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Making Vases from your Gourds

The holidays are a great excuse to unleash your inner decorator and designer. With such an emphasis on those big sit-down meals (you know, the ones where you're crowded around a table that comfortably seats four but is somehow accommodating you, your distant cousins, and their respective clans), a gorgeous tablescape is a must. But what do you do if all the available decor options are so been-there-done-that? The Spruce has a genius, easy, and unique solution for you: Make flower vases out of your gourds.

Choosing Your Gourd

There are so many gourd varieties and nearly all of them can pull double duty as a vase: butternut squash, acorn squash, sugar pumpkins, ghost pumpkins, and more.

Before you buy your gourd, think about how tall you want your centerpiece to be. A butternut squash, for example, is perfect for long-stemmed blooms, whereas an acorn squash is a better fit for a more low profile arrangement.

What You'll Need


Paring knife

  • Serrated knife

  • Cutting board

  • Spoon or ice cream scoop

  • Glass vase (optional)


  • Gourd

  • Fresh or dried flowers

Use your knife to cut a hole in the top of your gourd. Cut around the stem to create a wide opening.

Next, you'll hollow out your gourd using a spoon. For tougher gourds, like butternut squash, an ice cream scoop will help make the job go more quickly.

Add Vase And Water

While you can pour water directly into the gourd, your arrangement will last longer if you place a glass inside. Vases, water glasses, and shot glasses all work well.

Now for the fun part! It's time to arrange your flowers. Add your desired dried or fresh flowers to the gourd vase, starting with the flower that will serve as the bouquet's focal point and working from there, adding additional flowers until arrangement feels complete.

We would love to hear what you would love to do with your centerpieces and decor. If you're looking for gourds or specific items, just give us a call! We're here for all your decorating needs!

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