Ahhhh, we’ve had some nicer cooler days around here lately, and I’m loving this fall weather. Man, I hope it is here to stay for a while! And just like the last cool spell we had, it’s gotten me in the mood for another fall craft. Yay. J loves pumpkins. I mean, loves. So, I thought I’d make a little pumpkin craft for him to admire. Especially since I have been collecting the things since he showed so much interest in them last fall. Did I mention he tried to uh, borrow, a large one from a neighbor’s porch while trick-or-treating last year? Yeah…
So, I set out to make him some pumpkin topiaries that we can use to decorate around here throughout the fall and that I can also enjoy through his excitement as he yells out ‘pumpkin’ every few minutes when he sees them. Seriously. Seriously adorable.
Here are the supplies I used for each topiary. (I made 2)
– small flower pot
– 3 different sizes of small pumpkins (I got mine at Hobby Lobby)
– hot glue
– foam for inside of pot
– paint (to change color of pots – I used Delta Burnt Umber)
First, I removed the stems from the 2 larger pumpkins. I kinda had to to twist them a little as I pulled them out to keep them from tearing up the area around the holes.
Next, I shortened what I’m calling the tails on all 3 pumpkins. You know, the little stakes to stab them into an arrangement… I used the scissors to cut the plastic all the way around then bent the remaining metal so it snapped. Easy enough.
Then, I shot some hot glue down into the stem hole in the top of the largest pumpkin and added an extra button of glue on top.
Next, I fed the middle-sized pumpkin’s tail/stake into the stem hole and glue on the larger pumpkin.
And repeated the last two steps with the glue on the middle-sized pumpkin and attaching the smallest pumpkin on top of it. So that all 3 pumpkins are attached together.
Once I had my little 3 pumpkin towers created, I realized I needed to paint my pots brown because I didn’t like the green with them. Not sure how I didn’t realize that at the beginning… O well. (That is why there is a random newspaper ad in the next pic, though – I was using it to keep paint off the table.)
Then, I cut a 6″ foam circle into fourths and put one into each pot and placed my leaves on top. (My leaves were from a garland I found at Garden Ridge, so I cut a few links off the garland chain and used the links to hold the leaves on, but you could just hot glue them if yours don’t stay on their own.)
Then, i just stabbed the bottom pumpkin’s stake through the leaves’ links and into the foam and adjusted them until I got them straight.
How are you preparing for fall? Making any fun fall crafts? Or just enjoying some cooler temps?