So years ago, I’d gotten three Styrofoam pumpkins from Hobby Lobby. I liked the colors, as they aren’t the typical orange pumpkin. I’ve used them each year, just basically grouping them together on the porch. They were starting to look a bit worn, since they are Styrofoam, so I thought I would try to camouflage the gouges and scrapes a bit.
I grabbed a wooden basket that was on sale at Joann’s, and bought some window and door spray foam, which I sprayed into the basket. I did create a liner with a plastic sack, so the foam wouldn’t expand out the sides of the basket. I let that expand overnight, and the next day it was about an inch below the top of the basket.
Once that had dried, I used a wooden kabob skewer and pushed it through the top of the bottom pumpkin, and connected the middle pumpkin, using the skewer to hold the two. I also added moss to the top of the middle pumpkin.
From there, I was able to work on the top pumpkin. I had also bought a bag of fabric leaves, and I started hot gluing those to the top pumpkin, around the top. I connected that one to the middle pumpkin, using the same process with the wood skewer.
That brings us to actually placing the pumpkins in the basket. Originally, I had only placed one skewer in the bottom pumpkin, to push into the spray foam. After I tried it the first time, I thought it was a bit unsteady, so I used a second one, and that seemed to help a bit.
Now I was ready to spruce the topiary up a bit. At first, I had just hot glued a few leaves on the pumpkins, but it seemed to be a bit blah. I decided to go crazy, and so I added the rest of the leaves, some wire garland with plastic beads, and then some really cute orange and red bead picks, just placed randomly to cover as many of the nicks and indentions as I could.
And here is the topiary in all its blinged out glory. I’m not normally drawn to fancy things, but this is such a contrast from the three plain pumpkins I originally started with, that I’m liking it for now. Pretty easy, and fun to do this fall.
Thanks for looking!
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