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Fall favorites -- chrysanthemums and pumpkins -- come together for a dazzling decorating idea perfect for autumn parties.
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Look for mums in pots ranging in size from 1.5 quarts to 3 gallons.
Use an awl to poke holes, approximately 1/2" apart, around the entire pumpkin.
Cut blooms with 2" to 3" stems off the plants. Strip leaves from the stems. Larger pumpkins will need around 120 blooms to completely cover them; smaller pumpkins need about 100 blooms.
Stick blooms in the holes. The moisture from the pumpkin flesh will keep your "mumpkin" looking good for 3 to 4 days.