I carved out two medium-sized pumpkins just big enough to fit a medium-sized wide-mouth canning jar inside. Then I placed the jars, and filled them with water, plant food, and mini carnations. I chose carnations because they last a long time. When it’s time to decorate for Christmas, mix the carnations in one big vase, and you’re ready for the holidays.
I used squat pumpkins and 2¼-inch-wide pillar candles. I carved out a hole that was just big enough to hold the candle. When carving the hole, err on the smaller side and adjust as needed.
Pumpkin & gourd menagerie
I arranged a variety of small pumpkins and gourds in a large glass cylinder. (All the pumpkins and gourds that I used are from Farmer John’s in Half Moon Bay, California).