In the Craftsroom - Fall Projects


Pumpkin Topiaries

In celebration of this fall season, I decided to create a topiary using pumpkins, gourds and seasonal flowers. I wanted to try my luck at stacking these elements to form a topiary that graduated in size from large to small. I had the perfect terra cotta urn in which to construct it. All I needed to get started was the fall produce and florals.

Most people go to the grocery store to simply buy groceries. I always turn shopping into an adventure of sorts by allowing my mind to envision all the possibilities that regular grocery store items can provide. I know what you are thinking. And yes, it can be somewhat exhausting! You should have seen the stares I received as I stood in the produce department in a trancelike state carefully planning my fall topiary. After all, each and every element had to be the perfect size to make this creation come together.

After I made my final selection of pumpkins and gourds, I visited the floral section of the store to choose my fall flowers. That’s correct! Everything I used to make this topiary came from the grocery store so there’s no excuse for you not to whip one of these out to enjoy in your home.

To begin the construction process, I cut a piece of oasis to firmly fit into my terra cotta urn. Make absolutely sure that the container you choose is sturdy enough to support the weight of the pumpkins and other produce. I then cut a wooden dowel to be the adequate height to hold all of my components. Keep in mind you will have to insert the dowel all the way down into your container. Now I had a dilemma. How could I make the small holes I needed to allow the dowel to go through the pumpkins? The answer came to me in a flash. A little voice inside of my head said, “Mark, go get your drill!”

I started with the large pumpkin. Using a knife, I carefully cut away the stem. Then I drilled a hole in the middle of both the top and bottom of the pumpkin. I did the same thing with the gourd and smaller pumpkin, but left the stem in place for the top one. Now I was ready to assemble my fall topiary.

I slid the larger pumpkin in place allowing it to rest on the top of the wet oasis. I then cut a small cube of oasis and slid it down the dowel to sit on top of the pumpkin. Then came the gourd followed by a smaller cube of oasis. Finally the tiny pumpkin made a wonderful crown for the top of the topiary.

All I had to do now was place my gerbera daisies, roses and various sizes and colors of chrysanthemums into the wet oasis to hide the gaps. Just like with the pumpkins, I used my largest flowers at the bottom and worked my way up to the smallest ones.