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Decorative Pumpkins for Autumn

Decorative pumpkins make splendid fall decorations. Sherry shares with us how to make gilded pumpkin decorations and how to display them as well.


Our fall decorating ideas section contains many ideas for using pumpkins and autumn gourds on your porch.

We begin with a picture of Kim's pretty pumpkin arrangement and then Sherry's lovely gilded pumpkins and fall porch decorations.

impressive fall pumpkin arrangement
Beautiful pumpkin arrangement courtesy of SavvySouthernStyle




Sherry's Autumn Gilded Pumpkins

Sherry, author of The Charm of Home, shows us how to create a wonderful porch arrangement using pumpkins, pots, and flowers. Sherry's ideas also work well for a decorated Halloween front porch too.

Sherry's arrangement works beautifully on her porch. She uses simple pots, wreaths, and creativity to create a wonderful autumn display.


pumpkins and urns as fall decorations


Note how she placed a wreath in a flower pot and added a spider web and a friendly spider! That is so cute.


flower pot with spider decoration



Sherry Shares How to Create a Pumpkin Topiary

Sherry writes that she had been wanting to make a pumpkin topiary so decided to try one for her porch. Here's how she put it all together.

Sherry's first step is to create an urn on which to place the topiary.

Instead of purchasing an urn, she decided to make her own with materials she already had. She painted two terra cotta pots with a textured spray paint and then aged it glazing.

She then hot glued them together, one on top of the other.

decorative pots and Valspar




Sherry repeated the process to make this large urn which were free planters from her family. She spray painted and glazed them so they looked more like stone.

Because they were so large she drilled holes in the bottoms and secured them with nuts and bolts. In the photo below, Sherry is in the process of glazing the pots with Valspar glaze in mocha.


two flower pots inverted


Finished look!


gilded pumpkins on pots




Quick Way to Gild Pumpkins

Sherry really wanted to gild her pumpkins in gold and came up with an easy way to do it!.

Spray the pumpkin with gold spray paint and wipe it off quickly with a paper towel. It worked great!

gold spray paint for pumpkins





pumpkin spray painted gold




To make the topiary Sherry used bamboo skewers from the grocery store. If using larger pumpkins, dowel rods may work better.


bamboo skewers to attach pumpkins




tie stacked pumpkins with autumn colored ribbon





white and orange pumkins and planters



We really appreciate Sherry sharing her porch decorating ideas and decorative pumpkins with us; please visit her blog, the Charm of Home, to see more decorating ideas!


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More Pictures of Decorative Pumpkins and Arrangements

Use our photos below to pick out ideas you can use this year to create your own decorated pumpkins and displays.

fun carved pumpkins on front porch

Don't forget that carved pumpkins can add to your autumn fun, too.




country autumn decorated porch with pumpkins
Pumpkins almost always makes an autumn porch more inviting.



country autumn decorated porch with pumpkins
Stencil or paint designs, logos, or even your name to make decorative pumpkins.



pumpkins displayed down front porch steps
A mixture of pumpkins and other gourds on the front steps can be very appealing for fall.



pumpkins displayed among artwork
Integrate pumpkins with other front porch decorations.













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