Monday, September 16, 2013

A Pumpkin Tower & Giveaway!

Fall in Michigan is officially upon us. It is time to take down the summer colors and embrace the reds, oranges, yellows, and whites of fall. Plus, you know...crazy things happen in Michigan in the fall. Like, for example, all of your plants dying.


So when I was approached by Coupons.com asking if I wanted to be a part of a fall craft blogging extravaganza you bet your buttons I jumped on the opportunity.  Coupons.com is a great and easy way to save money on anything from your groceries to your latest DIY project, so with them on my side I knew I'd be able to spiff up my front porch just in time for some mulled apple cider.

Now, before I could get to the fun, crafting part of the project, I needed to remove the dead summer plants from my pot.


First I grabbed onto my plants by their root bases to pull them up out of the pot (with my land waste bag already at the go next to me). I left my soil saving bottles in the pot still and simply added a new paper bag. I scored these mums (because, hello fall!) at the local grocery store for $7 a piece (using my awesome coupons.com coupons) I removed them from their pots and roughed up the roots a little bit before putting them in my pot with additional potting soil. A quick drink of water and a wreath on the door later, and my porch already looked infinitely more fall like.


Did I stop there? Of course not. I felt like it was missing height. And with a $100 gift card from Coupons.com I took my craft to the next level. I had seen the idea of a pumpkin tower from Better Homes and Gardens and wanted to do something similar.

I ordered seven 5.5inch crafting pumpkins from Amazon to make my sign. You could totally make this with real pumpkins, but I wanted to be able to store the sign and use it again next year.

To make this sign, I needed the following:

  • 7 crafting pumpkins
  • 1 Sharpie Paint pen
  • 2 3/8'' dowel rods
  • 1 artificial vine (from your local craft store)
  • Power drill
  • Weighted container (you could do a bucket full of sand with some straw in it, or you could use a planter like I did) 
Nate and I tried several different ways to attach the pumpkins to the dowel rods, but decided the best course of action was to actually drill through the pumpkins and skewer them. Since my pumpkins were 5.5 inches each we needed two dowel rods, so one pumpkin was drilled through with the dowels meeting in the middle. The top pumpkin was only drilled half way through to act like a cap. 


I had Nate drill the holes in the pumpkins kind of randomly to make the design look more organic and less stacky-stacky. 

Once the holes were drilled, we stuck them on the dowels and into the planter. To fill up the spaces in between the pumpkins, we wrapped an artificial vine around the rods. 

Then, using my trusty sharpie paint pen, I freehanded the word "Welcome" onto the pumpkins.


I especially liked how the 'E' was nested in the mums.


I think we still need some other things around the base, like maybe our Halloween pumpkins, but I love the new fall entrance to the house.


Need some more inspiration? Well, there are eight other bloggers rocking out their fall crafts today for you to explore. 


Please take a minute to blog hop and look around at everyone's awesome ideas.



That enough inspiration for ya? Well good, because now it's your turn! What, you didn't think that Coupons.com would hook all of us up and not you, did ya?



Here's the deal. 

Who: Coupons.com is here to hook you up with all your couponing needs!
What: A $200 gift card!
Where: Sorry, this giveaway is only available to US residents
When: Entries close at 12AM on September 23 

Entries are done through the rafflecopter and the winner will be notified via email. 

Happy crafting everyone!


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18 comments:

  1. I love, love, love this. It's so cute- and really smart that you used fake pumpkins so you don't have to redo it every year!!

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    1. Thanks, Steph! I love that I can reuse it too- I'm all about holiday decorating but I like to buy different things every year!

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  2. It's absolutely gorgeous, I really like it! It makes such a statement entryway. I'm sure your neighbors are pleased!

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    1. Thanks, Ainhoa, there's an older couple that likes to take walks in our neighborhood and they stopped me yesterday to tell me it was festive. I love when people notice!

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  3. Tower of pumpkins! Fabulous! I kind of want you to go get more now and see how tall you can make it :) Dr. Seuss-like

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  4. Your freehand skills are impressive.

    I'm with Gretchen.....add more!!! ;)

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    1. Haha! Thanks- it was only after I started just going for it that Nate said, "is that the best idea..." that I got nervous. If he hadn't had said anything it wouldn't even had occurred to me!

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  5. This turned out so cool! I especially love the pumpkins that are turned on their sides.

    This also makes me yearn for mums. It's been so darn hot here that I couldn't get into it, but seeing yours and seeing the colder temps around here makes me want to go pick some up.

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    1. Mum season is coming! I felt silly buying ones that are already bloomed since I'll have to redo this before Halloween, but at least it looks cheery and festive now!

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  6. Dude. You NAILED it! Also, I never realized how gorgeous your front door is. It's seriously a beauty. Back to the pumpkin tower, totes drool worthy. Have you already gotten a zillion IRL comments on it from people coming over to your house and neighbors?

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  7. This looks so cute! We usually stack some pumpkins by the front door with our house numbers on them. I love how you incorporated yours into your planter.

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  8. Oh my gosh, super cute and I actually think I could pull that off---thanks!!! :) So glad I stumbled upon your blog on Pinterest!

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  9. Very cute! I'm impressed with your handwriting on the pumpkins. I would never be able to pull that off!

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  10. LOVE! This looks great! Great job free handing the "welcome", I could never do that. I bet this would also be cute to do for a fall wedding shower! Stopping from the Pumpkin Parade :)

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  11. so fun!!! love how it looks! we live on the top of a hill and sometimes get high winds, so i would need some HEAVY pumpkins.

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  12. How fun is that? Very unique. Thanks for linking up the Pumpkin Parade.

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