DIY: Lasting Beauties

We created a vase inspired by fall arrangements. Use dried or artificial flowers for all-season staying power.

by Kristina Domitrovich
photos by Lindsay Pace


  • 1 trick-or-treat pumpkin pail
  • Coarse sandpaper
  • Spackle
  • Putty knife
  • Textured stone spray paint (neutral-colored)
  • Spray paint (we used aqua and sage)
  • Floral glass pebbles
  • Floral arrangement


  1. Cut off the jack-o-landern’s handle, and discard. Use sandpaper to roughen the plastic’s texture, so the materials will adhere better. Wipe it clean with a damp cloth, then let dry.
  2. Use the putty knife and the spackle to fill the jack-o-lantern’s facial features, and the holes from the handle. Let dry completely. Sand down if needed.
  3. Place open-side down onto a drop cloth, and spray the entire pumpkin’s outside with the textured spray paint. Let dry.
  4. Spray paint with the light aqua or sage color. Let dry for about 30 minutes, then, from a distance, lightly and sporadically spray with the white spray paint. This will make the pumpkin look more realistic, like a jarrahdale pumpkin.
  5. Once dry, fill with glass pebbles to weigh down the pumpkin, and add a floral arrangement.
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