Saturday, October 22, 2011

Halloween front porch

I know I’m very late on decorating my front porch for Halloween, but better late than never right?  As soon as I got these metal urns back in the summer at a yard sale, I’ve been thinking of pumpkin topiaries.  I got some faux pumpkins at Michael’s last year after Halloween for around $2 each.  I scored!  Now they are at least $12 at “50” off!  I’ll wait until after the holidays to grab some more this year in the $2 range; thank you very much! 

So, I searched Pinterest and several websites to find out the best method for securing the pumpkins for a topiary.  Most said use wooden dowel.  I used one and poked holes through my pumpkins to attach them.  Since I am such a frugal gal, I didn’t want to poke a very obvious hole in the side or top of the pumpkins.  I made a hole just beside the stems.  This works as far as being able to use my pumpkins again, but the result is that my topiaries are a little lop-sided!  Oh. well…. no big deal…

We like “kooky not spooky” around here, so I came up with a simple way to dress up my topiaries and make them unique without being scary.

I just used black vinyl and my BFF, my Silhouette.  I cut out a black cat shape and had him facing one of the columns on my front porch.  Then I cut out a bunch of little black mice who seem to be scurrying around the column and away from the cat.  On the other side of the porch, I used black vinyl again to cut out a spider web.  Then a whole host of spiders are making their way from the web up my front columns. 
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We don’t do cats at our house; my hubby is allergic.  We don’t do mice – yuck!  We try not to do spider webs : ), and  spiders are definitely not welcome.  So, all of these creepy crawlies can stay outside on the front porch (at least for 9 more days).

Happy last minute decorating.

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Linda@Coastal Charm

Your display looks great and I love how thrifty you were with it!!!


Cathy @My 1929 Charmer

This is beyond cute. How creative and thrifty of you! I wonder if you would post this at my Sunday's Best Party open at 2:00 Sunday! Sure hope you will, too cute not to share!


Wow, you are amazing! I think this is the absolute cutest front door display! So creative, and just plain adorable! Thanks for sharing @ Show & Share. Happy to have you!


I love, love, love the topiaries!!! They turned out great!!


What a great idea! You created an awesome display there :) I don't think it matters if your pumpkins are a little wonky, it looks more like they're stacked that way :)


I love it. They look great and I like the kookiness of the pumpkins. Did you paint the black one or but it that way?

Great job!!


I seriously may have to get a Silhouette! You sold it!!! Your front porch is one of my favorite I've seen all October ~ worth the wait!!! I'm glad you stopped by and introduced yourself the other day!!! I'm your newest "follower"!!!

Aimee @ ItsOverflowing

Jenn "Rook No. 17"

Hi Kim,

Your link-up at Flamingo Toes caught my eye, and I had to come by to check it out. I love the way you tied the theme of your topiaries in to the vinyl on your columns. So beautifully done!

Jenn/Rook No. 17


Augh! I love the pumpkin topiaries! The vinyl is such a wonderful touch! It all looks fantastic!

Vanessa at Rescued Goods

very cute!


Hey! Just wanted to let you know that I featured this today from the Show & Share link party! Congrats! Grab a button if you'd like!


So cute! I love the mice decals! ~Andrea

Holly Lefevre

That looks fantastic! We don;t do anyone of those creatures (including cats) either but they look great on pumpkins and love them crawling up the columns~

Ty and Whitty

wow your porch is beautiful! I love the pumpkins. Thank you so much for sharing and linking up to our party Show and Share. Make sure to come back this week and link up your latest projects. We would love to see them.

A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW

Kara @ June & Bear

It looks so great. Love every detail. I always wait to get my pumpkins after the holiday too---sooo much cheaper.

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin

How cute is that! Fantastic job! Don't feel bad about being late for decorating. I didn't even decorate and I doubt I'll get around to it. lol. Thank you for the visit and the sweet comment @TheDedicatedHouse. It means the world! Hope you have a grand day. Toodles, Kathryn


Your topiaries are gorgeous! You were kind enough to leave me a comment and now I am clicking over to check you out. Some cute stuff!


I love the spiders crawling up the pole! Such a cute porch:) Thank so much for linking up at Pocket Full of Pink.