Saturday, October 6, 2012

Pumpkin Topiary

I have seen stacked pumpkins on Pinterest and wanted to do something like that this year. I don't have a big front porch so I needed to incorporate it into my garden space in the front yard. Last weekend, Eliza and I went to a pumpkin patch with some other families. It was a low profile, pick your own patch. You payed based on the honor system, it's nice to know that there are still trusting souls out there!!

The kids and parents had a blast finding the best ones in the patch. The sizes, shapes, and colors were so varied. We got a couple little ones that Eliza found and then I got two larger ones. We went to a nearby greenhouse to look for mums and white pumpkins. Here's Eliza surrounded by pumpkins sporting her Volunteers t- shirt.

I think she's cuter than a pumpkin. I found two pumpkins for the project, one a nudish color and the other white. To make the topiary, I turned a planter upside down. I stacked the pumpkins and tried to give them a little support with pins, lets hope there aren't severe winds :-). I was having a hard time putting the dried flowers between the pumpkins so I decided to use grapevine. I made two circle wreaths and put it between the pumpkins. This allowed me to secure the dried flowers and clippings. I also put moss between the grapevine and pumpkins, which provided support and made it looked fuller.

I ended up using a lot of clippings from my autumn joy sedum. I really like the way it came together. The neighbors drove by and said they were going to try and make one as well, which was flattering.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Funky Fall Wreath

I decided to make a wreath with a variety if fabrics and textures. I wrapped strips of various coordinating fabrics around a foam wreath.

I found some packs of pre-cut hexagon shapes at Big Lots. I used them to make some full flowers.

I'm proud to say its hanging in the front window of Project Anthologies!!


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