Sunday, September 28, 2008

Porch Decor

 

This weekend I have been working on my fall decorations for outside.  My friend Dana had asked what to do on her front porch, and I suggested pumpkin topiaries.  I like the idea so much, I decided to do some of my own.  That would be why I bought the mess of pumpkins the other day.  :)

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I started looking for some urns to put them in, but I did not want to spend a lot of money.  Then I remembered I had two flower pots I had not used yet, and figured they might work.

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Of course I did not like the color for what I was doing, so I painted them black. 

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After this was done, I started thinking about what I was going to sit the pumpkins on.  I couldn't  just sit them down in the planters, and I needed something stable to glue them on.  The hunt is on....

Let me take you into a scary scary place. 

Logan's workshop/ catch all/ home of many spiders!

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Speaking of spiders look at this guy!

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He is pretty creepy looking, to be one of the good kind.  :[

Anyway lets go in....

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Scary, scary place...  Lets see if we can find anything that might work to sit the pumpkins on.

DSC_0179 Ooooo what's this?  I can't use them now, but I have something in mind for them later.

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Jack Pot!  I can use these tiles!  I can sit them down in the pot and they can hold the pumpkins.  Lets try it out.....DSC_0182

Rats!!!  They are to big.  Lets keep looking.....

I forgot I had these they might just work...

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They are plant stands that I found at the Dollar General store about two summers ago.

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Well look at that.  They fit right down in there and the little legs make for an interesting little decoration.

Let's go put this thing together.

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First I needed to cut a hole in the bottom of the smaller pumpkins.  This way they would sit on top of each other with out being lopsided.

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Once I got the hole cut out, I hot glued the larger pumpkin to the plant stand. Then I hot glued the smaller pumpkins on top of each other, and then to the larger pumpkin.  Stacking like this....

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Oh you might be wondering how I am going to keep the pots weighted down.

I used something that I have not used in a while.

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I sure do hope 8 pound dumbbells will keep them from turning over.  :)

Once I got them all into place.  I added some fall decoration to them.

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Here is the finished product......

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Not bad for my first attempt at them.  Hopefully they don't look too awful cheesy or anything.  I did add a lot of P.O.O.P.I.E onto them.  If you don't know what that is go over to The Nester's site and she will explain.  :)

More fall outdoor decorating to come!  Next up pumpkin topiary number 3 with a kick!

ValSig1

36 comments:

Mike Golch said...

Looke good to me.Big time Hugs and God's Blessings to you and your family.

P.S. He loves you... said...

You rock! Love it! great way to dec co rate!

Tammy said...

Uh, how far is it to T'town?! I need a fall decoration consult!

Jen r. said...

They look great!

Southerner said...

I live at....Oh, you know where I live. If you want you can come do my front porch. These turned out great.

I would love ideas about the trunk or treat. I remember your Lucy and old lady posts. I still am not sure I am doing a trunk. My husband wants me to. I am just feeling overwhelmed lately.

The Southern Mom said...

So cute and creative! Love fall!

Dawn said...

Looks great! I understand the cutting the hole in the bottom so they'll sit on the one below them, but how are the pumpkins attached to each other? Are they glued, wired?

Very pretty... P.O.O.P.I.E. and all!!!

Brandi said...

It looks great, I am not really able to go through with your ideas ($ has to be tight right now)! I am going to work on my porch today, it will just be redneckish.

ValleyGirl said...

And you say you're not crafty!!! I dunno, Valarie, that looks pretty crafty to me!! Great job!

Anonymous said...

I did not know I had such a crafty daughter. YOU HAVE GOT TO LEARN HOW TO SEW. You could do such neat stuff. When can you do my front porch?

MAMA (MAWMAW) said...

I did not know I had such a crafty daughter. YOU HAVE GOT TO LEARN TO SEW. When can you do my front porch?

jennifer said...

*WILD APPLAUSE*

You did great chick! I love that you are spray painting everything black. But you called it... the black looks perfect with the topiaries. AND, these can stay up until Christmas. It is perfect for the entire fall season!

Dawn said...

Umm... yah...

So I read it again. Yep, hotglue.

Good thing there wasn't a test at the end, right?!

We are THAT Family said...

O my gosh! You are creative. Love them!

Woman said...

I love these! I want some of those pumpkins just to sit outside, but how would I weigh them down? Any ideas on that?

Kendrawolf said...

Awesome! I should go do something like that. I still have a Christmas wreath on the front door that I made almost 3 years ago. Shame on me!

Life on the farm... said...

Aww... you are sooo good at this bloggy thing, I love how I feel like I was some how right there while you were looking for resources. Takes a lot of time, but worth it for us to see. They look great, and I love the pumpkins you added at the bottom!

Suzie said...

Thank so much for your kind thoughts during little B's illness it was much appreciated.He's at school today and doing great.

Wow Are you crafty I am so impressed

Kimmie said...

Hi Valerie!
Oh lookie at what you did! I LOVE the look. How neat to stack them like that into topiaries. I think the p.o.o.p.i.e looks wonderful and not at all overly done. Have you thought at all about painting your pumpkins? I am doing mine this year with some big black polka dots and whatever else I can find in the decorator books. I am a *crazy* All Hallow's Eve woman! I just love this season!

Can't wait to see what you come up with next. :-)
Hugs,
Kimmie

Tausha said...

I have a thing for topiaries. Not that I have any of my own-just love looking at others! I want to make some-but I wont pay $40 a PEICE for pumpkins! Yep-they are that much. I still wont pay half price for them either. I am so cheap! guess I will still vicariously through you!

Muthering Heights said...

You are so crafty, I love the pumpkin "topiaries!"

And you're brave too...I would have been turned away by the spider at the outset, LOL!

Carrie said...

Wow they turn out great good job.

Courtney said...

Very Pretty! I tried just doing some marigolds on my porch this fall but they are already whithering. I am like a death sentence to plants!

Leigh said...

I do this each year with real pmupkins. I musta been stupid. I was planing on getting some of those cute pumpkins anyway...I will just get more and make my topiary with them this year.

Looks great!

mah-meeee said...

another great idea! so do you just randomly collect decor stuff and store them? man, if only i can find useful stuff in my home to do something crafty!

Amy-littletoesandcheerios said...

That turned out so nice! You are very creative. I love the black pots. Makin' me think of doing something like this to my porch.

Misty said...

Love it! They look especially good in the black planters! I need to go shopping...

Ruby Red Slippers said...

I am going to spray paint my pots tomorrow! I have a TON of pumpkins, and that is beautiful! (I like the fake stuff too.)

Lorie said...

So fun! I haven't even started thinking about outside yet. It is still too hot!

Rhea said...

That's totally awesome, Valarie! I'm so impressed by your crafitness. And you paint everything black. lol

Megan said...

I think those are GREAT decorations! Not bad at all!

Drama Mama said...

very cute

Rambling Girl said...

lLove your decor Valerie! They are not cheesy at all. I want some myself.
Have a great week!
Beth

Marie said...

Your pumpkin topiaries are great! They don't look cheesy at all! I considered doing this but couldn't bring myself to buy the pumpkins. lol I'm feeling cheap lately. ;o)

Judy @ In His Grip said...

I love your pumkin topiaries. I made some a couple of years ago and gave them a little update this year. Check them out over on my blog.

Andrea @ Big Creek Cottage said...

Love this!!! So pretty....