I finally got around to making my pumpkin topiaries and they look awesome! I did something a little different this year. Instead of using real pumpkins, I purchased some fake ones at Michaels. They were 40% off so I spent about $25 for 4 pumpkins. Not bad considering I can use them year after year. I would spend almost as much buying real pumpkins every year and they would just get thrown away. Now I can just put them in a storage container and bring them out every fall ready to go!
The idea for these topiaries came from a Lowe's home magazine about 4 or 5 years ago. They used real pumpkins, drilled holes down the middle and inserted a metal rod to hold them together. Only problem is the pumpkins start to rot after a few weeks and I wanted to keep mine for 2 months. I decided to use their idea but change it up a bit. I used my trusty old glue gun to hold the pumpkins together and it works great! I keep the topiaries out until the end of November when I get all my Christmas decorations out.
Here's is what I used to make 2 topiaries:
2 medium pumpkins
2 small pumpkins
fall leaves and berries
2 pots or urns (I used the urns on my porch that had summer flowers in them)
I started by hot-gluing a few leaves near the stem on the small pumpkins. I had some berries and acorns left over from my wreath project so I glued some of those on too.
Then I glued some leaves on the bottom of the medium pumpkins.
Finish by gluing the small pumpkin to the bottom of the medium pumpkin. I know this sounds backwards but I didn't want to cut the stem off the medium pumpkin and take a chance of ruining it so I just turned the pumpkin upside down.
I kept the potting soil in my urns so they would have some weight to them and not blow away. I dug a shallow hole and pushed the pumpkins, stem side down, into the urn. Finish off with a little spanish moss around the edges to hide the dirt. Easy peasy (and inexpensive!) and so much fun for fall! I love the way they look on my front porch will all the other fall decor. The pillow on my chair was from Target (years ago) and I always used the side with the leaves. I decided to turn it around and I like the striped side now. I think my front porch is done - maybe I'll get a potted mum - but other than that, I'm done!!