Hand Painted Pumpkin Topiary for Fall and Halloween

hand painted pumpkin topiary
My latest Fall creation, a large pumpkin topiary using artificial pumpkins.

Michael's foam pumpkin topiary
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.

painted black and white stripe pumpkin
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
had to paint the gold metallic dots. I used several layers of 
DecoArt Dazzling Metallics in Glorious Gold to get the
 opaque look I was going for. It is my go-to gold color. To paint
circles I prefer filbert brushes. Filberts are flat with oval shaped ends
and they make painting circles easy.

The top pumpkin had to be primed with spray primer to cover the previous orange 
stripes and dots and then I sprayed it with orange spray paint. If you already 
have an orange pumpkin, you are good to go!

hand painted foam pumpkin
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.
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 lightly wiped away the excess to give it a little
depth. I painted the stem gold and sealed the whole thing 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 ended up going 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 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.

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

fall decorating front porch
It adds a nice look on our front porch!

See my other easy Halloween and Fall decorating ideas like 

large designer look 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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Cheers!
~Lucy

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