“Mums” the Word


Chrysanthemums and pumpkins, two fall favorites, when put together create a
darling decorating idea perfect for autumn parties.

[Look for mums in pots ranging in size from 1.5 quarts to 3 gallons.]


Step 1: Use an awl to poke holes, approximately 1/2″ apart, around the entire pumpkin.

Step 2: Cut blooms with 2″ to 3″ stems off the plants. Strip leaves from the stems.
Larger pumpkins will need around 120 blooms to completely cover
them; smaller pumpkins need about 100 blooms.

Step 3: Stick blooms in the holes. The moisture from the pumpkin flesh
will keep your “mumpkin” looking good for 3 to 4 days.


Love this idea, but I think I would like to try it with a “funkin,” those artificial carvable pumpkins,
and some silk mums. At least this way they would last longer than 3 to 4 days.

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