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Fall Black, White And Copper Painted Pumpkin Topiaries | The Interior Frugalista

October 1, 2015

Fall Black, White And Copper Painted Pumpkin Topiaries

Looking for front porch ideas for Fall? Painted pumpkins are always so popular this time of year displayed in apple baskets and wooden crates. If you are like us and have large and very heavy flower pots that stay on the porch year-round, this is a great way to decorate them for Fall.

Stack painted pumpkins to create eye-catching Fall Topiaries! Originally ours were traditional orange but when up against our new pewter color door, I wasn't happy with how they looked. So that is when I decided to paint them and add copper elements for a more modern look. So today I'm sharing how to make Fall Black, White, and Copper Painted Pumpkin Topiaries.

Painted pumpkin topiaries

Here is a closer look at what they used to look like. I share a full tutorial on how to assemble them here at How To Make A Pumpkin Topiary.

Fall Pumpkin Topiaries Before

Painted Pumpkin Topiaries For Fall

Affiliate links are included in this post so you can see what products I used to make this project. See my full disclosure policy.

Materials List

  • 4 large foam pumpkins
  • 16 gauge copper aluminum wire
  • large fabric leaves
  • Copper metallic paint
  • Black paint
  • Dark wax or glaze
  • Fall ribbon
  • 2-inch self-adhesive letters 
  • Hot glue gun
  • Thick wooden Dowling

The plan was to use these materials for the refresh...

Refreshing Pumpkin Topiaries with these supplies

But you'll see further down in this post that planned changed.

Using Antiquing Wax to add dimension into the ribs of white pumpkins

Painting the pumpkins

I painted the bottom pumpkins with black chalk paint and the top with Old White chalk paint because that is what I had available. You could use Black and Heirloom White spray paint. To add some dimension to the ribs of the white pumpkins, I rubbed dark wax and wiped away the excess.

See the difference in the picture below between the pumpkin in the background and the one in the front after being dark waxed?

To get into tight spots with dark wax or glaze, cut the bristles of an inexpensive chip brush *(affiliate link) down to 1/2-inch tall.  I couldn't live without my handy dandy dark wax brush!

White pumpkins before and after adding dark wax into the ribs

Painting Fabric Leaves

I painted several large fabric leaves using Copper Paint *(affiliate link) from the Modern Masters Metal Effects Kit. I also painted the pumpkin stems.

Painting fabric leaves with copper paint

Making Pumpkin Tendrils

To make the tendrils, coil copper 16 gauge aluminum wire *(affiliate link) around a handle of some sort. I found the potato masher perfect because it could stand upright (see picture below).

Curling 16 gauge aluminum wire to form pumpkin tendrils

Using a craft knife, cut small slits into the stem of the pumpkin and slip the tendrils inside, loosening the curls as you work.

Inserting the wire tendrils into the stem of the pumpkin

Decorating the pumpkins

With a hot glue gun, layer the copper painted leaves between the pumpkins as well as around the stems (as pictured below).

My original plan was to use the plaid ribbon (pictured above the Materials List) in the center of each topiary but it was too wide and competing with the copper elements. Onto Plan B, using a solid narrow black & white grosgrain ribbon *(affiliate links) instead.

I decided last minute to add self-adhesive letters onto the front of the pumpkins spelling the words F A L L and A U T U M N. The ones I had in my stash were silver so I painted them copper. I added a little dab of hot glue to make sure they were secured.

Fall Pumpkin Topiary with Copper Elements

Autumn Pumpkin Topiary with Copper Elements

Placing the Pumpkin Topiaries Onto The Flower Pots

Fill the top of your flower pots with generous portions of natural raffia ribbon *(affiliate link). Mine are looking sparse in the pictures because I ran out.

To secure the pumpkins so they don't take flight from a gust of wind, insert a piece of heavy Dowling into the dirt of your flower pot and through both pumpkins. You can see how I did that in my post How To Make Pumpkin Topiaries.

Autumn Pumpkin Topiary After

A non-traditional look to the same Fall Pumpkin Topiaries!

Fall Pumpkin Topiary After

I like these much better painted black and copper over the traditional orange.

Fall Pumpkin Topiaries Before and After

Which is your preference?

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