K, so… Y’all I seriously make things out of nothing. A LOT. And today’s project is no different. I have a
strange interesting brain that makes me see things that are there but not quite yet. Case in point: I was staring at some plastic Halloween pumpkin pails the other day, and I thought, “How cool would it be to make those into a pumpkin topiary?”
Weird? Maybe, but I can’t shut it off. My brain sees what it wants to see, and this blog is a result of that! I’m gonna just embrace it and go with it.
So, wanna see how I made a Plastic Pumpkin Pail Topiary?
*Three plastic pumpkin pails (They’re about $1 each right now at the store, but you could also just grab one that your child isn’t using anymore!)
*A 24 inch PVC pipe
*old pair of tights
*an urn or container for the topiary to sit in (I used THIS URN that I found on the curb by the neighbor’s trash.)
*rocks, sand, or newspaper to stabilize
First, grab your pumpkins and remove the handles.
Now the pumpkins need a stabilizer – something to go up through them to keep the topiary from falling over. I snagged one of these 24 inch PVC pipes at the home improvement store, and it cost $1.14.
Turn the pumpkin upside down and trace the outline of the PVC pipe.
This is where the pipe will be going through the pumpkin, so make sure to center it as best as you can.
Next, cut a star in the bottom of the pail with a knife.
Tip: I found that if you let the pumpkin sit outside in the sun for a little while before you cut it, the plastic softens a bit – making the cutting a whole lot easier.)
Thread the pipe through the pumpkin.
I had to push a little bit, but the pipe went through fairly easily. Repeat the steps until all the pumpkins are stacked.
Now you are ready to paint!
I spray painted all of the pumpkins Heirloom White from Rustoleum. It took about 2 or 3 coats for each one. Having the pumpkins stacked already made the spray painting go so much faster, in my opinion.(I’m sorry I don’t have a picture of this! I thought I took a few, but after searching I guess not. Grr. Sorry guys!)
Next, cut the tights.
I used a pair of lace tights that had gotten a snag. Starting at the foot, I cut at about mid calf.
Pull the tights on over the pumpkin.
Unstack your topiary for this step. It may be a little tricky, so having someone hold the pumpkin while you pull the tights on is a good idea. This is what the pumpkin looks like from below and from above:
Pull the excess material up through the bottom – enough to keep it inside – and cut the rest. I left extra material at the top so it stays put.
Rethread the pumpkins and place them in the container.
Make sure there are rocks, sand, or newspapers inside your urn to keep the PVC pipe stabilized.
I added a witch hat to the top of my topiary to cover up the hole in the top pumpkin.
The cool thing about this topiary is that it doubles as a candy bowl for treat-or-treaters, too! If you don’t want to answer the door, or you’re out trick-or-treating with your kidlets, the topiary can hold your candy for you. Either add a bowl inside, or put the candy directly into the pumpkin.
Super cute, right? I love it! I love when crazy ideas enter my head and turn into fun projects for my home. Especially ones that don’t cost a lot. 3 plastic pails, a free urn, some spray paint, and a pair of ruined tights. Pretty cool!