A Fall Welcoming {Pumpkin Topiary Tutorial}

Oh my goodness, it's been a bit since I last posted. After a summer hiatus, I finally stepped foot into the Shop and I must say, I didn't want to leave! Once I put on my apron, cranked up my music and pulled out the chalk paint, I was lost for hours...okay, days!  More about those projects another day.

In the meantime here's a little Fall Goodness that I've been up to.

Decorating the front entry with Pumpkin Topiaries.

A Fall Welcome Sign

I'm not going to lie, these were not cheap (despite getting everything on sale). In fact Mr. Frugalista almost had a coronary when the cashier rang in our bill!


  • Faux pumpkins in two sizes
  • 1 roll wide Fall ribbon
  • 1 pkg small wooden letters
  • 1 bottle Acrylic Craft Paint in Raw Umber
  • 1 pkg fabric leaves
  • 1 Fall pick
  • 1 bag Raffia Ribbon
  • 1 wooden garden stake
  • Hot glue gun
  • 1 pkg hot glue sticks (you will use most of them) 
  • 1 large plant pot or urn 
  • Soil or sand for flower pot/urn
  • Band Aids (the hot glue gun was not my friend)


Cut a hole in the base of the top pumpkin
Cut a hole in the base of the top pumpkin to accommodate the stem of the bottom pumpkin. Yes that's a steak knife and I don't recommend you use one - I was too lazy to go down to the shop for a craft knife. No fingers were harmed in the making of this topiary!


Drill a hole into the base of the bottom pumpkin.
I suggest you do this step next but as you can see from the picture I didn't. Believe me it would have been much easier if I had. Drill a hole into the base of the bottom pumpkin to accommodate a garden stake (see picture below).

Using a wooden garden stake to secure pumpkins in place.


Attach pumpkins onto top of one another using a hot glue gun.
Hot glue the pumpkins together. Don't be stingy on the glue or you may end up with a headless topiary if you plan on using it outdoors!


Make a simple bow with wide Fall ribbon.
Tie ribbon into a simple bow. Sorry for not including a tutorial but here is one I came across on YouTube that might help http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j55HtpErsi8. Unlike the bow in the video, make sure you have enough ribbon for long tails (I used one full roll for two bows). To be a little different I decided to make one tail shorter than the other.


Paint small wooden letters with acrylic craft paint in Raw Umber.
I picked up a bag of these wooden letters at Michaels. One package was enough to get all the letters I needed. Using acrylic craft paint, I painted them in Raw Umber.


Attach wooden letters to the tail of the ribbon using a hot glue gun.
Attach each letter onto the ribbon with a hot glue gun BEFORE attaching the ribbon to the pumpkin.  A few fingers were singed in the making of these ribbon tails!  Fold the bottom of each tail into itself and cut upward at an angle to make a pretty diamond cut.  You know what I mean, right? 


Layer and attach fabric leaves and the bow to the top of the pumpkin with a hot glue gun.
Layer fabric leaves on the top of the pumpkin and secure them in place with the hot glue gun. Again with the hot glue gun, attach the bow on top of the leaves.


Attach a Fall Pick to the top of the pumpkin.

Attach a Fall Pick to the top of the pumpkin.
I found these cute Fall Cornucopia picks at Michael's and attached them over the leaves and ribbon again with the hot glue gun.

DIY Pumpkin Topiaries.


Make sure your flower pots or urns are filled with garden soil. Because I decorate my urns for all four seasons, I use plastic inserts filled with dirt. This comes in real handy when decorating with Christmas greens because I can simply take the inserts indoors and decorate to my heart's content where it's nice and toasty warm.

Fill large plant pot or urn with garden soil.  Stick garden stake into the center and cover soil with Raffia Ribbon.
Place the garden stake that I showed you in Step 2 into the soil as far it will go. Scatter Raffia Ribbon around the garden stake to hide the soil and provide a pretty base for your pumpkin. Insert the pumpkin onto the stake to secure it in place and keep the topiary from blowing away in the wind.

Ta Da!

Pumpkin Topiary to welcome guests during the Fall Season.

I hope this tutorial inspired you to make one for yourself. You could make them less expensively by finding pumpkins at the Dollar Store or a thrift store and paint them. The Dollar Store also has loads of Fall ribbon and picks. Unfortunately when I decided to make mine the Dollar Store didn't have their Fall inventory out yet and I was far too impatient to wait!

If you make one please press the email link at the top of the page and send me a picture - I'd love to see it!


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