spray paint for 2 minutes before use; then spray in a swooping motion about 10 inches from the pumpkin. You will lightly spray a few coats until you achieve the look you’re going for.
  4. Let dry for 15 minutes before moving. In an hour, they will be completely dry. If you have a beautiful, unique colored pumpkin, consider keeping it au natural.
  5. For the large pumpkin, trace the size of your floral foam to cut an opening. Floral foam can also easily be cut if needed. I ended up cutting the bottom of the pumpkin because it provided a wider shape at the top where the flowers would go. My stem was stumpy and didn’t get in the way, but you could cut your stem down if needed.
  6. Scoop out the pumpkin guts, and be sure to save the seeds for a tasty treat! Put the floral foam in the center. I cut my flowers pretty short so they filled in the opening nicely. I started with the burgundy mums I bought because I had the most of them; I dispersed them evenly throughout the space, then added the larger flowers in to fill the gaps, and finished with my yellow “filler” flowers.

Fall centerpiece- It's Simply Lindsay

I hope you can find some inspiration from this lovely little project!

  • Justin Copeland

    I LOVE THOSE PICTURES!!!! #pumpkincenterpiece

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thank you!!

  • Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    Such beautiful photo’s. I love your table scape, very pretty!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thank you, Cynthia ; )

  • Shann Eva

    Love this! The flowers inside look so cool, and the little ones are so cute . Love that they are gold.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks so much!

  • Such a fantastic idea! It makes them look super fancy 🙂

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks Hannah, and you’re right! A few sprays of paint completely transforms its look.

  • I love painted pumpkins. Your table looks beautiful!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thank you so much!

  • Gorgeous! Your dining room is so beautiful and I love how the pumpkins turned out. Spray paint is magical, isn’t it? Pinning for the first time I actually host a fall meal like Thanksgiving 🙂

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I feel like I can change the world with spray paint – that’s what Pinterest has done to me! haha

  • My GOSH, Lindsay!! Holy man! I can’t believe how gorgeous that dining room is. It looks straight out of a movie! I saw that centerpiece on Instagram and fell in love with it! wow, you are SO talented!!!!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks Chelsea! It’s my parents’ kitchen seating area, not even their formal dining room – my mom has good taste : ) I took over her dinner party decor for her. Thanks so much for the kind words!! Made me smile (Miss model) ; )

  • I love this!!! Everything looks amazing! I really love the pumpkin with the flowers inside of it. Great job!!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks! It’s really easy to do – I’ll be making another one for Thanksgiving – you should too!

  • Jaime Blunier Groleau

    Beautiful! What a great idea! I am hosting Thanksgiving at my house this year and will have to try some of these! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I’ll also be making some more for Thanksgiving, and I’m so happy to hear you will too!

  • Emily @ Painting it Purple

    Your table looks so beautiful!! I really love your centrepiece, so great!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I appreciate your kind comment – thanks for stopping by, Emily : )

  • It’s indeed innovative and looks so wonderful! 🙂

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Aw thank you very much, I appreciate your kind words.

  • Lisa

    Very pretty. I love the pumpkin with the flowers!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks, Lisa! That was my favorite part, too : )

  • Stunning! I’m completely in love with the details of the table setting! The pumpkin with a floral arrangement is such a wonderful idea! You totally inspired me to make one for my mother-in-law who is hosting Thanksgiving!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      That’s a great idea – I would love if someone brought this as a hostess gift!

  • This is such a cute idea!! The other day I went to Walmart and saw white pumpkins. Next time I go I will get one and do this! Thanks for sharing! Pinned 🙂

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Let me know how yours turns out!! So glad you liked it – thanks for reading : )

  • beautiful! I am working on a new kitchen table diy project RIGHT MEOW. And Im hoping to have it finished in time to make Thanksgiving and Christmas tablescapes!! Thanks for the inspiration girl!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Hooray!! So glad this came at a convenient time for you, Amanda.

  • Jess Rey

    so pretty and classic. Love the floral pumpkin centerpiece.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thank you, Jess!

  • Candy Kage

    Love decorating for fall and this is perfect centerpiece to make. Love it.

  • Ah this is SO incredibly chic! Love the white pumpkin look <3 x

  • This is gorgeous! I had no ideas pumpkins came in so many beautiful colors naturally. Definitely need to hit up a nature center or pumpkin patch soon.

  • Oh, wow! This looks amazing! Pumpkins haven’t grown yet here, but I would love to have such a center piece on my table.

    Cristina | *janded

  • This is so cute! I love this alternative to showcasing pumpkins!

  • This is so cute! It is getting me in the mood for fall!

  • I love that centerpiece! It’s so cute. 🙂 I might have to give it a try this fall.

  • Look at you – channeling your inner DIY! I love this. Bring on the pumpkin!

  • How charming! I am going to have to make this in October. So adorable.

  • Melissa

    These are so pretty. I will have to find a reason to make them 🙂

  • These came out so lovely! Thank you for the inspo and easy to follow instructions. I adore decorating for the Fall!

  • Oh wow! This is truly gorgeous! I love that so much!

  • This is so cute! I can’t wait to start decorating for fall!

  • Amanda | Maple Alps

    These are so adorable! I can’t wait to decorate for fall!

  • Liz

    Gorgeous!!!! Can’t wait to try it myself!

  • Aliza Hale Biorn

    What a neat idea! I need some pumpkins for my porch and now I will get one for our centerpiece too.

  • This turned out awesome! I will need to grab some pumpkins and try it!

  • Now this is a great idea. Why can’t I think of stuff like this? I want to try this for for Thanksgiving I just hope it turns out as good as yours did. LOL

  • What a gorgeous tablescape; you did an awesome job. Martha Stewart better lookout:)

  • Shani Ogden

    I love decorating with pumpkins and spray painting them to fit any color scheme is so smart. I used to dislike gold anything, but as I’ve gotten older it has definitely grown on me and I use it in the fall a lot.

  • Ashleigh

    I love this pumpkin center piece and the Fall decor! I can’t wait to start decorating for Fall and all the crafts! Thank you for sharing this great diy!

  • I love this!! Pumpkins are my favorite decoration in fall so I’ll definitely be giving this a try!

  • How cute!! I love this! I wish Australia experienced fall the same way you do 🙂

  • Linds, it looks awesome!! How do you find time to do all these awesome crafts, parties and such with a busy job and a little family?!

  • StayWithMeonThis

    This is so pretty! I’m definitely going to try this with dollar store items 🙂

  • ccmaine

    Super cute! I love decorating with pumpkins and you’ve just showed me yet another way to ‘pumpkin’ up my home 🙂

  • Wow great DIY! I just love fall centerpieces, they’re absolutely gorgeous.

  • Paige Allison

    You can come and host a dinner party at my place anytime! I love the floral arrangement you have with the greens, reds and oranges. Stunning! Our garden centers are JUST starting to get pumpkins, and it has me all excited, even though it’s still close to 100 degrees out!

  • These are gorgeous! I can’t believe it’s already time to start thinking about fall but I love decorating and entertaining during this season!

  • Kelsie Kleinmeyer

    I LOVE those flowers! The perfect fall colors. Pumpkins make the best decor!! Can’t wait for fall decor.

  • Tiffany {A Touch of Grace}

    I love this! Totally adding something like this to our dining room table this year. What a fun and festive idea Lindsay!

  • Yasss! This tablescape is perfect! I’m so beyond excited for fall and this DIY is absolutely perfect! Happy fall, love!