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How to Make a Stacked Pumpkin Decoration for Fall

Updated on August 9, 2017
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As an artist and a new home owner, Donna enjoys creating unique decorative items and holiday ornaments to welcome all to her artistic abode.

How to Make a Stacked Pumpkin Decoration for Fall
How to Make a Stacked Pumpkin Decoration for Fall | Source

Stacked pumpkin topiaries are a fun and festive way to decorate for Halloween and the fall season. Easy to put together, you can use either real or fake pumpkins to make your topiaries. You can decorate your pumpkins in any way you choose or leave them in their natural state. You'll find these colorful stacked decorations are a great way to add a touch of fall to your yard or porch, dress up your dining table, or to accessorize your holiday mantle.

Create a stacked pumpkin topiary to decorate your fall tablescape.
Create a stacked pumpkin topiary to decorate your fall tablescape. | Source

Choosing Your Pumpkins

  • I used three pumpkins in each of my stacked decorations, but you can use as many as you want. Choosing pumpkins that decrease in size gives your topiary a more classical look, but you can also use pumpkins that are all the same size for a uniform design.
  • If you are using real pumpkins, choose ones that have an even, level bottom and a flat top with no slope so that your gourds will sit straight on top of each other.
  • If you use fake pumpkins, pick ones that look the most realistic in shape, color, and texture.

Materials for making your stacked pumpkin decoration.
Materials for making your stacked pumpkin decoration. | Source

Materials for Making a Large Stacked Pumpkin Topiary

Your materials for this project will vary a little depending on the design you want and the materials you have at hand. Here is a basic list of supplies for building a large pumpkin topiary:

  • a bunch of pumpkins - These can either be real or fake pumpkins (do not, however, use fabric or paper mach√© pumpkins if you are putting your topiary outside). I used styrofoam pumpkins for all of my topiaries because I live in a warm climate and wanted my decorations to last through the season.
  • a planter, basket, or birdbath to use as a base for your topiary
  • coordinating ribbon and fall leaves or wreaths to decorate your topiary
  • hot glue or Liquid Nail to glue your pumpkins in place
  • utility knife or scissors

Remove the stems from your pumpkins to begin making a stacked pumpkin decoration.
Remove the stems from your pumpkins to begin making a stacked pumpkin decoration. | Source

Directions for Making a Large Stacked Pumpkin Decoration

1. Cut down or remove the stems from the pumpkins you plan to stack to make your topiary. You may want to leave the stem on your top pumpkin until you have the plan for your decoration complete. You may decide you want to leave that stem in place.

To cut down the stem on a real pumpkin, use a utility knife to trim off the stem as close as possible to the top of your pumpkin. Then use a sander to grind down the remaining stem so that it does not interfere with stacking your pumpkins.

You can usually remove the stem from fake pumpkins by just pulling on it until it pops out. Be gentle so that you don't dent or tear your pumpkin. You may need to use a utility knife to pry the stem out or cut through some glue before the stem is loose.

You can use leaves, flowers, or fall wreaths to fill in any gaps between your pumpkin and base when building your topiary.
You can use leaves, flowers, or fall wreaths to fill in any gaps between your pumpkin and base when building your topiary. | Source

2. Next, you'll want to play around a bit to see how your pumpkins fit together. Place your bottom pumpkin in your base and twist it around until it sits level in your container. Each pumpkin is going to need to be level so that your topiary will stand straight.

If there are any gaps between your pumpkin and your base, you can fill them with leaves or artificial flowers. You can also put a grapevine wreath on top of your base and nest your bottom pumpkin in it. Using a wreath as part of your base will also build height in your topiary if you want it to stand higher.

3. Without using any glue, start stacking your pumpkins on top of each other and begin to fit them together. You may need to turn each pumpkin around to see where it sits level on top of the pumpkin under it. With each pumpkin, step back and make sure that your topiary is standing straight. You may not be able to build your stack so that it is straight from every angle, but be sure that it looks straight from the front.

One you get your pumpkins balanced and standing straight, you may want to make them on the back with some chalk lines or arrows so you can line them up again when it is time to glue them in place.

You can decorate your pumpkins any way you choose when building your stacked topiary.
You can decorate your pumpkins any way you choose when building your stacked topiary. | Source

4. Now is the time, if you choose, to decorate your pumpkins. Take apart your stack and embellish your pumpkins however you want. Look on the internet or on Pinterest for ideas to carve or paint your pumpkin. You can also decorate it with stickers, stencils, or glitter!

When decorating your pumpkins, make sure you keep in mind the orientation for stacking your pumpkins. You'll want your decoration to be facing forward in your stack, so be sure you are decorating the side that will face front when your topiary is finished.

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I chose to leave my pumpkins in their natural state, but tie up my stack with ribbon. To do this, I used two coordinating colors of ribbon. I cut a length of each ribbon that was long enough to go up both sides with extra at the end to tie in a bow. Next, I turned my bottom pumpkin over and pinned the mid point of each of my ribbons to the bottom of my pumpkin in an X shape (you could also use hot glue to attach the ribbon to the bottom of your pumpkin). Then I began to build my stack of pumpkins.

Building Your Stacked Pumpkin Topiary
Building Your Stacked Pumpkin Topiary | Source

To Begin Building Your Stacked Pumpkin Topiary

1. If your topiary is going to be outside, or if your have children or pets in your home, you may want to weight down the base of your decoration. You can do this by filling your container with dirt or adding some rocks to the base. You may also want to glue your bottom pumpkin to the rim of your container using some hot glue.

2. Next, place your bottom pumpkin in your container. This would be the time to add any floral accessories or a wreath to fill in any gaps between your pumpkin and your base. If you are going to tie your stack of pumpkins with ribbon, make sure your ribbon is attached to your pumpkin, but hanging loose from the base.

3. Put some hot glue around the stem of your pumpkin and place the next pumpkin on top of it. The hot glue will not give you much time to arrange your pumpkins, so you may want to use Liquid Nail to stick your stack together. Liquid Nail will give you more time to adjust the placement of each pumpkin, but the Liquid Nail will need to dry overnight.

4. Continue in this manner to add each pumpkin to your topiary. When your top pumpkin is in place, you can add additional decoration with artificial flowers, leaves, acorns, or a bow.

To tie off the ribbon on my stack of pumpkins, I pinned the end of each of my ribbons around the stem of my top pumpkin. I cut off my ribbons and added a few leaves as decoration, but your could also create a bow to complete your topiary.

You can use a stacked pumpkin topiary as a centerpiece for your autumn table.
You can use a stacked pumpkin topiary as a centerpiece for your autumn table. | Source

Make a Stacked Pumpkin Topiary as a Table Centerpiece

The materials and process for making a stacked pumpkin centerpiece are basically the same as the large topiary outlined above.

There are many containers you can use as a base for your stacked pumpkin centerpiece.
There are many containers you can use as a base for your stacked pumpkin centerpiece. | Source

1. You can use a large decorative bowl, a smaller planter or a chunky candlestick as the base for your centerpiece. I used a medium size wooden bowl.

2. You may want to use slightly smaller pumpkins for your table top topiary.

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3. Put some bubble wrap or a towel in the bottom of your base. This will raise your bottom pumpkin up in your container and also give it something to nest in. You can cover your bubble wrap or towel from view with some artificial flowers or leaves.

4. Remove your pumpkin stems and do a practice arrangement as listed in Steps 1 and 2 above.

Wrapping your pumpkins with twine, ribbon, or string.
Wrapping your pumpkins with twine, ribbon, or string. | Source

5. Now take apart your practice stack and decorate your pumpkins if you wish.

I chose to wrap each of my pumpkins with a different type of twine or ribbon. I wrapped my bottom pumpkin with twine, my middle pumpkin with gold ric rac, and the top one with string. I like the combination of rustic elements like the twine and my wooden bowl, with highlights of gold for some added sparkle.

To do this, I cut six to eight equal lengths of twine or ribbon that reached from the bottom of my pumpkin to the top with a couple of extra inches to spare. Spreading my twine or ribbon like spokes on a wheel, I glued one end of each piece of twine or ribbon to the bottom of my pumpkin using hot glue (see photo above).

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I then turned my pumpkin over and pulled each string up to the top, running each string up one of the grooves in the sides of my pumpkin. I trimmed and glued each end to the top of my pumpkin using more hot glue. I was able to stuff my ends into the hole where the stem used to be and hold them in place with a few drops of glue.

6. I decorated each pumpkin in this same manner. Then I stacked and glued my pumpkins as directed above. I completed my table topiary with a few leaves and little pumpkins.

You can make a smaller stacked pumpkin topiary to decorate your mantle.
You can make a smaller stacked pumpkin topiary to decorate your mantle. | Source

I used this same process to create a small pumpkin topiary for my mantle. I used a large candle holder as my base. Then I wrapped each of my pumpkins with one length of ribbon, gluing both ends on the bottom of my pumpkin. When I stacked my pumpkins, I positioned them so that the ribbon was at alternating angles. I wrapped my smallest pumpkin with some thin curling ribbon and let the ends hang down my finished topiary in curls.

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I love my stacked pumpkin topiaries and think they give my home a charming fall touch.

All projects copyrighted © 2015 by Donna Herron. All rights reserved.

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      Donna Herron 23 months ago from USA

      Hi Cyndi! So glad you like this project! These topiaries are definitely not complicated or time consuming. They're as easy and quick as you want them to be. Your stacked pumpkin decorations will look more festive with the more accessories like ribbon and colorful leaves that you add. I'm sure you'll be thrilled with your completed stacked pumpkins. Good luck! Thanks for reading and commenting!!

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      Cynthia B Turner 23 months ago from Georgia

      Awesome idea. This beats my one little pumpkin sitting at the front door. I will add a few more and duplicate your topiary. It doesn't look incredibly complicated or time consuming, both of which I like in a project. This will wow holiday guests. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

      Take care.

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      Donna Herron 23 months ago from USA

      Thanks, Patricia - I really love my pumpkin decorations. And since I used artificial pumpkins, I plan to display mine through Thanksgiving. Thanks again for your comments! Hope you have a wonderful day!

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      Patricia Scott 23 months ago from sunny Florida

      Very nice....I am sure my daughter will give this a try.

      Clever idea that is not too over the top.

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      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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      Donna Herron 24 months ago from USA

      Hi letstalkabouteduc - I'm so glad you like this project and I am excited that you are going to make your own. I hope you make a pumpkin topiary that you really love. Good luck! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Donna Herron 24 months ago from USA

      Hi Heidi! Thanks so much for your support and encouragement! Hope you have a very Happy Halloween!

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      McKenna Meyers 24 months ago from Bend, OR

      How clever, beautiful, and easy to do! Thanks for sharing this. I'll make one tomorrow.

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      Heidi Thorne 24 months ago from Chicago Area

      Big congrats on Hub of the Day! Well deserved for this adorable and just-in-time for Halloween/Thanksgiving deco.

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      Donna Herron 24 months ago from USA

      Hi RedElf - Thanks so much for your kind works and support. I appreciate it!

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      Donna Herron 24 months ago from USA

      Hi Virginia Lynne - Yes, these stacked pumpkin decorations are a great way to recycle fall decorations like planters, ribbon, and leaves that you might have left over from other projects. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

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      RedElf 24 months ago from Canada

      Beautiful photos and how-to. Congrats on "Hub of the Day" :)

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      Virginia Kearney 24 months ago from United States

      Cute idea and a reminder that often good decorations don't take a lot of time to put together. I like the idea that a person can probably use ribbons and things they have around the house.

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      Donna Herron 24 months ago from USA

      Hi Kristen, Sally, Susan, and RTalloni! Thanks so much to all my crafty friends for stopping by again with words of congratulations. Thank you for all your support and encouragement!

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      RTalloni 24 months ago from the short journey

      Congrats on your Hub of the Day award for this easy and very pretty fall table DIY project!

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      Susan Deppner 24 months ago from Arkansas USA

      Back to congratulate you on well-deserved Hub of the Day honors today!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 24 months ago from Norfolk

      Hi Donna,

      Congrats of the HOTD, well done, it is so nice to see your efforts being rewarded.

      Sally

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      Kristen Howe 24 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Donna, congrats on HOTD for a well-deserved and timely hub, since I read this not too long ago.

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      Donna Herron 24 months ago from USA

      Thanks, Susan! I love when my projects inspire others! I hope you are enjoying all the wonders of fall and have a chance to do your own fall crafting. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

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      Susan Deppner 24 months ago from Arkansas USA

      These topiaries are beautiful and so perfect for the fall season. Feeling inspired!

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      Donna Herron 24 months ago from USA

      Hi Heidi! Thanks so much! I appreciate your comments, share, and support! You're the best! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend and taking some time to relax. Thanks again!

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      Heidi Thorne 24 months ago from Chicago Area

      Super cute, as always! I love fall deco. :) Sharing here and on Twitter. Happy Weekend and Halloween!

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      Donna Herron 2 years ago from USA

      Thanks! I appreciate your comments, Poetryman!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      You always have such interesting ideas.

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      Donna Herron 2 years ago from USA

      Jill - I'm so glad you tried this project and are happy with your stacked pumpkin topiary! I've seen those bumpy gourds in the store and they do look very cool. I bet your topiary looks amazing. Thanks for stopping by with your update! Happy Fall!

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      Jill Spencer 2 years ago from United States

      Hey, just thought I'd let you know that I made one of these today using a deep orange pumpkin, a white one, and one of those funky ones with with the bumps on it on top. Thanks for the great idea! It looks really cool.

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      Donna Herron 2 years ago from USA

      Thanks so much, FlourishAnyway! I plan to display my pumpkin topiary through Thanksgiving, right up until it's time to put out the Christmas decorations :) So glad you like this project and I hope you enjoy making your own. Thanks again for your comments and pin!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Very cute! It's early enough in the season that I'm going to try this craft this year. Also pinning so others can enjoy your creativity.

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      Donna Herron 2 years ago from USA

      Thanks so much, Jill! I have to admit, the first time I read your comment, I thought you wrote "Rocks fall and so do your topiaries" LOL I need to take more time to read my comments :) But your comment was lovely and much appreciated. Thanks so much for your support and share!

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      Jill Spencer 2 years ago from United States

      Fall rocks and so do your pumpkin topiaries. How charming they would look on a front porch. Pinned and shared.

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      Donna Herron 2 years ago from USA

      Hi Glimmer Twin Fan! So glad you like this project! These stacked decorations are really easy to customize with ribbon and other accents. You can create a topiary that is rustic with burlap and leaves, or elegant by using hints of metallic, or even scary by adding cobwebs, bats, and fake skulls! So many choices! Hope you have a great weekend and a wonderful fall. Thanks so much, as always, for your comments and support!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      I love this one Donna! What a great, and unique way to display pumpkins, especially now that my daughter is getting older and we don't need to do the whole spooky halloween thing for a month (only for halloween night!). Nicely done again. Loving all of your new hubs and trying to catch up on commenting.

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      Donna Herron 2 years ago from USA

      I agree! Hope you have a great day, Kristen!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      You're welcome Donna. I am excited for fall and the fall leaves too. I've just about had it with summer's hot weather, LOL

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      Donna Herron 2 years ago from USA

      Thanks, Kristen! I hope you are excited for the beginning of the fall season. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Donna, that's so festive and crafty for the fall season from Halloween to early winter. It's so beautiful and clever. Great hub!

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      Donna Herron 2 years ago from USA

      Thanks so much, Rachel! I hope these projects give you some ideas for decorating for the fall season. Thanks for your lovely comments. I appreciate it!

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Truly beautiful, Donna. I love them. I might even try making one of my own. Thanks for the idea and for sharing your talent.

      Blessings to you.