pumpkin centerpieces

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You can fill out your pumpkin centerpiece with fall leaves, berries, nuts, lotus pods, wheat and other interesting accents.  I found these lovely silk leave in a dollar store and couldn't resist giving one last splash of autumn color to this design.

You can always use real leaves, especially if you have the advantage of using the ones out of your own front yard!  Just be sure to soak them in a water bath before attaching them with a wooden pick.

Silk leaves, however, come handily on their own wire stems!  I love the real look of the spider veins in these leaves.

Of course .. . I'm super controlling over my flowers and don't want the backside of the leaves showing and revealing that they are silk.  So I cut them apart so I have more control over what shows in my arrangement when I insert these leaves.

Just as with my flower faces, I want the natural curve to enhance and follow the roundness of my design.

Tuck the leaves in at random, mixing or matching different colors with the flowers.

Bury the leaves a little deep, allowing the flowers to take center stage over the foliage.

Just a few leaves are needed - but they make quite a statement!

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