Non-Traditional Pumpkin Topiaries With Copper Elements

Looking for front porch decorating ideas for Fall?  If you're like us and have large heavy flower pots that stay on the porch year-round, this is a great idea for embellishing them for the season. If you like a less traditional approach, then you'll love these non-traditional pumpkin topiaries with copper elements to flank your front door.

If you prefer more traditional Fall colors, I've included a link further down in the post for a second look for these topiaries along with a detailed tutorial on how to make them.

Non-Traditional Pumpkin Topiaries With Copper Elements


Non-Traditional Pumpkin Topiaries With Copper Elements



Fall Pumpkin Topiary with Copper Elements


Autumn Pumpkin Topiary with Copper Elements

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Painting the pumpkins

The bottom pumpkins are painted with black chalk paint in the color Liquorice and the top pumpkins are painted in Old White. An alternative to chalk paint is spray painting them with Rustoleum Ultra Cover in Black and Heirloom White.

TIPTo add dimension to the ribs of the white pumpkins, rub dark wax and wipe away the excess. I use an inexpensive chip brush with the bristles cut to 1/2 inch tall. It makes it easy to get into tight spots.

Non Traditional Pumpkin Topiaries Dark Waxed

See the difference in the picture below between the unwaxed pumpkin in the back and the one with dark wax in the front?

White Dark Waxed Non Traditional Pumpkin Topiaries

Painting Copper Fabric Leaves

Paint large fabric leaves and the stems of the pumpkins with copper paint. I used what I had on hand from the Modern Masters Metal Effects Kit leftover from the Oxidized Copper Repurposed Door Flower Planter.

Non Traditional Pumpkin Topiaries With Copper Leaves

Copper Pumpkin Tendrils

To make the tendrils I used the 16 gauge aluminum copper wire pictured below.

Non Traditional Pumpkin Topiaries Copper Wire Tendrils

I simply coiled the tendrils around the handle of a potato masher. It worked great because it stood upright while I coiled the wire. A paper towel holder would work well too.

Non Traditional Pumpkin Tendrils Copper Tenderils

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

Non Traditional Pumpkin Topiaries With Copper Stems And Tendrils

Assembling the pumpkin topiaries

With a hot glue gun, layer copper painted leaves along the perimeter on the top of the base pumpkins, letting the leaves drop down. Don't glue any in the center.

Glue more copper painted leaves around the stems of the top pumpkin as pictured below.

Non Traditional Pumpkin Topiaries With Copper Painted Leaves

My original plan was to use plaid ribbon in traditional colors around the middle of each topiary but it was too wide and competed with the copper elements. Instead, I went with a simple black grosgrain ribbon.

At the last minute, I decided to add self-adhesive letters onto the front of the top pumpkins spelling the words F A L L and A U T U M N. The letters I had in my stash were silver so I painted the letters with the same copper paint and attached them with hot glue for extra adhesion.

Insert Pumpkin Topiaries Into Flower Pots

Like I mentioned at the top of this post, these pumpkin topiaries were made to fit inside the heavy flower pots that stay on our front porch year round and decorated for each season.

You can see how they were decorated for the holidays with faux greens in my How to decorate flower pots for the holidays with faux greens post. Or how they were decorated with real greens in my How to fill outdoor pots with festive greens for the holidays. One year instead of greens we made Large Festive Wood Lanterns for each flower pot.

Anyway, back to how to insert the pumpkin topiaries into the large flower pots.

Fill the top of your flower pots with generous portions of natural raffia ribbon, letting it trail down the sides of the pots. Mine look sparse in the photo below because I ran out and didn't have time to run out and get more before taking pictures for this post.

To secure the pumpkins so they don't take flight from a gust of wind, insert heavy wooden dowels into the dirt and slip your pumpkins over the dowels.

Non Traditional Fall Pumpkin Topiaries For Large Plant Pots

As promised at the top of the post, if you prefer more traditional Fall decorating, you can see these another version of these pumpkin topiaries along with a detailed tutorial on how to make them here in my How To Make A Pumpkin Topiary post.

Materials List


Which version do you like better the traditional pumpkin topiaries or the non-traditional with copper elements?

Non Traditional Pumpkin Topiaries With Copper Elements

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