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Monday, October 14, 2013

Fall Decor Pumpkin Topiary Tutorial

Here is the Part 2 of my earlier post.  In my first post, I shared how I took this planter from needing some TLC to the one below.   You can click here to see that post.   Now for the tutorial on my Dollar Store Pumpkin Fall Topiary.  

DIY Fall Decor Pumpkin Topiary Tutorial, How to make a fall pumpkin topiary    Life on Lakeshore Drive

I put this fall pumpkin arrangement together using floral leaf and berry picks from the Dollar Tree.  The pumpkin is from last year, and if I remember correctly it came from Wal-Mart.  

DIY Fall Decor Pumpkin Topiary Tutorial, Dollar Store Fall Crafts     Life on Lakeshore Drive

Here's a close up of the topiary.

Dollar Tree leaves and berries picks decorating idea, fall decor

Here is my stash of leaves that I purchased at the Dollar Tree.  I also bought some bunches of berries that I forgot to put in the pic.  I love the darker leaves so much, I really wish I had bought more of them.  I went back to get a few more, but they were sold out.  That's one thing about the Dollar Store....if you see something you like, you better grab it while you can.  

DIY Fall Decor Pumpkin Topiary Tutorial, How to make a pumpkin topiary     Life on Lakeshore Drive

I placed three styrofoam floral blocks in the center of the planter, and added one circular one at the top to keep the pumpkin level.

   I layered the outside with the leaves and then added the berries to the middle of the planter.

How to paint a pumpkin, Martha Stewart Metallic Bronze, cast bronze    Life on Lakeshore Drive

I have never been extremely fond of the finish on this pumpkin, so I painted it with one of my all-time favorite colors.  

Martha Stewart Metallic Bronze, cast bronze   Life on Lakeshore Drive  Martha Stewart Metallic Bronze   Life on Lakeshore Drive

 I used Martha Stewart Metallic Paint in Cast Bronze.  It took about three coats of this paint to get it completely covered.  To give it a little bit of contrast, I let the orange show through in a few places on the pumpkin.

***Update to this post***

I just have to throw in my two cents worth on my choice of paint!!  This would be the week I feature a Martha Stewart paint project with her unkind comments regarding bloggers!  Although this is one of my favorite paint colors, I will not be buying this brand again!!  My fellow bloggers are some of the most amazing and creative people I know, and I love you all!!!!!!!

Bronze Pumpkin with Owl Fall Decor, No Carve Pumpkin Idea      Life on Lakeshore Drive

I love this little mini pumpkin that I painted in the same color last year.  I use this pumpkin in one of my cupcake stands in my kitchen.   The color stands out so much that I wanted to use it on a large pumpkin.

DIY Fall Decor Pumpkin Topiary Tutorial, Dollar Store Fall Crafts     Life on Lakeshore Drive

Once the pumpkin was dry and ready to go, I pushed a long, sturdy piece of floral wire into the bottom of the pumpkin.  Then I just pushed it down into the foam, and secured it with the wire.

                            DIY Fall Decor Pumpkin Topiary Tutorial, Dollar Store Fall Crafts     Life on Lakeshore Drive

I have a bag full of glittery foam letters that I bought at Wal-Mart awhile back.  I added  "fall" using those letters.  Times like these are when a Cameo would sure come in very handy!!  Sigh...Maybe one of these days!

DIY Fall Decor Pumpkin Topiary Tutorial, Dollar Store Fall Crafts     Life on Lakeshore Drive

Next, I added the burlap bow which I attached with a floral pin!  I can't help it, I am just a bow fanatic!  Plus, it also covered up the stem on the pumpkin. 

 I used glue dots to attach the leaves at the top of the pumpkin.   To finish it off, I stuck a few acorns and pine cones throughout the leaves.  All done!  A super easy and cheap project.  

DIY Fall Decor Pumpkin Topiary Tutorial, Dollar Store Fall Crafts     Life on Lakeshore Drive

If you missed the planter makeover, you can check out that post here.  The photo below shows the dramatic difference with what a little paint can do!

DIY Spray Paint & Gold Gilding Wax Planter Makeover  Life on Lakeshore Drive

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Unknown said...

So darling! Love this idea


Winnie said...

It looks sooooooooo beautiful!
We don't celebrate Halloween but I just love your creation.
Wonderful colors that really symbolize Fall

NanaDiana said...

What a cute idea! I love the copper toned pumpkin. It looks great and you are all ready "dressed" for Fall! xo Diana

Anne said...

That is so cute and so cleaver!

Buttercup Bliss said...

Your topiary is adorable!!! I love it :-))

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hi, what a beautiful job you did making this pumpkin and putting it into the urn. I love the new color of the pumpkin! That was really creative of you. Enjoy the rest of the week.
Julie @ julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

Mamal Diane said...

That is so cute. I need to go to the Dollar Store I haven't been in years. Thanks for the great ideas Kathy.

The Style Sisters said...

Always great ideas here on your blog!The transformation of the urn is FAB!!! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share this idea with us. http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2013/10/centerpiece-wednesday-97.html
Karin :)

Patty Rumaker said...

Great Job! I go to the Dollar store and I find nothing. Other people go and seem to find everything. I am going to have to go back with a very fresh mind and approach it a little differently.
Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

Unknown said...

Hi Kathy. Thanks for linking up this Fall Decor Pumpkin Topiary Tutorial to my Sweet Wednesday Link Party. You did a beautiful job, so pretty for a fall table!

Have a Sweet Day!

priscilla said...

Very pretty ! Love the painted urn !

Cynthia said...

This is so gorgeous Laurel. I love the color you chose!!!

Thanks for sharing this


Lori @ Dining Delight said...

This turned out wonderfully! I especially love the colour of the pumpkin with the leaves and the urn! Thanks for the how-to on the type of paint you used to paint the pumpkin - hope I can find some like it!


RealHouseWifeOfNOVA said...

While I don't condone your choice of paint I realize that you are " not a Vogue editor" and therefore shall be excused : ) awesome job! I love a good dollar store project! Thanks for hosting this weeks blog hop!

DeeDee said...

So beautiful! You did an awesome job! :)

Jeannie Marie said...

It's really a very dramatic statement and so beautifully done for fall.

Unknown said...

Hi Kathy! First of all I adore your topiary! It's elegant, simple, easy to make and very affordable! You put the magic touch in everything you create. I would also like to add that I admire your integrity in regards as the MS issue. I've never bought her products and now I have an even better reason not to do so. Those were mean words directed to a group of people as talented as she is and without the empire of consultants, designers and money she has at her avail. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful craft at the Fluster Buster party! Always a "good thing" (lol) to see your creative touch! hugs, Lizy

The Tablescaper said...

You're always welcome at Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Fun idea. I love the copper colored pumpkin! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said...

This is adorable and I love how easy it is to put together. Thanks for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

Kathy said...

Kathy! This is gorgeous - the pot looks so dramatic - beautifully done! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

JoAnn SweetPepperRose said...

This is really cute Kathy!

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