Sunday, September 26, 2010

Seasonal Sunday #17 – Pumpkin Topiaries

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Welcome to the 17th Seasonal Sunday. It’s all about what the season means to YOU! Now it’s officially fall, but it sure doesn’t feel like it. Saturday it was in the 80s in New York!
Part of it being Fall, means decoration for Fall – inside and out. While I love my pink door, it does make decorating for the different seasons a bit of a challenge. Lots of orange would definitely not work. As I hung my fall wreath and swag of many years, I decided that my exterior fall decor needed a bit of a boost and so I made pumpkin topiaries.
Lucky for me, Michaels had their faux pumpkins on sale for 40% off.

So that they would stack one on top of the other, using a serrated knife,
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I cut the stem out of the large and medium sized pumpkins.
In order to give them stability, I cut a small hole in the bottom of each of the three sizes and pushed a dowel through.
I wanted a little foliage to flow between each pumpkin so I arranged it where I wanted it to be and then…

…glue gunned the foliage, at the end, in and around the hole.

I wanted the dowel to be in place while I was applying the foliage, but this presented the issue of where to sit it while I worked on it.
My paper towel holder proved to be just the thing!
I pushed the dowel that was poking out of the bottom into the soil of the urns.
And the finishing touch was to gather more of the foliage around the base of the largest pumpkin.
Hope this brings some fall inspiration to you! I hadn’t done a craft project in awhile (too many tablescapes! LOL!). This project was fun, easy, and I love the results. As my good friend Kathleen at Cuisine Kathleen said, “It’s even squirrel proof!”

Looking forward to seeing what FALL means to YOU!

I’m also linking with:

- The Tablescaper


Karen said...

I love the topiaries! They are beautiful. Enjoyed looking.

Pat said...

I made a small orange topiary one year. I would love to make one of these white ones. Yours is wonderful!
Thanks for hosting.

We are meandering, so I'll try to do some visiting this evening when we get checked into our hotel.

Betty said...

I love your fall decorations. Crafting is so rewarding. I love this party too.

Rose H (UK) said...

What wonderful topiaries - they look fantastic.
Happy fall!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I'm lovin' your new pumpkin topiaries! They turned out great-enjoy:@)

Never Enough Thyme Creations said...

What a grand idea!! I love these!!!

Jeanne said...

Fantastic!!! I love how creative you are..this is perfect!

Jeanne :)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

A stack of white pumpkins in a black urn...perfection!!!!! I just love this wonderful, upscale, chic fall statement!
I am definitely going to copy this idea! It is just what I am looking for on my mantel.
Wonderful instructions too!
Miss Tablescaper, you are one packed with ideas, creative friend!
Thanks for hosting!

Natasha said...

Wow, it looks like you have been very busy this week! I love your idea and your instructions are so helpful for a novice crafter like me!

Thanks for having me today. I haven't been able to join in for a while and am thrilled to be taking part this week.

Best wishes,

bj said...

These are just beautiful and I am going to Michaels today to see if they have these white pumpkins. I am not really much into orange and would love one of these on my front porch. I have the urn...just need pumpkins.
Thanks for the inspiration..and for hosting.
Fall means spending time with grands, to me...Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer...:)))

ClassyGal said...

The pumpkin topiaries look great!

Kathleen said...

While I loved your topiary, I loved seeing your window treatment with the cups! So pretty!
I hope you saved the parts you cut off the pumpkins in case you ever want to repurpose them. You can glue the stems back and hide with some foliage.
Thanks for hosting, and the mention too!

Mimi said...

Those topiaries are very striking!

Sue said...

Absolutely love the white pumpkin topiaries! I always wondered how you could get those suckers to stay stacked! I agree with Kathleen- I noticed the swags and the teacups right away in that photo! Too clever...
~ Sue

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Gorgeous. This is so pretty. Love your urns too. What a fabulous idea and the tutorial is wonderful. Thanks. Hugs, Marty

Sarah said...

What a clever idea. I love the look of topiaries. I may just give this a try myself. I'm not too crafty, but your directions look easy to follow. I'll let you know. ;-)

Happy Sunday! Thanks for hosting. ~ sarah

Brenda Kula said...

What a beautiful welcome by your front door! I love this idea. Now I wish when I was at Michaels the other day, I'd purchased some white pumpkins. Great idea to use the paper towel holder to hold it too!

Jojo said...

What beautiful pumpkin topiaries! I generally am not much into fall decorating but I love that blogging inspires me to do a few things and your post is very inspiring.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Now this is so cute and I bet even I the craftily challenged could do this! WELL maybe not it does involve glue and cutting. Hmmmmmmmmm

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Love topiaries....of any pumpkins of any your blog

have a great week

Cass @ That Old House said...

These are stunning!
Wow -- LOVE them. I am going to have to get out to the crafts stores and see what they've got.

We stopped at a farmstand in our old town this morning and they had HUGE silver gray real pumpkins -- gorgeous and so different ... but SOOOOO expensive!

Mary said...

The white pumpkin topiaries are simply elegant. Love them!

Christie said...

I just love white pumpkins! This is so great! Thanks for showing us 'how!' Christie

Daphne said...

Wonderful job with the topiaries! They look fabulous, and I'm inspired to try them out myself.

Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating said...

LOVE the white pumpkins in your beautiful topiaries! I've been wanting to make one of these but can't find any reasonably priced urns... I'll keep looking.

My first time visiting and linking your party. Found you through Craft-O-Maniac and now following. I'd love for you to come by and link my Flaunt it Friday party, just love your topiaries! :)

Diann @ the Thrifty Groove said...

I just love these! I hope to make at least one of them this year!! Have a fantastic week.

Nancy said...

Love your white pumpkin topiaries! I made topiaries too and am planning to make these for my front porch. Your dining room look gorgeous!


susan said...

Love it! Every year I see these and wish I had some--you've inspired me. Maybe this is the year! The foliage is perfect!

Pat said...

I deleted and resubmitted my post, after I published another post, making my original link incorrect.


Dining Delight said...

What a great idea and thanks for the simple-instruction tutorial! Looks like something I might be able to do. I have "stacked" some real pumpkins but would love to make ones that would last for years. The white ones you've made are gorgeous and look "classy"! Thanks for hosting Seasonal Sundays - first time to join in!


girlichef said...

What a fun event, thank you for inviting me (sorry I'm late...busy weekend)!! I love your topiary! Fall is my absolute favorite time...and this makes me smile =)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a great idea! Your topiary turned out beautifully. Looks like a trip to Michaels is going on my shopping list!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Thanks for inviting me to link up. I am sorry it is late. I just love your topiaries and your tutorial is wonderful. Thanks. Hugs, Marty

Traci said...

I LOVE the topiaries!! What a wonderful idea!

Thanks so much for visiting me & inviting me to participate! I linked up.

Dishesdone said...

Very pretty and very creative! Looks like fall at your house! I think you can kiss the warmer weather goodbye for now, it's supposed to be cooler this week!

Page@ThriftyNiftyWise said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love this idea :) I just linked up!

Gail said...

I love your topiaries and love your use of the paper towel holder...I laughed. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a sweet comment. I'm a new follower and am looking forward to seeing all your tablescapes.

Have a wonderful day.

P.S. Thanks for the invite. I'll be linking up.

Judy said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and letting me know about your link-up! I am so excited for fall, I was literally dancing around this morning when I saw the beautiful fall temperatures predicted and I can't wait to see all the fall decorations coming out!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello sweet lady...

Ohhh...your entryway is autumn delcious, my friend!!! I love the autumn swag that you hung from the door pediments!!! Love, love, LOVE that gorgeous autumn wreath as well! Girlfriend, I have been wondering how to do the pumpkin topiaries...your tutorial was so helpful! I need to get over to Michaels and get a few of the sale pumpkins! Anyway, your pumpkin topiaries turned out sooo beautiful! I love the white pumpkins...they are the perfect solution to coordinate with that pretty pink door of yours! What a warm and inviting autumn entry...I love it!!!

I just read your sweet note that you left and came right over. Thank you so much for sweet compliments on my autumn living room and mantel! Sure means alot to me...coming from such a professional designer such as yourself! And...thank you for the personal invitation to join your Seasonal Sunday party! I did add my link. I do apologize for not having your Seasonal Sunday button in my post...but do promise to add it when I join next time! I hope that will be okay. Thank you so much for hosting this lovely Sunday party!!!

Warmest autumn wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Chari at Happy To Design said...'s just lil' ol' me again. I forgot to mention in my last note...and really wanted to say something. I loved getting a peek at your beautiful dining the photo where you were working on the pumpkin topiary using your towel holder. Ohhh...your toile curtains are gorgeous and I loved how you used the pretty teacups with the tassels to hang at the top! What a fabulous idea!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Becolorful said...

So I'm inspired. This is a fun but elegant look that appears to be fairly simple with great results.
Pam at Becolorful

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Thank you for inviting me to the party! I love your topiaries and at first glance I thought it was a picture from a magazine. They turned out great :D

Barbara said...

Hard to get in the mood when it's 80 out isn't it? That's a problem for we Floridians for sure!
I love the idea of your faux pumpkins 'cause they won't rot in our heat and the white will go with anything! Such a cute idea. Thanks for the details on crafting them.

Life with L said...

Great idea for pumpkins. Even weather proof. Thank you for the inspirations and ideas. I need some of those pumpkins. Have a great week! Hugs, Linda

Boogieboard cottage said...

Thank you for your nice comment to me on Boogieboard Cottage. I love your topiary and I really like the smart method you used to build it. Thank you also for inviting me to your link party, I've linked up. Mary :O)

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I think your topiaries are stunning. I really love themm with the white pretty!

Linda Q said...

Oh I love these! So much I might copy if I can find some good urns. I have been wanting some urns but haven't found the right ones or cheap enough etc.
I did make some single topiaries out of Michaels white pumpkins.

Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training said...

Your topiaries are fabulous! I bet your porch is the neighborhood show stopper.

Kendra aka “Domestic Princess in Training”

Ms. Bake-it said...

I love your White Pumpkin Topiaries! They look fabulous! Thanks for the inspiration and tutorial!

~ Tracy

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

What a great idea!!! I love how your pumpkin topiaries turned out! What a great way to use summer's urns after the flowers are gone!
I love white pumpkins, too!

Jennifer Juniper said...

Very cool - I think the leaves in between really make it!

Crafty Housewife said...

I love your pumpkin topiaries! That is so creative! Thanks for stopping by at the Crafty Housewife!

the cape on the corner said...

that is such a great idea, and i loved that you used your paper towel holder. great idea!

i will definitely link up to this week's seasonal sunday! thanks so much for stopping by and telling me about it! i can't wait to look at all those linkups, too.

Requi@Tablescaping Escapades said...

Gosh, those pumpkin topiaries in the urns are so cute. They may a great statement alongside your pink door. I tried my hand once at topiaries. You've inspired me to consider it again.

I like your nice lush wreath. Wish I got a close up.

All the Best,


Sherry said...

Those are awesome! I will come by this Sunday. From the looks of the posts above I am really missing out. Some great work is going on at Seasonal Sundays! Thanks for stopping by.

Lori@Paisley Passions said...

So pretty! Thanks SO much for joining in on Thrilling Thursdays @ Paisley Passions. I love to see the creative talent of other fellow bloggers. Hope you to see you again soon :)
~Lori S.
Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

Thanks for sharing your pumpkin topiaries with us at A Crafty Soiree! Great tip to use your paper towel holder to help you, I think I would've been stumped by that! Please join us next time too!