This stacked pumpkin topiary is the cutest Halloween decoration for the front porch! Easy to make and fun for all ages, they light up and can be broken down for storage when not in use.
I am a huge fan of Halloween and love to do all kinds of decorations to welcome trick-or-treaters. Every year, I add to our huge display of Outdoor Halloween Decorations here. One of the first decorations I did were these lighted pumpkin topiaries!
Did I mention I still often dress up too. These are the perfect sinister greeters for all the kids who dare come up to our door.
- ¾ inch dowel rod
- Drill and ¾ inch bit to make holes
- Plastic pumpkin heads
- Planter Filling – Sand and foam or dirt
- Spanish moss
- Something to cut the dowel rod like a hand saw, if necessary
Where can I find pumpkins for a DIY Pumpkin Topiary?
I got mine at Lowes, but I admit these are getting harder to find. However, there are several other options that are just as cute!
- Carvable foam pumpkins from Amazon.
- The Dollar Store sometimes has them.
- Home Depot has had very similar ones in the past few years.
- Plastic candy buckets.
- If your pumpkins aren’t able to be carved, decorate them in other ways like paint, flowers, stickers, or even glow in the dark paint.
How To Make an Pumpkin Topiary for Outdoors
Since the pumpkins I had didn’t need to be carved in any way, I started by filling a planter with Styrofoam and sand. The Styrofoam kept it from being ridiculously heavy. I added spanish moss around the base and inserted the dowel rod all the way to the bottom of the planter.
Each pumpkin head had a hole drilled through the top and bottom. That is, except for the pumpkin I planned on putting on top. You only need to drill the bottom hole for that one.
I firmly pushed the pumpkins onto the stake and judged how much excess length to trim off the dowel rod. The dowel rods are pretty easy to cut with a handsaw or other cutting tool.
If your pumpkins have an open top, I would also consider drilling a small hole at the bottom to drain any rain water.
My pumpkins came with lights, but you can easily add your own with a simple flameless candle like these. If it can’t be inserted through the face, cut a small hole in the back. Keep the “cork” and replace it after insertion.
I don’t recommend regular candles for foam or plastic pumpkins, since the heat can cause fire.
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These little outdoor stacked pumpkins are a great way to greet the trick or treaters in your neighborhood. I was very happy with this project and I love that it will last for years to come! Happy Haunting!
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DIY Pumpkin Topiary
- ¾ inch drill bit
- Hand Saw
- Insert the dowel rod into the planter, all the way to the bottom. Fill planter with sand and foam or dirt to anchor the dowel rod.
- Plan out how you want the pumpkins to stack and in which order. Mark areas for holes in the pumpkin head so that they stack nicely on top of each other at alternating angles.
- Drill holes in the top and bottom of all pumpkin heads except the top one.
- Press the pumpkin heads onto the dowel rod. If necessary, cut any excess off of the dowel rod using a hand saw or other cutting tool.
- Add flameless tea lights or battery operated outdoor lights inside the pumpkins.