Thursday, October 7, 2010

Front Porch Party

I am happy to be joining Debra today at Common Ground for a Front Porch Party.
Please go over and view all of the wonderful decorating happening at her site.

Here is the arrangement I started with for the porch.  But all good things must be rearranged!  I show how I put the wreaths in the white planter here.   I have added spiderwebs and fake spiders.

I have been wanting to make a pumpkin topiary so I decided to try one for the porch.

First, I created an urn to put it on.  I spray painted two terra cotta pots with a textured spray paint and then I aged it with a glaze.  I really would love to have some urns for the front porch, but they are expensive!  So I just made these.  I already had all of the materials.  I hot glued these together.  One on top of the other as shown in planters below.

I did the same thing to make this large urn.  Free planters from family, I then spray painted, and then glazed them so they looked more like stone.  These were so large I had two holes drilled in the bottom of them and tied them together with screws and a nut, just so they don't topple over.   In this photo I am half way done glazing.  This is Valspar glaze in mocha. 

 So, I really wanted to gild my pumpkins in gold.  I have seen this done in several ways.  Martha dips pumpkins in some big tub of water with the gold floating on top.  Some people have used metallic glaze.  But, after buying that glaze for a furniture project I realized it was expensive too!  So I came up with a much easier way to gild pumpkins.  Spray paint them with gold spray paint and wipe it off real fast with a paper towel.  It works great!

See, a gilded pumpkin!    The can of spray paint will go to good use through December with Christmas right around the corner.

To make a topiary I use these bamboo skewers from the grocery store.  They might be too weak for a larger pumpkin and if that is the case dowel rods will do the job.

So here is my topiary.

I put it on the porch, but it was too cute for outside.  So, I brought it back in.

This is how I first arranged it.

The spiderweb wreath post is here.   This is a really inexpensive wreath too.  I tell you what it cost in that post.

Here is the final arrangement.  

I liked layering it all the way to the ground.  More arranged on the left side than the right side.  We come and go from the house on the right side so it would just get knocked off.

Please go over to Common Ground and visit all of the front porch links for much more inspiration!  Debra is also having a tablescape party on Friday, October 29th.  Join her.

Don't forget to sign up for the $45 CSN gift certificate.  Click 
here  to enter!


Marydon said...

G'day Sherry ~ What fabulous creations you have shared ... I love them all. You are inspiring me to do more than I have done ... think I'll be buying a lot of on=sale after the season items, too. TY!

Have a great weekend.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh it all looks wonderful. I love your pumpkins and the gilded one is fabulous. Great topiary too. Very pretty and so inviting. Hugs, Marty

Blondie's Journal said...


You did a fabulous job spray painting the pumpkin! It really paid off...the topiary looks beautiful. I would display it inside, too!!


Carmie of the Single Nester said...

What a welcoming entry! Love the metallic pumpkins!

Debra@Common Ground said...

I'm TOTALLY and officially in love with your gilded pumpkins, I've got to try it, Great job! really pretty and the topiary is just gorgeous! Thanks so much for linking up with VIF!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

That turned out so neat! Your very talented in creating, you are also inspiring me to do more but first I have to get some real pumpkins♥


Vicki said...

Smart thinking with the gilded pumpkins. The topiary looks great. Found you at VIF. Nice to meet you!

Shine said...

LOVE your gilded pumpkins, but your whole display is gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing such great ideas.....Blessings~Shine

Claire said...

The gilded pumpkin topiaries are adorably inspiring!

Entertaining Women said...

Wonderful vignette and well done tutorial. Thank you for sharing your neat ideas. Cherry Kay

Heaven's Walk - said...

Great job, Sherry! Love your ideas! :)

xoxo laurie

Marie said...

Hi Sherry - I love all the details that you put into your pumpkins...they now look more whimsical than ever! I also love your Mad Party set up, I just went back to check your post. Finally, I love love love butternut squash soup so thank you so much for putting up the recipe. Love your blog and I am now your newest follower.

Jane said...

I love the gilded pumpkin topiary!!! Everything looks fabulous, Sherry!

Linda said...

Love your Halloween decor~ especially the spooky spiderwebs and spiders! Hopping over from the porch party!

Tammy said...

Oh My I love those gilded punkins! How clever!!
Thanks for sharing!
Tammy :-)
a new follower...

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

I'm Loving your display, the Glided Pumpkin, the topiary stack.... So Sweet Thanks for Sharing

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Sherry, your porch looks so pretty. What great ideas you've posted! The spider web wreath and the stacked pots are so clever, and I LOVE your gilded pumpkin and the topiary. I'm going to have to try to copy your pumpkin. That turned out so pretty. Thanks for sharing your fab ideas! laurie

Nook Cranny Gifts said...

I love the spray paint on the pumpkin, nice..

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Hi Sherry~
Lovely job on those gilded pumpkins!

GardenofDaisies said...

Ooooh, the metalic pumpkins are pretty!!

julie miller said...

I really love your pumpkin topiary! What a great, easy way to gild pumpkins ~ thanks for sharing!! Julie

Red Couch Recipes said...

What a great way to gild pumpkins -- they look so fab! Joni

SavannahGranny said...

You are soooo funny! Putting the topiary outside and then bringing it in. I do things like that all the time. Love the idea of the spray paint. I can do that. Your display is beautiful.
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