Sunday, October 2, 2011

Pumpkin Topiary

Yes, I am sharing more fall decorations... Can you tell fall is my absolute favorite time of year?  It is even cool in south Alabama this weekend.  The weather is gorgeous!!  I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend.

Last year, before I started blogging, I made this pumpkin topiary.   I wish I could say it was my idea, but, it totally was the creation of my friend, Suzanne, at  Suzanne and I became friends years and years ago when we both lived in another state.  She is a wonderful mom, teacher, decorator and blogger.  You can find her directions for making the topiary here

As you can tell, mine turned out a little differently - and I think that is the coolest thing about using ideas from your friends - you can tweak them to fit the items you have on hand or the items you can find. 

My husband helped me with this project.  I traced the stars and circles using a stencil.  I freehanded the "swirly" shapes.  Jon used the hot knife to cut out the shapes.  He also cut out the top of the bottom two pumpkins and the bottom of the top two pumpkins.  Jon was worried that the glue would not hold the topiary securely enough so he inserted very skinny long nails through the pumpkins that are together  - you can't see them, they just made the structure stronger. 

The entry in our former house was a little larger. 
I loved the orange lights in the tree by the front door. 

I purchased a large black plant pot, but didn't really like the look of it so it was back to the store.... I finally decided on the plant stand.  Suzanne wrapped grapevine around hers, but I couldn't find grapevine that I liked; however, all of the fall garland were on sale at the time so I used those instead.  The final touch was the string of clear lights that look just "oh so cute" at night and a two whimsical black spiders. 

I was so excited to get this down from the attic this weekend.  We did discover that we have electrical issue because the outlet by the front door is not working.  (Ugh! We have called an electrician.)  I have included pictures from this year in our new house.  I also included a few pictures from last year so that you can see how it looked at night. 

A close- up :-)  This was taken last year. 

One more picture from this year (It was driving me
nuts that the cord looked so bad in the first picture.)

As always, thanks for visiting!  Jon and Seth are at baseball practice and I am going to make homemade muscadine jelly.  Something about making jelly just makes me feel so "Martha Stewarty".  Come back soon and I will share my recipe :-))

This week I am linking to the following parties:

Amaze Me Monday @

Fall Decorating Party @

Just Something I Whipped Up @

WOW Us Wednesdays @

Tuesday's Treasures Fall Party @

Fall in Love Linky Party @

Open House Party @

Fall Open House Party @

Ultimate Halloween Party @

Feathered Nest Friday @

Come and join the fun!! 


  1. Gorgeous! I love the front doors. Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring with the newbie party. Always, nice to have you and see what you are up too. I have been brainstorming for my next magazine copy cat challenge, I will determine when the next one is soon, I hope.

  2. Lisa,
    Your front door area is so pretty, spooky and fallish! Love it all...

  3. Not participating in the newbie party.....just checking out those linking up. You did a great job decorating your front porch. I just love fall.

  4. I really like your old front porch and how it was decorated. But, those front doors on your new front porch are so unique. I haven't seen anything like that before. I really like your pumpkin topiary. It looks so festive. (I can't remember - is a muscadine a type of grape?)

  5. I bet the little trick or treaters will love your house.

  6. Absolutely gorgeous! Looks like you have a beautiful home. I love your front doors! Don't you just love this time of year?

  7. Your pumpkin topiary is so creative. The entire vignette is super charming and fun. Nice job.

  8. Lisa, I just saw your post on the newbie party and came over to visit your site. I love it! Your pumpkin topiary is adorable! I really like what you have done with your front entry. Very welcoming! I am a newbie, as well and your newest follower. I hope you will follow back! God bless you!

  9. Loving your fall decor and that sweet topiary!!
    I too love Fall and living in Pa. with the changing leaf colors and the crisp cool air, it is my favorite time of the year after Christmas.....
    Stop by if you can to see my Fall decor both inside and out...I even have a Fall tree....


  10. Love your front doors and the topiary is so cute!

  11. Georgous...what a cleaver cute idea ~ both of your entrys look great. Thank you for sharing...I just might give this a try.(-:

  12. Your pumpkin topiary is lovely!! Several years ago I made two for my sister's new home! They store so well! Just add new foliage!! Thanks for sharing!!

  13. So cute. I would love to try one!
    Found you at Debbiedoos linkie party and your newest follower. Would love for you to follow me as well on Curb Alert! :)

  14. Lisa, your topiary is really eye-catching. The whole entry, with those fabulous doors, is fabulous!

  15. Your home is breathtaking. I love your topiary, you've certainly put together a very warm welcome for us. I read your profile.. I too love antiquing.. especially for old silver.. hugs ~lynne~

  16. Your porch is so pretty! I love it! And thanks for stopping by my little blog and leaving a message. As you know, it really means a lot. So thanks!

  17. Love your front porch! It so much fun and pretty too. The lighted tree and pumpkins are perfect.
    Happy Fall!

  18. I love your entry and front porch! Your double doors are so beautiful! You are all Falled up now! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  19. I love your topiary it is adorable!!!

    Im your newest follower.

  20. Great pumpkin topiary, love those! Beautiful double doors and wreaths too.

  21. The topiary is awesome! I love seeing traditional decoration reimagined. :)
    Visiting from Savvy So Style ~
    Heidi @ Show Some Decor

  22. Your pumpkin topiary is just darling Lisa and I love your entry! The doors are fantastic!

  23. What an adorable topiary! I am your newest follower. I hope that you will stop by and visit me when you have a chance.

    Susan and Bentley

  24. Love your porch! Those doors are beyond fabulous! We use to have those doors when we lived in Baton Rouge and I miss them soo much! Have a fabulous Thursday!

  25. That's a brilliant idea! I love it! And it *does* look like topiary! That's so cool and original!

    I've signed up to follow you - your blog is gorgeous!

    Thank you for linking up to Modern Country Style's Fall In Love link party!


  26. Your home looks so warm and inviting. It would be great to have you link to Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  27. I love your pumpkin topiary! Thank you for joining me for the HSH Fall Open House!

  28. Your doors/porches look beautiful! The topiary is wonderful, and the wreaths on both doors are great!

  29. Totally festive! Would you share here?

  30. Soo darling! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!!! :)


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