When it’s time to decorate for fall, there’s no doubt that pumpkins are the stars of the show. However, it can be tough to find creative ways to display these seasonal staples. Rather than plopping a plain pumpkin on the doorstep (too boring), or breaking out the tools for a carving session (too messy), we’ve come up with a crafty decorating solution: the pumpkin tower! These tall stacks of colorful pumpkins have a major impact at the door or on the table, but they’re deceptively simple to make. Read on to learn how!
Pick Your Pumpkins: The first step in creating a pumpkin tower is picking the pumpkins, of course! To add lots of color and texture to your creation, we recommend selecting a variety of heirloom pumpkins. (Scroll down for a few of our favorite heirlooms.) Start by choosing at least three pumpkins to shape your stack—you can go as high as you like with additional pumpkins. When selecting the pumpkins, look for specimens with a flat shape and low-profile stem for easy stacking. It’s also important that the pumpkins are graduated in size, so they’ll create a tapered effect when stacked together. The exception is the top pumpkin, which can take nearly any shape and have a wild, curling stem if you prefer.
Start Stacking: Once you’ve picked your pumpkins, it’s time to stack them high! Start by placing the largest pumpkin on a flat, stable surface. For extra height, you might choose to rest it on top of an unused planter or a hay bale. Experiment with different stacking arrangements until you’re happy with the appearance of the tower.
Stick Together: While some pumpkin towers may be stable enough to stand on their own, most will require added support to remain upright. For small-scale pumpkins, secure the tower by adding a few dots of hot glue between each layer. For larger displays, you can insert wooden dowels or a metal post through the center of each pumpkin, extending through the entire tower. Alternately, you can use an exterior structure—like a decorative trellis left over from the summer garden—to support the tower if needed.
Add Accents: Once your stack is secure, feel free to have fun with some extra fall adornments! Try tucking tufts of moss and dried botanicals in the spaces between the pumpkins, or wrapping a strand of dainty twinkle lights around the tower for a nighttime glow.
Our Favorite Heirlooms
If you need a little guidance when picking your pumpkins, here are four heirloom varieties with exceptional color and texture.
Cinderella: A French heirloom that’s also known as Rouge vif d’Etampes, this pumpkin is a star stacker thanks to its low, flat shape and elegant, saturated orange hue.
Jarrahdale: Hailing from Australia and New Zealand, we love this heirloom variety for its unique, blue-grey rind.
Galeux d’Eysines: Another French heirloom, this pumpkin is a powerhouse when it comes to texture; its salmon-hued skin is dotted with unusual growths that look a bit like peanut shells.
Speckled Hound: This playfully named pumpkin is a wonder of fall color, with a rind that’s mottled in pale orange and frosty green.
How are you planning to decorate your home for fall? Leave us a comment and share your sweet or spooky décor ideas!
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