Hand Painted Pumpkin Topiary for Fall and Halloween

hand painted pumpkin topiary
Hi All.
Can't believe it's October already and coming into
my favorite time of the year... Fall!

Fall porch decor
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...

Michael's foam pumpkin topiary
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.

painted black and white stripe pumpkin
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.

hand painted foam pumpkin
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,

black and white striped pumpkin, stenciled pumpkin
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.

Michael's pumpkin topiary
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.

giant Fall topiary
I hot glued the pumpkins together then pulled the leaves from 
my Fall bushes and hot glued them in place around the pumpkins.

artistic 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.

studded pumpkins from the dollar store and hand made ravens
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.

black and white chevron, striped and dotted pumpkins
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. 

pumpkin topiary
Update October 2016 thank you for all the inquiries but I'm not
creating any pumpkins or topiaries to sell. The size would cause shipping
to be cost prohibitive :)

Thanks for checking out my pumpkin topiary. 
Happy Fall, Happy Halloween, and all that good stuff!

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or swing by my Etsy shop for clearance pricing on 
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4 comments:

  1. Lobe these ideas! Do you remember what sizes of pumpkins you used?

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    1. Thank you Mandy! I don't remember exactly, was just trying to get one large enough for the bottom to fit the planter I already had.

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