Traditional Fall Stacked Pumpkin Topiaries

If you have large garden planters that flank your front door year-round because they are too heavy to move, then here's a great idea for embellishing them for the Fall season. These traditional Fall stacked pumpkin topiaries are so easy to make with just a few supplies.

The possibilities for embellishing them are endless and so are the color choices for the pumpkins because you can paint them to work with any style. I also share a tip on how to prevent them from taking flight from a strong gust of wind.

Traditional Fall Pumpkin Topiaries



Traditional Fall Stacked Pumpkin Topiaries


You decide how much you want to spend. They could be made inexpensively with budget-friendly dollar store finds or sale coupons at your favorite craft store.

Traditional Faux Stacked Pumpkin Topiaries

I'm not going to lie, my topiaries were not a budget-friendly alternative. In fact, Mr. Frugalista almost had a coronary when the cashier rang in our bill. When I decided to make these, our dollar stores didn't have their Fall inventory out yet and I was too impatient to wait.

If you prefer a less traditional option, visit my non-traditional pumpkin topiaries with copper elements post.

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Instructions for making the traditional stacked pumpkin topiaries


For two topiaries you will need two large faux pumpkins and two slightly smaller faux pumpkins. No worries about the color of pumpkins you find because they can be painted with chalk paint, multi-surface paint, or spray paint for plastics.

Step 1 - Drill holes in pumpkins

Carefully cut a hole in the base of the smaller pumpkins large enough to accommodate the stem of the bottom pumpkins.

Faux Stacked Pumpkins Large Holes

Cut smaller holes on the bottom of the larger pumpkins to accommodate a wooden dowel (more about that later).

Step 2 - Stacking the pumpkins

Slip the top pumpkin over the stem of the bottom pumpkin and hot glue them together.

Faux Stacked Pumpkins Assembled

Step 3 - Fall ribbon

You will need one roll of fall ribbon for each pumpkin for this step. Tie the ribbon into a large bow with long tails for the top of the pumpkins. You can make a simple bow like I did or a loopy bow, the choice is yours.

If you're like me and all thumbs when it comes to making bows, I've included a link to a video bow making tutorial I found on YouTube that I hope will help.

Unlike the bow in the video, make sure you have enough ribbon for two long tails to trail down the front of the pumpkins.

Faux Stacked Pumpkins Fall Ribbon Bow

Step 4 - Embellish ribbon with wooden letters

This step is completely optional.  Embellish the ribbons with the words FALL and HARVEST using 1 1/2-inch wood letters painted with Raw Umber acrylic craft paint.

Faux Stacked Pumpkins Painted Wooden Letters

Before attaching the bow onto the pumpkins (unlike what I did), use hot glue to attach the letters onto the ribbon tails. Fall for one topiary and Harvest for the second topiary.

Fold the bottom of each tail vertically and cut the ribbon upwards at an angle to make a diamond cut on each end.

Faux Stacked Pumpkins Fall Ribbon

Step 5 - Embellish the top pumpkins with faux maple leaves

Layer large faux Fall maple leaves on the top two of pumpkin with dabs of hot glue. The choice is all yours as to how many you add. Attach the bow on top of the leaves with hot glue.

Faux Stacked Pumpkins Fall Maple Leaves

Step 6 - Embellish the top pumpkins with Fall picks

To fill out the top of each pumpkin, add a pretty Fall pick with the bow and secure with hot glue. I found my cute cornucopia picks at Michael's.

Faux Stacked Pumpkins Fall Cornucopia Berries Pick

Faux Stacked Pumpkins Fall Cornucopia Gourds Pick

Step 7 - How to prevent the topiaries from blowing away in the wind

Insert a wooden dowel or garden stake into the base of the lower pumpkins to prevent them from flying away with a strong gust of wind.

Faux Stacked Pumpkins Wood Garden Stake

Step 8 - Set the stacked pumpkins into large flower pots

Lay a generous amount of natural raffia ribbon on top of your large year-round flower pots and let it trail down.

Insert the garden stake from the previous step into the center of the soil in the flower pot and slip the stacked pumpkin over the stake. This will help prevent them from blowing away with a strong gust of wind.

Faux Stacked Pumpkins Natural Raffia Ribbon

So there you have it, traditional Fall stacked pumpkin topiaries flanking the front door to welcome guests during the Autumn season. I've received loads of compliments from guests and passersby as they add that pop of Fall color.

Traditional DIY Faux Stacked Pumpkins

I also love decorating my garden planters for the holidays and I have a tip on how to decorate them indoors during the freezing cold winter. Check them out here in my Holiday Planters with Fresh Greens or my HolidayPlanters with Faux Greens, and Large DIY Holiday Planter Lanterns

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Traditional Fall Stacked Pumpkins

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