pumpkin topiary
Brian Francis

Assemble Your Topiary

Step 1: Choose pumpkins of varying sizes and colors. (We used two pumpkins; more can be added for height.) Select a container that is wide enough for the largest pumpkin to rest in. If needed, a block of Styrofoam or florist’s foam can be added to stabilize the bottom pumpkin.

Step 2: Measure and cut a wooden dowel so that it is long enough to connect the pumpkins. Using a sharp knife, cut out the stem of the largest pumpkin, and then insert the dowel.

Tip: For best results, assemble the topiary the day before your big meal. (Because the pumpkin pulp is not removed, the topiary has a shorter life span.)

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