5 Budget-Friendly DIYs for Fall

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Foam Pumpkin Topiary

Next up we have a Foam Pumpkin Topiary. I’ll be making two of these with different pieces from multiple Dollar Tree foam pumpkins. I am a big fan of MacKenzie-Childs’ whimsical design, so any opportunity to paint something in check, polka-dots, or stripes, I jump. The glam topiaries below were made from all Dollar Tree items with the exception of paint. So, let’s get started…

DIY Fall Decor - Foam Pumpkin Topiary | Home Decorations | Fall Crafts | Seasonal Decor

Step 1:

Gather your supplies.

DIY Fall Decor - Foam Pumpkin Topiary | Home Decorations | Fall Crafts | Seasonal Decor

Step 2:

Remove the stems from the larger pumpkins.

DIY Fall Decor - Foam Pumpkin Topiary | Home Decorations | Fall Crafts | Seasonal Decor

Step 3:

Paint both pumpkins white the paint black horizontal stripes on each.

DIY Fall Decor - Foam Pumpkin Topiary | Home Decorations | Fall Crafts | Seasonal Decor

DIY Fall Decor - Foam Pumpkin Topiary | Home Decorations | Fall Crafts | Seasonal Decor

DIY Fall Decor - Foam Pumpkin Topiary | Home Decorations | Fall Crafts | Seasonal Decor

Step 4:

Disassemble 2 tiered pumpkins and paint each individual foam pumpkin white.

DIY Fall Decor - Foam Pumpkin Topiary | Home Decorations | Fall Crafts | Seasonal Decor

DIY Fall Decor - Foam Pumpkin Topiary | Home Decorations | Fall Crafts | Seasonal Decor

Step 5:

Using a pencil, I use the grooves of the pumpkin to draw checks. Then I trace and fill in the checks with a black Sharpie.

DIY Fall Decor - Foam Pumpkin Topiary | Home Decorations | Fall Crafts | Seasonal Decor

DIY Fall Decor - Foam Pumpkin Topiary | Home Decorations | Fall Crafts | Seasonal Decor

DIY Fall Decor - Foam Pumpkin Topiary | Home Decorations | Fall Crafts | Seasonal Decor

Step 6:

I painted over each check with black paint.

DIY Fall Decor - Foam Pumpkin Topiary | Home Decorations | Fall Crafts | Seasonal Decor

Step 7:

I paint polka-dots on the smaller pumpkins.

DIY Fall Decor - Foam Pumpkin Topiary | Home Decorations | Fall Crafts | Seasonal Decor

DIY Fall Decor - Foam Pumpkin Topiary | Home Decorations | Fall Crafts | Seasonal Decor

Step 8:

While the pumpkins dried, I spray painted the leaves and sprigs from the tiered pumpkin gold and spray painted the berries a fuschia color.

DIY Fall Decor - Foam Pumpkin Topiary | Home Decorations | Fall Crafts | Seasonal Decor

DIY Fall Decor - Foam Pumpkin Topiary | Home Decorations | Fall Crafts | Seasonal Decor

Step 9:

I will be setting my pumpkins on top of Dollar Tree tealight candle holders, but first I gold leafed them.

DIY Fall Decor - Foam Pumpkin Topiary | Home Decorations | Fall Crafts | Seasonal Decor

DIY Fall Decor - Foam Pumpkin Topiary | Home Decorations | Fall Crafts | Seasonal Decor

DIY Fall Decor - Foam Pumpkin Topiary | Home Decorations | Fall Crafts | Seasonal Decor

Step 10:

Once everything was dry, I gathered all items together for assembly.

DIY Fall Decor - Foam Pumpkin Topiary | Home Decorations | Fall Crafts | Seasonal Decor

Step 11:

The next few photos, I’ll be hot gluing and stacking the pumpkins onto the candle holder and each other.

DIY Fall Decor - Foam Pumpkin Topiary | Home Decorations | Fall Crafts | Seasonal Decor

DIY Fall Decor - Foam Pumpkin Topiary | Home Decorations | Fall Crafts | Seasonal Decor

DIY Fall Decor - Foam Pumpkin Topiary | Home Decorations | Fall Crafts | Seasonal Decor

DIY Fall Decor - Foam Pumpkin Topiary | Home Decorations | Fall Crafts | Seasonal Decor

DIY Fall Decor - Foam Pumpkin Topiary | Home Decorations | Fall Crafts | Seasonal Decor

DIY Fall Decor - Foam Pumpkin Topiary | Home Decorations | Fall Crafts | Seasonal Decor

Step 12:

I created stems from foil and covered with metal gold leaf.

DIY Fall Decor - Foam Pumpkin Topiary | Home Decorations | Fall Crafts | Seasonal Decor

Step 13:

Finally, you should end up with something like this.

DIY Fall Decor - Foam Pumpkin Topiary | Home Decorations | Fall Crafts | Seasonal Decor


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