Nothing says fall like pumpkins. You know they are just big, clumsy winter squash. In the past they were used for a lot of different things, but these days we basically use them for holiday pies and Jack-o-lanterns. However, I like to use traditional pumpkins in a very non-traditional way by creating a pumpkin container for a fall arrangement or Thanksgiving centerpiece.
All you have to do to get started is cut a section out of the pumpkin where the arrangement will go, remove the seeds and drop in a piece of floral foam that has been soaked in water. You can find floral foam at most craft stores. I use this type of foam you soak in water only because I like to use fresh materials in my arrangements along with dried but if you are using exclusively dried materials you can choose ordinary Styrofoam.
I like to use things like dried flowers, the seed heads of grasses, seedpods and fruit and throw in a few fresh flowers if I have them around.
Now the key here is to keep the arrangement low, particularly if it is going to be used as a table centerpiece. For something smaller look to smaller members of the pumpkin family to put your arrangement in. And if you don't have time to put something this elaborate together just carve out the pumpkin and drop in an ordinary florist chrysanthemum.
There are a lot more uses for pumpkins than holiday pies and jack-o-lanterns.