The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

Black & White Pumpkin Topiaries: another DIY Halloween craft.

Topiaries are always kind of fun and so I decided to make some fun pumpkin topiaries for Halloween.  I love how these turned out!

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I have had the two urns for years, but everything else was either from the Dollar Store, or I already had them on hand.  (Or they were trash or yard clippings…)

Supplies needed:

  • 3 different sizes of pumpkins x 2  (I got these at the Dollar Store)
  • 2 fake ravens (I had these sparkly guys, but the Dollar Store has ravens too)
  • white spray paint
  • glitter paint (or glue and glitter)
  • hot glue gun
  • wood skewers
  • black spray paint
  • newspaper or kraft paper
  • sticks or dried florals
  • card-stock and ribbon

First, you’ll want to cut the stems off of your pumpkins.  It was pretty easy to do with just a bread knife.

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I painted all of the pumpkins with white spray paint and then embellished them with ribbons, glitter and glitter puff paint.  You can use whatever you have around and put any design you’d like.

When the pumpkins were dry, it was time to start stacking them in the urns.

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Because it’ll be top-heavy, you want to be sure it is stable at the bottom.  As luck would have it, I happened to have a couple of empty Patron Tequila bottles sitting around.  (Don’t you judge me!)  These bottles are beautiful and are a heavy, blown glass.  I wedged them into the urns, upside down.  These provide weight for the bottom of the topiary and also an elevated platform for the base pumpkin to sit on.

To help hide the bottle, I ripped up strips of kraft paper, spray painted them black and tucked them around the edges of the urn.  Next, I fired up my glue gun and glued the first pumpkin to the bottle.

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I glued a few doo-dads in between the pumpkins here and there.  One thing I highly recommend doing is running a skewer through the 3 pumpkins and glue them as you stack them.  Again, for stability.  Base pumpkin, middle pumpkin, top pumpkin and top it off with a raven.  They have little wires on their feet and I just poked the wires down into the pumpkin.  I added some glue to the bottom of the feet as well…

Making the banner is easy.  I cut out the tags and the letters on my Cricut, but you could use any shape (or fabric) or store bought letters.  Whatever you want.  I tied them onto a length of ribbon….

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Then I glued the ends of the ribbon to the back side of the birds’ beaks, so it looks like they’re they’re holding it.

I think it’s pretty simple because of the color palette, but is intricate because of all of the texture.

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I like how the orange pumpkins and the candy pop against all of that white and silver.

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I am so, so happy with how these turned out!  I wish Halloween would last a bit longer each year!

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Happy October!!!

***UPDATE: I knew I had been inspired by ravens holding a garland somewhere last year and just couldn’t remember where, what or who.  I just stumbled across it… I should have known it was from the fabulous Carolyn at Homework, with her crow garland last October.***

about Vivienne Wagner

21 Comments

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Hi I'm Shannon! said...

October 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm
I love it! The crows holding the banner are my favorite element. It's awesome!!

PS-I won't judge, I have a Patron bottle hanging out waiting for it's turn at bat ;)
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Alderberry Hill said...

October 4, 2012 at 2:41 pm
Oh wow! This is really beautiful, I love it. Thanks so much for sharing!
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MiMi said...

October 4, 2012 at 2:54 pm
Viv, those turned out gorgeous!!
I would try really hard NOT to knock em over while heading straight for the candy corn! ;)
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Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. said...

October 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm
Love this! So classic! I incorporated ravens this year too. Love how the ravens are holding the Halloween banner!
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Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

October 4, 2012 at 5:11 pm
Super cute Viv!! I love the crows and the bling!
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nest of posies said...

October 4, 2012 at 6:42 pm
how fun is this! love it.
my favorite part is the birds holding the bunting.

xo
kellie
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Richella said...

October 4, 2012 at 8:05 pm
This is so cute! My favorite thing is the banner held in the ravens' mouths. That's just right!
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PJ @ Planned in Pencil said...

October 4, 2012 at 8:43 pm
<--- judging... just because I was asked not to ... POW.... that's me just being a rebel!
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Laura@Elegant Nest said...

October 5, 2012 at 12:25 am
Another adorable Halloween craft! Your house must be so cute this time of year with all of your DIY ideas and decor!
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Bliss said...

October 5, 2012 at 1:37 am
Love it so I'm pinning it.

Bliss
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Kelly B said...

October 5, 2012 at 3:48 am
The crows holding the banner is absolutely genius!
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Amy* said...

October 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm
This is beautiful Vivienne! I love the sparkly ravens holding the tag banner! You are so clever to use the empty patron bottle (no judgement here...I have a few of those lying around :))

Amy*
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Laura / The Shed blog, by Pet Scribbles said...

October 5, 2012 at 4:43 pm
Love this idea! Have you ever made an ugly pumpkin, by the way? I think not! And I won't judge about the tequila - you said the glass bottle is beautiful so I'm sure you just buy it for the glass, right? ;)
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malia said...

October 6, 2012 at 2:38 pm
Love the whole thing! xo
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lisbonlioness said...

October 7, 2012 at 1:47 am
it's amazing how a few bucks and a bit of coherent effort create something so ridiculously beautiful!
If I could have something like this in my house, I swear I'd keep it all year round because I'd be so, so proud of it.
It's elegant, quirky, unique, and I think it really has my name written all over it yet again. Get out of my head, lass. You're causing a creative itch!
Why, oh why do our pound shops not sell ravens and pumpkins? What the heck???
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Lady Courtney said...

October 8, 2012 at 12:12 pm
Love it, I'm going out today to find some fake pumpkins!
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Johnnie said...

October 8, 2012 at 4:02 pm
So pretty, Vivienne!
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SWEET YARNS said...

October 16, 2012 at 12:20 pm
Love this Halloween display. Thanks for sharing...
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Michelle Lunt said...

October 19, 2012 at 2:08 am
I really love this beautiful display.

Warmly, Michelle
Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust
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popsiclesandpinatas.com said...

October 24, 2012 at 4:43 pm
Looks awesome! I love the birds holding the banner. Great job on the pumpkins too!

Michelle
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Holly said...

October 27, 2012 at 2:39 am
Hi! First time visiting your cute blog. Love your Halloween decor. You have 4 boys??? Oh, MY! I have twin boys - that's it! I can't imaging double....xo

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