September 20, 2012

Pumpkin Topiary

My daughter has discovered Pinterest!    She pins at home, at work, and in the car pool line!   She found a picture on Pinterest she wanted to copy for her front porch.    It will be perfect because the stonework is very similar to hers and I thought it might not be too hard to make.    So for the past few weeks she’s been gathering up supplies and this afternoon I started working on it.    Here’s her inspiration picture:

pumpkin topiary

I made the broom a few weeks ago and she brought the other stuff to her office so I could come by and pick it up.    I took advantage of our milder temps today and went out to the deck to get started on putting it together.   Please realize it is not finished at all!     This is just in its early stage.   Since I took the picture below I have sprayed the white Styrofoam base black to blend in with the kettle.    I still need to get a wreath to put on top of the Styrofoam so I can finish it off.

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She bought a gel set to use on the pumpkins so that’s what you see on the large pumpkin (I see a missing star!).     Since these are Styrofoam pumpkins, I simply  cut a hole in the bottoms of the little and medium pumpkins for the stems to be inserted into.    I had to guess on the size but it worked out great.    Then I sealed them with Liquid Nails.    I’m going to let them “cure” overnight to be sure they don’t fall apart.    Then I’ll use Liquid Nails to secure the whole thing in the kettle.      We might stuff some moss between the pumpkins…what do you think?

Of course, now she wants me to come over and decorate her mantle and help her put things outside…..and of course, I’m going!    I haven’t got my outside decorated yet and probably won’t get it done for another week or so.    We’re keeping the twin grandchildren this weekend while daughter and her husband go to Auburn for the ballgame.    

Oh, and on my last post, I asked opinions on the hutch…the overwhelming majority said black which is what I liked too!     So in addition to working on the topiaries, I painted the hutch.    

 

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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Still needs another coat and then hopefully my husband will get it hung.

 

I also wanted to tell ya’ll that I’ve recently reconnected with an old friend.    She has a beautiful home and I’m helping her make a few changes that I hope to share soon.     You will be in for a real treat when you see her house!

10 comments:

Kelly said...

That pumpkin topiary is coming right along! I can't wait to see it when it's done. It is looking cute already. Looking forward to seeing your friends house too!

Dear Lillie said...

It looks lovely! I've been wanting to make one of those for the past several years since I ripped it out of a magazine (pre-pinterest days - haha!) I am jealous you have already gotten started on yours. I was going to do mine with real pumpkins so was waiting until October but now looking at yours I kind of want to go ahead with some faux ones so I can just do it once and have it for years to come!

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Ron said...

I cannot wait to see the completed project. You are a great mom:)
xo

Cozy Little House said...

Love it already! Think you made the right color choice with your wall piece.
Brenda

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

The hutch has a subtle change, but makes a huge difference. Job well done!

Charlene said...

Cute topiary & I LOVE the hutch painted black. Oh how I wish I had that hutch myself. Enjoy!
Charlene

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