Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Easy Fall Twine Striped Pumpkins

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AdvertisementTo celebrate the rich, warm colors of Fall, I decided to spruce up my front porch with some Fall gardening. So I got some lovely mums, pansies and coleus, displayed with the help of these twine-striped pumpkins that were so easy to make.



I was inspired by several pictures on Pinterest (such as this one from Keeping Up with the Joneses) to create my little porch vignette. (Note: If you're going to pin the pic below, please visit the link above, then pin, so they get credit for their beautiful work!)

I bought some artificial pumpkins, special saws for carving artificial pumpkins, Outdoor Mod Podge, jute twine, and brushes (foam or bristle work well). This would also work (maybe even better for the outdoors) with a ceramic pumpkin. I will keep my eye out for some after Halloween when they go on sale! I also couldn't resist these little faux baby pumpkins that I will use at the end.


For the large white pumpkin, I'm going to put a potted plant inside. So I used a saw to cut out a hole.


Then I brushed on some Outdoor Mod Podge on top of the twine as I positioned it at a diagonal on the pumpkin.


And I formed a lattice design, going the other direction. As that started to dry, I brushed the entire outside with a light coat of Outdoor Mod Podge. Use more Outdoor Mod Podge to glue the ends inside, and on the entire inside as well. Or, you could use a polyurethane spray to protect it.


For the smaller pumpkin, I kept it as is, and just Mod Podged the twine along the grooves of the pumpkin. Again, as it dries, brush a light layer of Outdoor Mod Podge all over the outside.


I repotted the coleus, mums, and pansies into a larger pot. I love how the coleus drapes over the sides. Then I repotted another mum plant into a slightly larger pot that would fit into the pumpkin, put a dish at the bottom of the pumpkin, and put that pot inside. I also decorated the large pot with the baby pumpkins.


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My family has been using Miracle-Gro for as long as I can remember. You can use it too to help Find beauty in the Fall! Since I am not able to do in-ground gardening in our current home, I rely on potting mixes to keep up my plants. You know me...I need all the help I can get when it comes to plants, so I love that it feeds continuously for 6 months, and provides good air flow and water drainage with lots of organic materials.
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Be sure to learn more about Miracle Gro, get more ideas for fall planting, as well as interact with other gardeners on the Miracle-Gro Facebook page or clicking the orange button below to go to the Miracle Gro website.
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18 comments:

  1. Steph-- What a great vignette. I am so copying you and The Jones! I can't believe I hadn't like the Silly Pearl on FB... embarrassing! I'm on it! xo Malia

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  2. So adorable!! You did a fabulous job!!

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  3. Love what you did with the pumpkins! I'm itching to get my hands on some mums since the temps have finally dropped around here. Your porch looks great!

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  4. Love these!! Great job!

    -Erin @ DIY On the Cheap

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  5. OH MY! LOOOOOVE THE MUMS INSIDE THE PUMPKIN! SO GORGEOUS!

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  6. Steph I love how this turned out. The twine looks great on the pumpkins. Great job!

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  7. Those are super cute pumpkins. I love the twine!

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  8. So simple, but it makes such a statement! LOVE.

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  9. How simple and adorable. Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.

    xoxo
    Denyse

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  10. Great job making something basic into something beautiful! Love all your front porch decor. Thanks for sharing on Throwback Thursday - pinning!

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  11. great idea! THanks for linking up to Throwback Thursday!
    Kim

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