DIY Pumpkin Topiary + Our Fall Porch October 17, 2016 | Hi Friends! How was your weekend? Today, I’m finally sharing our Fall Porch plus a super fun DIY Pumpkin Topiary that’s beyond easy! I finally took our dead boxwoods (#shame) out of our front porch urns and was totally struggling with how to replace them with something festive. I loved the height that the boxwoods added and was coming up blank with ideas on how to create something that was tall enough (our house is at the bottom of a small hill, so the height is key if you want your porch to even be seen), weather-proof and could be used for years to come. I knew that using real pumpkins wasn’t my first choice because #1 they rot so fast, and #2 they would take up nearly the entire width of the urn, not leaving any room for Fall foliage. I racked my brain and finally went for a walk through the craft store before an idea hit me! Here’s a super easy DIY Pumpkin Topiary that I came up with that solved all of my problems and looks amazing! The key to getting the pumpkins to sit tall is sitting them on a medium sized terra cotta pot that’s sitting within the center of the planter and anchoring the entire thing (including the stack of pumpkins) with a dowel rod! This way the pot gives you extra height and doesn’t take up much room within the urn, thus still allowing for plants around it. Quite the impact, with super inexpensive materials. Since no front porch is complete without some sort of monogram, I added a script vinyl monogram to each one of the largest pumpkins in the arrangement and love the way that they look. My friends at one of my favorite Etsy shops make these custom pumpkin monograms and you can purchase them HERE. What you’ll need: –Outdoor planter or urn -Plants of your choice. I chose individual mums and a large kale plant to mix things up. – Terra Cotta Pot. I chose a medium size, based on the size of my urn. The mouth is about 8′ wide. -Faux pumpkins that are able to be carved. Find a stack that will give you the height that you need. Don’t worry about balancing them, as you will be cutting the stems off anyway. -Dowel Rod. I used a 1′ thick rod, but make sure that yours fits through the drain hole of whichever size terra cotta pot you choose. -Razor knife for carving the pumpkins. –Vinyl Monogram How to put it together: -Plant your foliage first. I planted mine only along the front facing crescent of the urn. -Place the terra cotta pot face up. I made sure to settle it within the dirt really well. -Place the dowel rod through the drain hole of the terra cotta pot and anchor it deep into the urn. -Use the razor knife to cut a 1″ hole in the bottom center of the largest pumpkin and also cut off the stem and make a 1” through the top. -Slide the largest pumpkin onto the dowel rod and sit it on top of the pot. -Repeat steps above for the middle pumpkin. -For the top pumpkin, only cut a hole in the bottom and leave the stem in tact. Place on top for a finished project 🙂 -Add vinyl monogram. Isn’t that easy? They make such a big impact on our porch and they were also super inexpensive to make. I got the pumpkins 65% off, so all in it was $40 for all 6, add in the plants, pots, and rods I was able to make them both for UNDER $60! The great news is that I’ll also be able to use them for years to come. I hope that you guys have a wonderful week, we have tons of really FUN stuff to share this week, so stay tuned!!!!