Friday, September 26, 2008

Pumpkin Topiary

I've been seeing different variations of this pumpkin topiary lately, and I decided that I wanted one for myself.

I had the hardest time finding this urn style pot. This isn't the time of year to go pot shopping, but I finally found this one at Lowes.

I bought the faux pumpkins at Michael's along with the 5/8 inch dowel and the assorted fall foliage. I had to drill holes in the pumpkins to connect them. Man, was that messy.

Then my dowel was a tinsy bit too long so I had to attack it with this hack saw. Is that what this is called? I think Peanut Head got his kicks watching me do this. I couldn't get a rhythm going and I earned every millimeter. When I was finally at the end, he asked me (with a chuckle in his voice) "Do you want some help, honey?" What a little snot he is.

I did it! The sad part is that the easy part is over now. I didn't really know what I was doing with all the foliage and I went a little crazy with the glue gun. I burnt myself with the glue gun so many times that I lost count.

The problem with hot glue is that a) it's sticky and b) it's dang hot. Not a good combination.

Anyway, I plodded along and TA-DA!

I'm just hoping none of this stuff pops off with the first frost. I don't want a repeat of the pine cone incident.


  1. I think it looks great!! I think I am going to try that for my front porch.

  2. That turned out so cute!! What a neat idea!

  3. awsome auntie! hehe...

    it really did turn out well along with the door you painted too, that looks nice!


  4. I LOVE that...I have been seeing these too but have not attempted it. It turned out GREAT!!!

  5. Cute! Thanks for the great tutorial. I always see things I like on people's blogs, but never know how do it. I am not the most crafty person in the world.

    PS- I love the title of your blog. :)

  6. It looks great! You did an excellent job on the topiary...Thanks for sharing!

  7. Love it!!! You did such a good job. Thanks for joining the link-a-thon!

    Lemon Annie

  8. I just finished this very project! I came online to figure out how to finish it up since 3 bare pumpkins stacked on top of each other sitting on a pot look kind of naked.

    I had to show my husband because as I scrolled down I saw the exact pot we had put in our cart at Lowe's just last night! I'm an admitted cheap skate and when I saw the $39 price tag I almost couldn't go through with it. Then when we got to the checkout and it rang up for much more (it was placed in the wrong spot on the shelf) I almost had a heart attack! LOL We had to go back and rethink our plan and I found a cute black pot for $12 and although the urn looks MUCH better I'm still happy with it. I have urn envy because yours turned out just gorgeous! You are so right.. I never knew how hard it could be to find an urn this time of year.

    Thanks for the idea on how to fill in between and around the bottom of the pumpkins. I'm off to scrounge through my fall crafting stash to finish this up.

  9. Crazy uber cute, I so want to do this for the office!!

  10. I have always loved this idea! Yours turned out great! Happy Fall - it's almost here - woo hoo!

  11. SOOO pretty!!!

    I love all things fall!! :)

  12. So fabu!
    Found you thru Thrifty Decor Chick.
    Off to check out more of you awesome blog.

  13. That is adorable! I have a couple of those urns from Lowes, too, and I've been wanting to decorate them seasonally!

  14. Thank you for sharing how to make one! You did a beautiful job!

    Mine pumpkin is so lightweight that I am waiting any minute for a strong wind to up and blow it away:)