I have a fun, fall project for you today! (updated picture above from my Fall 2012 table) – excuse the poor before blogging/before good camera/before I knew anything about photography pictures in this post.
You might have seen this pumpkin topiary on my table when I posted about decorating your table with placemats. But I thought you might enjoy the tutorial on how I made it. It is super easy and takes less than 30 minutes.
It all started because my mother-in-law had a pumpkin topiary just like this that she had bought years ago at Garden Ridge. Every fall, I would admire hers and wish I had one of my own. So last year, I borrowed it for a few days and headed out to get all the supplies to make my OWN!
The 2 leaf garlands came from the Dollar Tree, but I only used one. The bucket was already in my stash (I just gave it a quick coat of ORB spray paint before assembling it.) The other leaf picks and flowers and the three pumpkins came from Michaels. With a 40% sale and an additional 10% off your purchase coupon, I got all my supplies for under $10.
I had a hard time finding three pumpkins the same color and the sizes that I needed. I ended up with a small one and large one exactly the same and the middle one different. But once I got it together and all the filler added, you can hardly tell and I really like the subtle difference.
I removed the stems from all three pumpkins. I actually glued the stem from the middle pumpkin on the top pumpkin because I liked it better than the little stubby on the small pumpkin. I secured the pumpkins to the bucket and to each other with plenty of hot glue.
(By the way, this would look gorgeous with white pumpkins! )
I took leaves off the garland and used some of them along with the fall picks and glued them in between the pumpkins. And I also glued more along the edge of the bucket until I got the look I wanted.
Here is the finished product!
I have not seen anything like this in stores this year or last year. The closest that came to it was this pumpkin topiary at Kirkland’s last year for $24.99!
I think I like mine better anyways and I definitely like the $10 price tag better.
By the way, now is the perfect time to pick up faux pumpkins at the store if you are wanting to make your own topiary. Our Michael’s already had fall stuff on clearance for 70% off. And Hobby Lobby should be putting their fall stuff on deep discount anytime now too.
By the way, you can also make a pumpkin topiary with real (or faux) pumpkins outdoors. Love this outdoor pumpkin topiary that Kate at Centsational Girl did. (The 2 colors of pumpkins would look really good in a topiary like mine too. )
Have you made any fall or Thanksgiving crafts this year?
What is your favorite fall décor or craft? This topiary and my fall banner from this year are two of my favorites!
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