This post is sponsored by At Home.
I’m always looking for a fun Halloween DIY project, and my porch was crying out for something new. I can’t wait to put out the new Jack-O-Lantern Topiary I made. It’s super cute during the daytime, and at night it even lights up!
I was able to find everything I needed for my topiary on a shopping trip to At Home. They have tons of Halloween decor like wreaths, garlands, and spooky creatures. To make your own Jack-O-Lantern Topiary, you’ll need a planter, floral foam insert, Jack-O-Lanterns (or other decorative pumpkins), strong glue and (possibly) spray paint.
During your shopping trip, select pumpkins that are in graduated sizes that will stack well on top of each other. I picked out Jack-O-Lanterns, but if you could use other decorative pumpkins instead. You’ll also want to select a planter that is the right shape and size to hold your Jack-O-Lanterns or pumpkins.
The only part of this project that is a little challenging is removing the stem from the pumpkins. I had hoped that I could carve it off with a utility knife, but the plastic was too thick. You’ll need to bring in some power tools like a jigsaw or rotary tool. Make sure you only remove the stems from the pumpkins on the bottom and in the middle-you’ll want to leave the stem on the pumpkin that goes on the top of your topiary.
After the stems are removed, glue the Jack-O-Lanterns together. You’ll want to use an extremely strong glue like E6000 to create your pumpkin stack.
I picked out a blue pottery planter based on its size and shape, but that required spray painting it black. Whether or not you’ll need to paint your planter will depend on which one you select. You’ll also want to pick up a piece of round floral foam and carve it down to fit inside the planter’s opening. When you place your pumpkins on top of the foam, if you can see any of the foam you’ll want to paint that the same color as your planter.
Use the same strong glue you used to create your pumpkin stack to glue them to the foam.
You can add additional embellishments to your topiary, like this way too realistic spiderwebbing I picked up at At Home.
The only step that’s left to do is place your Jack-O-Lantern Topiary on your porch.
And don’t forget to plug it in at night!
Check out all of the massive selection and inexpensive Halloween offerings on your next visit to At Home. Everything I picked up was under $20 a piece! It’s a great place to visit when you need to decorate on a budget.