DIY Pumpkin Topiary Tutorial: Easy Fall Decor
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DIY Pumpkin Topiary

White baby “boo” pumpkins (even their name is so cute) have become all the rage over the last few years. Especially since everyone has clued into the joy of decorating with neutrals plus they also go so well with the very popular farmhouse craze. I’ve been in love with them for years and as soon as they appear in stores, I buy up at least a dozen to spread around my apartment for fall. This year I had one sitting next to one of my terra cotta pots that had a dying plant in it (a green thumb I do not have) and I thought, that pumpkin would look cute sitting on that pot. And my little pumpkin topiaries were born. I at first called them “pumpkin moss pots” but then someone on Instagram saw my picture and called it a topiary and I was like—that is totally what it is.

I love how rustic, yet modern these feel. I think it’s a combination of the aged terra cotta pot, the bright green moss and the stark white pumpkin. And they are as easy as 1, 2, 3 to make! In fact, I made my first Instagram Story videos documenting the process and it literally only took three 10-second videos to show the process.

DIY Pumpkin Topiary via Tonality Designs


  • Terra Cotta Pot (I used a 5.5″ tall, 4.5″ diameter pot I aged from Michaels, find in store or online here)
  • Filler (I used plastic grocery bags, but you could use paper or dirt)
  • Moss (Available at most craft stores)
  • Baby Boo Pumpkin


DIY Pumpkin Topiary via Tonality Designs

Step 1: Pick your pot and fill it with whatever filler you chose. Plastic grocery bags work great. Leave a little less than 1 inch on the top. As for your pot, if you want to get this same aged terra cotta pot, there is a process you can do using lime powder (here’s a great tutorial on Martha Stewart) OR I just discovered one using baking powder via The Curtis Casa. I’ve never tried that one, but the results look good on her blog. And everyone should have baking powder on hand!

DIY Pumpkin Topiary via Tonality Designs

Step 2: Add a layer of moss for your pumpkin to sit on. I used a bright green moss because I like the contrast that it creates, yet you could use whatever variety speaks to you.

DIY Pumpkin Topiary via Tonality Designs

Step 3: Place your pumpkin on top. Could this be any easier? Or cuter? I think not, if I do say so myself.

DIY Pumpkin Topiary via Tonality Designs

They look great alone or grouped together.

DIY Pumpkin Topiary via Tonality Designs

They look cute with a spooky twist too! Have fun with it!

I hope you’ve been inspired to try something new with your baby boos this year!

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