Can't believe it's October already and coming into
my favorite time of the year... Fall!
I decided I wanted to create a large pumpkin topiary for our porch
to carry us through Halloween and Fall before the Christmas decorations come out.
After I took this photo, I'm thinking we need Fall colored pillows
on the porch chairs instead of the bright aqua...
I didn't take "during" photos but it's a simple process.
I bought the huge pumpkin that I used as the base of the topiary at Michael's.
This size is not inexpensive but luckily it was 60% off the day I bought it.
The medium sized black pumpkin was found at Target last year.
The garland is also from Michael's, as well as the
small pumpkin that I had painted with dots and stripes years ago.
I love that you can reinvent and reuse these artificial pumpkins.
Here they are before assembly when I was still painting them.
For the large bottom pumpkin, I spray painted it off white then painted
thick, black stripes.
The middle pumpkin was already glossy black, yay, so I only
had to paint the gold metallic dots. I used several layers to get the
opaque look I was going for.
My favorite gold is DecoArt Dazzling Metallics in Glorious Gold.
The top pumpkin had to be primed to cover the previous orange stripes
and dots then I sprayed it with orange spray paint.
I grabbed a small stencil I had and sponged with dark metallic gold
to get the scrolled pattern. After that dried, I loosely painted over
the stenciled area with a lighter gold to highlight the pattern.
I washed the whole thing in brown to give it some depth then
painted the stem in gold and sealed all of them with spray satin sealer,
I did a dry run by stacking them and wrapping the garland
around just to see where I was in the design and decided
the orange garland was too bright for me.
I went back to Michael's and exchanged the garland for a couple of
Fall bushes in more natural tones of green, rust and brown.
This color scheme works better for me.
I hot glued the pumpkins together then pulled the leaves from
my Fall bushes and hot glued them in place around the pumpkins.
I already had the black pedestal planter on hand. The topiary
just sits on top with a few spots of glue to hold it in place so
I can remove it later.
Looking back through my posts, the last Halloween decorations I made were the
almost five years ago...
I think I was due for a new Fall creation.
Oh and I found this adorable chevron pumpkin at Target the
other day. I paired with two other foam pumpkins I had on hand.
I had painted the polka dot one years ago but freshened it up with
a gold stem to match the chevron and added stripes to the mini pumpkin.
I added them to my entry way table for Fall.
Thanks for checking out my pumpkin topiary.
Happy Fall, Happy Halloween, and all that good stuff!
Swing by the shop to see what's new.