This is my favorite time of year and I am so excited to start doing a little fall decorating around the house. Over the years as my kids get older I find myself not going quite as overboard with the fall and Halloween decor as I used to. These days I like to keep things simple, but I do still enjoy a craft project or two. So, on a recent trip to Dollar Tree I picked up a few pumpkins and dried moss with plans to make a pumpkin topiary.
I started out by painting the pumpkins with some white Reclaim paint that I had on hand, however any craft paint should work too. If you can find the pumpkins that have a little texture they were easier to paint than the smooth ones. The smooth ones took several coats due to the orange bleeding through the paint.
I used a ceramic container that I had on hand for my base, crumbled up a piece of newspaper to fill it and then covered the newspaper with the dried moss.
Next, I put one of the pumpkins in the container and then glued them together. To add a bit of interest to the topiary I cut out some printed burlap leaves that I picked up from Joanne’s last year which you can read about here. This part was a little, ok a lot, messy which just seems to be how I roll when it comes to crafting. I then used my low temp glue gun to attach the leaves to the pumpkins. The leaves were looking a little plain so I added some glitter paint to the edges. This also helps to prevent the burlap from fraying.
The final touch was painting the plastic pumpkin stalk with metallic craft paint.
So there you have it, a simple to make and inexpensive pumpkin topiary! Oh and if you’re wondering how things are coming along with the porch, all I can say is getting those final few things done has been taking forever, but I promise to share more updates soon!
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