How to Make a Stacked Pumpkin Decoration

by Donna
I love decorating for fall and these stacked pumpkin topiaries are a fun and festive way to decorate for Halloween and Thanksgiving season. 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.
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.
The details and decorations you choose for your topiary really create the overall look. Burlap ribbon and colorful leaves can create a rustic look. Accents of gold and sparkle can make for a more elegant display. Or you can add in some fake bats, a few skulls, and some cobwebs for a traditional scary scene. You can find all the directions and more ideas on my blog at
I enjoyed making these topiaries so much that I actually made a few of these stacked pumpkin decorations for my home. One of my favorites is this table centerpiece. For this pumpkin topiary, I chose to wrap each of my pumpkins with a different type of twine or ribbon. I like the combination of rustic elements like the twine and my wooden bowl, with highlights of gold and shine for some added sparkle.
To wrap my pumpkins, I cut 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, I glued one end of each piece of twine or ribbon to the bottom of my pumpkin using hot glue (see photo above). 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 used this same process to create a small pumpkin display for my mantle. Here 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. After I glued it together, I let the ends of the ribbon hang down my finished topiary in curls. Check out my full tutorial at
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