How to make the easiest outdoor pumpkin topiary. I will take you step by step to create this darling tier of pumpkins for your porch.
Fall is officially here, and that means one thing – pumpkin everything! So this year, skip the tired old jack o’lanterns and try something a little more creative. Transform ordinary buckets into a creative topiary using nothing but paint and some cinnamon. It’s easy to do, and the finished product will wow your guests. So get ready to get crafty, and read on for instructions on how to create your very own rusty jack o’lantern topiary.
With that being said, Today is a special day for me. I am hosting my first official blog hop Today. I have gathered 13 crafty blogger friends to share creative pumpkins with you. There is so much inspiration here, and you don’t want to miss a single post. You will want to craft for days after reading these amazing blog posts.
- How to make an Outdoor Pumpkin Topiary
- Supply List
- Steps to Create the Rusty Cinnamon Bucket
- How to Preserve the Finish on your Outdoor Pumpkin Topiary
- How to Prepare the Inside of your Pumpkin Bucket
- Create the Dowel in a Base
- Prepare the Outdoor Pumpkin Buckets to Stack
- Now you are Ready to Stack your Outdoor Pumpkin Buckets
- Decorating your Outdoor Pumpkin Topiary
How to make an Outdoor Pumpkin Topiary
Ok, so this is no ordinary pumpkin topiary. As you can see I did not use actual pumpkins. Instead, I used buckets I picked up at Michael’s on clearance last year. They were 90% off, and I just knew I would devise a plan to use them. However, you could also do this same process using plastic pumpkin buckets.
- One large bucket or pumpkin
- 3 smaller buckets or pumpkins
- 1 4″ clay pot
- If your buckets have a cutout face, you need black fabric
- Duct tape
- Black Acrylic Paint
- Rust color acrylic paint
- 1 1/2″ wooden dowel
- Plaster of Paris
- Plastic container to hold the dowel and plaster of Paris
- Plants or flowers to decorate your topiary
- Glue gun
- Matte clear acrylic spray
Steps to Create the Rusty Cinnamon Bucket
I loved these buckets, but not the finish on them. I wanted them to look old and rusty, so here is how I created that look.
First, you want to paint the bucket using black and then add in some orange or rusty-colored acrylic paint.
There is no need to be tidy or precise here as we are wanting an aged look.
Second, while the paint is still wet, sprinkle cinnamon all over the bucket.
Tap off the excess cinnamon and let the bucket dry.
Repeat this same process on the other three buckets.
How to Preserve the Finish on your Outdoor Pumpkin Topiary
Since you have worked so hard to create these buckets, you want to be sure to spray them with a clear acrylic matte spray. I gave mine a few coats. By doing this, you will seal the finish on the buckets, but keep in mind that it will darken the cinnamon to be a deep rusty color. (Just what I was after)
How to Prepare the Inside of your Pumpkin Bucket
My first thought was to plant these buckets with real mums, however, the weight of the buckets filled with dirt would be really heavy. So, I moved on to plan B.
I knew I needed to cover the face cutout so that you could either fill the bucket or not see through the holes.
First, I cut a few pieces of an old drop cloth and spray-painted them black. Secondly, I glued them into the bucket with a glue gun and then used duct tape on the inside of the bucket around the edges.
Create the Dowel in a Base
You need to have a solid base to hold the buckets.
I used an old plastic container I had in the kitchen and a 1/2″ wood dowel that was approximately 36 inches long.
First mix up a batch of plaster of Paris, place the dowel in the center of your plastic container and pour the plaster of Paris all around the dowel. We use two small pieces of wood inside of the plastic container to hold the dowel in place.
Let this sit for about 30 minutes to dry.
Prepare the Outdoor Pumpkin Buckets to Stack
You can also see a few images above where we glued a small piece of wood into the bottom of the three smaller buckets. We did this for support when we drilled the hole in the bottom of the bucket.
We drilled the holes at a slight angle, knowing that we wanted them to tilt. I am not sure you have to do this, as they naturally wanted to tilt when we put them on the dowel.
First, place the bucket with the dowel inside of the largest bucket.
Second, Fill around the dowl with gravel and soil. You need weight on this bottom bucket to support the upper buckets.
Third, place one 4″ clay pot over the dowel upside down to give a bit of space to place some flowers or greenery in the large bucket.
Now you are Ready to Stack your Outdoor Pumpkin Buckets
Put one bucket at a time onto the dowel and slide it down until it reaches the bucket below.
Continue this process until all three of your buckets are on the dowel.
Trim the dowel if needed.
Decorating your Outdoor Pumpkin Topiary
Like I said earlier, I chose to use faux plants to decorate my topiary for two reasons. One was the weight of dirt and real plants would be very heavy. The second reason was I did not want water to get onto my buckets as I want to preserve them for years to come.
I simply added some faux and dried greenery, including some very large faux cabbage, some ferns, and even a small pumpkin I made rusty with the same method as the buckets. I even added some pods from my jacaranda tree and a bit of Spanish moss. You can literally use anything you like to add to your outdoor pumpkin topiary, think outside of the box, and use your imagination. I did add a small block of dried flower foam to hold my greenery in place. I simply placed the block inside of the bucket and tucked my greens into the foam.
Next up on our blog hop is my talented friend Jennifer @cottageonbunkerhill, she is one creative gal! Jennifer is going to share with you how to make the cutest pumpkin garland, so be sure to click on the link above and check it out. There is so much talent in this group, you won’t want to miss a post. All images and links are below.
If you’re looking for more pumpkin inspiration, be sure to subscribe to my blog. I’ll be sharing more posts in the coming weeks on how to create festive Fall decorations using pumpkins. In the meantime, get creative and have fun with your own pumpkin projects!
And by the way, I will be live on Instagram Today at 11:00 am PST with another fun pumpkin project.