Make a stacked pumpkin topiary for the autumn season! This is an easy project that just takes a little bit of time. These outdoor stacked pumpkins will coordinate with the pieces I made around the front door. You can see how this is a perfect addition to my front porch at Decorate Your Front Door for Fall.
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Stacked Pumpkin Supplies:
- Large flower pots, baskets or planters
- Bricks or something to weigh down your urn or basket
- 15 inch faux pumpkin
- 13 inch faux pumpkin
- 12 inch faux pumpkin
- 11 inch faux pumpkin
- 8 inch faux pumpkin
- Floral wire
- 18 inch grapevine wreath
- 14 inch grapevine wreath
- 12 inch grapevine wreath
- Assorted maple leaf picks
- Oak leaf stems with acorns
Step 1: Create the Base For Your Stacked Pumpkins.
I have a large planter I have used for a variety of projects over the years. I put some broken paving stones in it for weight.
Step 2: Thread the Wire
Drill a small hole in three spots around the planter. Thread a wire through each of the holes as shown will secure your pumpkin stack.
Step 3: Secure the Grapevine Wreaths with Wires
Using the wires attached to the urn, take the wires around the bottom wreath and attach it to the urn securely. Next, add the pumpkins to the stack and alternate with the grapevine wreaths, securing each grapevine wreath with the wires. The arrows are showing you where the wire is.
Step 4: Add Pumpkins to the Stack
You will use lightweight faux pumpkins for your diy pumpkin topiary. Set your largest pumpkin on top of that wreath. Next, add a second grapevine wreath on top of the bottom pumpkin and secure it to the bottom grapevine wreath with floral wire. Next add your middle pumpkin. Repeat this as many times as you would like. For the top pumpkin, I used hot glue to attach it to the pumpkin beneath it so that it will not fall off without a wreath on top of it.
Step 5: Secure Your Top Pumpkin
The smallest pumpkin won’t be secured with a wreath on top of it, so secure it with a strong adhesive like Gorilla Glue or use your hot glue gun.
Step 6: Add Fall Picks
The next step is to begin adding decor to the grapevine wreaths. This is the opportunity for you to get creative with fall picks of autumn leaves and berries. I used the same faux fall leaves and fruits I used around my front door. Long stems can be stuck down into the urn and secured in in between the vines in the grapevine wreaths.
This diy project will look fantastic along the side of a door. A large decoration that certainly says you are full of fall spirit!
Step 7: Finish Decorating your Wreaths
Fill the bottom wreath and then move up to the next one. Make sure you don’t put too much decor in so that you can still see the pumpkins. I used traditional fall colors, but you could just as easily substitute The faux apples and artichokes were added by sticking wood skewers into them and then wedging the skewers into the grapevine wreaths. This beautiful pumpkin topiary is ready to join the rest of the harvest decor on my front porch!
The pumpkins in the stack are all artificial, but at the base of the urn I placed a combination of real pumpkins and fake pumpkins. I have beautiful front porch decoration ready for the fall season!
Additional tips for making your stacked pumpkin topiaries:
- If you really get strong winds, you could use wooden dowels stuck through your pumpkins down into some plaster of paris in your pot to make them more secure.
- If the stem on top of your first pumpkin is too tall, you can just cut it down with an utility knife.
- You can use a similar idea with smaller pumpkins for your dining room table. Make a smaller version for a fall centerpiece.
- Use jack o lanterns in place of the plastic pumpkins and add spiders around them for a Halloween topiary.
- Substitute spanish moss for the grapevine wreaths for a more rustic look.
- You can substitute grapevine garland for the wreaths.
Fun Facts about Pumpkins:
- Indigenous North Americans have grown pumpkins for thousands of years.
- Illinois grows twice as many acres of pumpkins than any other state.
- The heaviest pumpkin ever grown was grown in Belgium. It weighed 2624 pounds.
- The heaviest pumpkin ever grown in the United States was grown in New Hampshire. It weighed 2528 pounds.
- Pumpkins are believed to have originated in Central America.
- Pumpkins are one of the oldest domesticated plants, having been used as early as 7,500 to 5,000 BC.
- Each pumpkin contains about 500 seeds.
- A pumpkin is a fruit.
The best part is I can use this again next year by just covering it with a plastic bag and storing it!