Just a few materials and less than 30 minutes are all you need to create an elegant pumpkin topiary that will last throughout the autumn season.Marian Parsons, Mustard Seed Interiors
Fill urn with dirt, gravel or rocks. Clip and remove vine that holds grapevine wreaths together (Image 1). Gently pull apart with fingers. Position large wreath inside top of urn to make a nest for large pumpkin (Image 2).
Break stem off large pumpkin (Image 1) and place in grapevine wreath nest (Image 2).
Clip and remove vine that wraps around smaller wreath. Gently spread vines apart with fingers and position small wreath on top of large pumpkin. Use wire cutters to trim five inches of wired stem off bottom of artificial bittersweet springs (Image 1). Insert three trimmed pieces of wired stem into top of large pumpkin leaving half of the wire exposed (Image 2). Position small pumpkin on top of large, gently pushing it onto the exposed wires (Image 3). This will stabilize the topiary and hold the smaller pumpkin in place.
Use wire cutters to snip small springs off of larger bittersweet stems. Insert cuttings into grapevine wreaths (Image 1). Finish by wrapping each wreath with natural raffia (Image 2). Note: Topiaries will last in cool temperatures for several weeks; dispose of pumpkins when flesh gives in to a light touch.