This is my very first outdoor decor project for my new home! I saw a similar project online a couple of years ago and I have wanted to recreate my version for some time now, but I never had the appropriate outdoor space in my previous apartments to properly display the topiary.
When I saw that Michael's had their foam pumpkins on sale for 50% off last week, I knew that it was finally time to get this project rolling. I bought 5 of the white pumpkins and used this metallic glaze on them to give them an aged look.
I used the Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon from last week to purchase this hot knife tool kit. This kit has interchangeable tips and can also be used for wood burning, embossing and soldering. Umm yeah, I don't think I will be venturing into soldering anytime soon. I then printed my house numbers in Microsoft Word and traced each one onto a pumpkin. I used the hot knife to carve out the number. I carved "Welcome" onto the smaller pumpkin to sit atop the larger pumpkins. I also cut a circle into the top and bottom of each larger pumpkin and a circle into the bottom of the smaller pumpkin.
After carving the pumpkins, I sat a Styrofoam disk inside the urn and stuck a wooden dowel through it and threaded a set of Christmas lights onto the dowel. I then stacked the pumpkins on the dowel and pulled the string of lights through the pumpkins. I used my hot glue gun and added a small dab of glue between each pumpkin to secure it.
I then added some Fall garland I purchased from Garden Ridge on clearance last year. I also had some glittered mini pumpkins and gourds I made last year using some glitter from the Martha Stewart collection. The Fall ribbon came from the Dollar Tree. Also, I didn't glue anything to the urn because I plan to take the Fall decor out and reuse the urn for Christmas decor.
I love how my slightly askew pumpkin topiary turned out! Please stop by Kimba's DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land to see other DIY projects.
I am also linking up to my very first Fall Festival Party at the DIY Show Off!