If you're like me, you'll want to fire up your drills when you see this project. I wish I could say it was my original idea but it came from the pages of last years (2008) Southern Living special issue called "Fall Decorating." I found the issue too late in the season (last fall) so I saved the idea to re-create this year. I'm so glad I did. I love the results and my neighbors are asking if I'll make them one too so I think it's a hit. Southern Living used real pumpkins for their project but I wanted mine to last a lot longer so I bought 3 fake ones in various sizes ~ that way I can use the project next year too. The plastic pumpkins were very easy to drill ~ I used two different sized drill bits (this is what I was working on last week when the weather had me in such a bad mood). You also need to cut the tops out of the two bottom pumpkins & the bottoms out of the two top pumpkins. Clear as mud? Good. Now here's a look at the finished results (all duded up) during the day: (I still plan to add a few more real pumpkins around the base)
The pumpkins were stacked together after a 100 count string of white lights was spread evenly throughout all three (which is why you need to cut the tops & bottoms). I pulled a bit of the light string out of the bottom pumpkin to weave around the grapevine at the base of the urn but you could also just add another string of lights instead. Isn't that the best project ever? As gardeners, you most likely already have any number of containers handy that you could use as a base. Or you could also use a pedestal instead of a container, just a thought.... Want to see the night-time effect? I thought so.
oops. Looks like I had my camera turned at an angle. I didn't realize that when I snapped the picture. It really isn't crooked as you can see in the daylight photo! I'm thinking I'll leave this up right thru October because it would be nice for Thanksgiving as well, don't you think??
Edited to add: That crooked photo was really bugging me so I just went out and took another one. Here it is not leaning!!