Want to make a pumpkin topiary for your Halloween decor? This tutorial uses plastic pumpkin candy bowls to make this lighted yard decor. It’s a super simple tutorial and really inexpensive to make using plastic pumpkin candy buckets. You gotta check it out!
I just love Halloween. It is the very most fun holiday to decorate for. It’s an excuse to be silly, and over the top, and to have spiderwebs in and around your home!
I wanted to add some light up decor to our yard this year, but didn’t want to buy any large inflatables. So, I decided to make my own light up pumpkin topiaries.
We made a set of two stacked pumpkin topiaries, but you could make one (maybe in a pot?) or many of them! These would look great scattered throughout your yard.
How to Make a DIY Plastic Pumpkin Topiary
To make these topiaries you will need plastic pumpkin candy bowls. The cheapest place that I found them was at Target. They also sell them at the Dollar Store and online.
I went for orange plastic jack o lantern style buckets. They also came in black and solid white so you could get a lot of different looks!
You will also need 1″ PVC pipe and a 1″ spade bit for your drill.
Drill two large holes in the bottom of each pumpkin. One hole should be centered and one towards the back.
The pumpkins were honestly horrible to drill into. They spun really easily from the drill. It helps to have a second person who can hold the pumpkin in place while you drill.
Stick the PVC pipe in the dirt or ground about a foot deep. String your lights through the bottom pumpkin out the back hole. Then slide the pumpkin onto the PVC pipe through the centered hole. Repeat this, stringing and stacking all of the pumpkins.
Make sure to bunch up some lights in each small pumpkin and bunch all excess lights in the big pumpkin on top.
Use a hammer or mallet to push the pipe down at the end to be sure it’s secure and not showing out the top of the pumpkin.
I really love how these turned out! They are simple but make a big impact on our yard. We placed one on either side of the garage door!
They would also make a big impact on your front porch on either side of the door in a pot or bucket.
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I love how this project turned out and really hope that the Trick or Treaters love them, too!
- 5 small plastic pumpkin candy bowls
- 1 large plastic pumpkin candy bowl
- Christmas lights
- 5' PVC pipe - 1" diameter
- 1" drill bit
- Mallet or hammer
- Drill 2 holes in the bottom of each pumpkin - one centered, the other towards the back.
- Use hammer or mallet to knock PVC pipe into the ground where you want it to go.
- String the lights into the first pumpkin through the back hole. Place center hole of pumpkin onto PVC pipe and push down.
- Repeat with other pumpkins, ending with large pumpkin.
- Add excess lights to large pumpkin.
- Use hammer or mallet to knock PVC pipe into ground far enough it doesn't show.
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