Painted Pumpkin Topiaries With Copper Elements

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 heavy flower pots that stay on the porch year-round, this is a great way to decorate them for Fall.

They used to be in traditional Fall colors but I decided to change it up this year and give them a more modern edge by painting them black and white and adding copper elements.
Autumn Pumpkin Topiary with Copper Elements

Painted Pumpkin Topiaries With Copper Elements

This is what they used to look like. There was nothing wrong with them but I have the attention span of a two-year-old and got bored. If traditional is your thing for Fall, I share a full tutorial on how to make them here in my post How To Make A Pumpkin Topiary.
Fall Pumpkin Topiaries Before

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The plan was to use these materials for the refresh...
Supplies to make Fall Pumpkin Topiaries With Copper Elements
But you'll see further down in this post that planned changed.
Dark Wax to highlight ribs on white painted pumpkins

Painting the pumpkins

The bottom pumpkins are painted with Liquorice black chalk paint and the top with Old White. Another alternative 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.

See the difference in the picture below between the unwaxed pumpkin in the back and the dark waxed one in the front?
White Pumpkins With And Without Dark Waxed

Painting Fabric Leaves

Paint large fabric leaves and the pumpkin stems with copper paint, I used Modern Masters Metal Effects.
Fabric Copper Painted Leaves For Pumpkin Topiary

Copper Pumpkin Tendrils

To make the tendrils, wrap 16 gauge aluminum copper wire to coil the tendrils. I found a potato masher worked perfectly because it could stand upright while I coiled the wire. A paper towel holder would work great too.
Pumpkin Tendrils Made With 16 Gauge Copper Wire
With a craft knife, cut small slits into the stem of the pumpkin and slip the tendrils inside, loosening the curls as you work.
Insert Wire Tendrils Into Pumpkin Topiary Stem

Decorating the pumpkins

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

My original plan was to use plaid ribbon in the center of each topiary but it was too wide and competed with the copper elements. Onto Plan B, using a solid grosgrain ribbon instead.

I decided last minute to add self-adhesive letters onto the front of each top pumpkin 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. They were attached with a dab of hot glue.
Fall Pumpkin Topiary with Copper Elements

Insert Pumpkin Topiaries Into Flower Pots

Fill the top of your flower pots with generous portions of natural raffia ribbon allowing it to trail down the sides of the pot. Mine look sparse in the photo above because I ran out but they've since been replenished.

To secure the pumpkins so they don't take flight from a gust of wind, insert a piece of heavy wooden 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 With Copper Elements In Flower Pot

Fall Pumpkin Topiary With Copper Elements In Flower Pot
I prefer these to the traditional orange pumpkin topiaries.
Non-Traditional Pumpkin Topiaries With Copper Elements
Which version do you like better the traditional orange pumpkin topiaries or the non-traditional black and white with copper? Don't be shy, I'd love to get your opinion in the comment section below.

Materials List

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Non-Traditional Fall Pumpkin Topiary With Copper Elements

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