My latest Fall creation, a large pumpkin topiary using artificial pumpkins.
I didn't take "during" photos but it's a simple process and this is what I
started with. The huge white pumpkin I used for the base was purchased at Michael's.
This size is not inexpensive but it happened to be on sale the day I bought it.
The medium sized black pumpkin was found at Target last year and the small
pumpkin is one I already had that I had painted with dots and stripes years ago.
I also purchased a few fall leaf garlands at Michaels.
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. I was already a
cream color but I wanted a crisper background. After it was dry, I
painted thick, black stripes using regular acrylic craft paint.
The middle pumpkin was already glossy black, yay, so I only
painted gold metallic dots. I used several layers of
DecoArt Dazzling Metallics in Glorious Gold to get the opaque look
I was going for. I love this particular gold, it is my go-to gold color!
The top pumpkin had to be primed with spray primer to cover the previous orange
stripes and dots and then sprayed with orange spray paint. If you already
have an orange pumpkin, you are good to go!
To create the top pumpkin design, I grabbed a small swirly stencil
I had and just held it in different areas over the pumpkin while I sponged on top of
the stencil with dark metallic gold to get the scrolled pattern. It doesn't have to
be perfect. You could also free hand gold swirls, or paint whatever
design you like!
I added a few highlights by loosely painting over the stenciled area with a lighter gold.
After dry, I brushed the whole piece with watered
down brown paint and quickly and gently wiped away the excess to give it a little
depth. I painted the stem gold and sealed the whole thing 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 ended up going back to Michael's and exchanged the bright garland
for more natural tones that work better for me and I already had the
black pedestal planter on hand. The topiary actually just sits on top of the urn
with a few spots of glue to hold it in place so I can remove it later.
The whole pumpkin stack is surprisingly light.
All the pumpkins and the leaves are glued in
place with hot glue.
I love the look of it on our front porch along with our solar pumpkins!
I added a wreath that I found at a local store but plumped it up with
more fall foliage sprays and small foam pumpkins.
I found the mini pumpkins and a few Fall sprays that had small pumpkins
already attached but repainted the little pumpkins
with black and white stripes.
See my other easy Halloween and Fall decorating ideas like
This year I revamped a pair of outdoor pillows by painting them in
a Halloween theme.
They turned out great and add a little Halloween flair to the back porch.
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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