Pumpkin Topiary with Lights

Fall is officially in full swing, and I have a few fun Fall projects to show you over the next couple of weeks!  With a busy family, these projects are slow-movin’ trains, but if I’ve learned anything as a blogger, it’s that my family needs and deserves more than just my leftovers;)

So here’s the first touch of Fall that I’m totally loving…

A Lighted Pumpkin Topiary!  While browsing through Michael’s recently, a Pumpkin Topiary caught my eye, so I gathered the supplies to create my own version.  

*Please excuse these less than stellar photos.  My battery charger to our good camera is MIA, so these were taken with my trusty Iphone.  Not too shabby for a phone, but I am having Nikon withdrawals!

Lighted Pumpkin Topiary

Supplies Needed:

3 faux Pumpkins (13″, 9″, and 4″)
Hot Glue Gun
Electric knife or box cutter
 White light strand (100 count)
Berry Garland, Fall leaves, or other decoration
Extension Cord

These pumpkins are from Michael’s and come in orange, cream, and black.  Any color would be fabulous or use a combo of all three for variety!  

  This is a messy project, so have your vacuum handy!
First, slice off the stems of the middle (9″) and bottom pumpkin(4″).  This ancient electric knife does the trick!
 I was attempting to create a flat surface on these pumpkins and cut off more than necessary.  Once you assemble the topiary, determine if more of the top needs to be cut away to make it rest straight.  This exposed part on mine will need to be hidden with decorative garland or leaves, so cutting away less is best!
Then, using the knife, cut a hole (large enough to squeeze your hand through) in the bottom of all three pumpkins.  

Next, cut a hole in the top of the middle and bottom pumpkins.  

You will feed the lights through these holes.  
Then, use a pencil to mark where you would like to drill the light holes.  
Drill holes into the markings.  Use the drill in a circular motion to form the holes as large as you prefer.  Holes shown are about an inch or so.

Next, stuff the lights into the pumpkins.  I roughly counted the lights and stuffed 20 into the small top pumpkin, 30 into the middle pumpkin, and 50 into the large bottom pumpkin.  Leave the plug outside the topiary and attach an extension cord.  

Then, to secure your topiary, carefully hot glue pumpkins together.  Just a few dabs of glue is sufficient.
Shown above is the Fall Berry/Leaf Garland I chose to embellish my topiary with (Michael’s).  Other options are fall leaves or coordinating ribbon.  
The garland is simply wrapped (not glued) around the base of each pumpkin.  
Beautiful at night!
This Pumpkin Topiary has a home on my kitchen bar, but it would be fabulous on your front porch in an urn as a part of a fall arrangement!