Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Pumpkin Topiary w/ House Numbers


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!


I am linking up to Rhoda's It's" Fall, Y'all! party at Southern Hospitality.

22 comments:

Shanty 2 Chic said...

Oh my Goodness! LOVE this... you are so smart... Way to go:)
~Whitney

Sheri said...

Such a cute idea!! Holy cow, my house # is 6 numbers long, it would be a very precarious topiary!

I host a "Room a month makeover" every Monday (Don't worry, you don't have to complete a room, a small change!) Stop by and link up!
http://theshadesofpink.blogspot.com/2009/09/room-month-is-back.html

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Way cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It should be in a magazine cover!

The DIY Show Off said...

WOW - gorgeous! I love these! I'd love to see you link to the Fall Festival on Monday to share your beautiful inspiration!

Roeshel

Carrie said...

My word! That is awesome!!! I am seriously lovin' this!

Angie said...

Love this project!!!

Dresser Girl said...

I love this!! Totally cute! WOW!!

Half of the Style Sisters said...

Wow soooo nice! Love topiaries!!

Life Happens said...

Wow, LOVE the pumpkin topiaries. Very creative!!!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Very clever... it looks so pretty at night.

Leanne said...

I love this, especially at night. You did such a great job. I bet your neighbors are jealous. Thnaks for sharing.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

This is fabulous! I really love it.

L.Duncan@home23duncanboys said...

Nice! You come up with the best ideas. By the way, I got my chairs!! I was so excited when I found them.

The Cheatham's said...

Annette this is beautiful! I love the idea.

Its So Very Cheri said...

Good job this looks great. Good idea adding in the numbers.

Did you know if you use your new tool to singe the ends of ribbon it seals it and it keeps it from fraying.

Cheri

The DIY Show Off said...

Hurray! Thanks so much for adding your inspiration to the Fall Festival. Your topiary w/house numbers is beautiful!

Roeshel

Chari said...

Hi Annette...

I love your pumpkin topiary...what a fabulous way to warm up your entryway and greet your guests!!! You know, I didn't know that the foam pumpkins were hollow and could be carved like a regular pumpkin! This is awesome! So chic to use your house numbers...and I love that you lit them up! Thank you so much for sharing your project with us...the step by step instructions were great! I'd love to try one of these!!!

Warmest wishes and Happy Fall!
Chari

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

That is so clever..I Love it!

Marsha said...
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Marsha said...

This is so cute. I love it. Great job.

The DIY Show Off said...

Hey! Just wanted to let you know I gave you a shout out! Pop over and grab a button! :)

Thanks so much for sharing your creativity!

Roeshel

HouseMama said...

I love the lights in the topiary - I might have to steal this idea because the lights on my home have been knocked out by some basketball players I happen to know. This is a wonderful solution!!!

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