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Pumpkin Pail Topiary Tutorial

About 2 weeks ago, Twin was looking in some Halloween forums for a craft/DIY we could do for cheap when she came across a picture of a pumpkin pail tower made to look like a pirate. So I tracked down the website and found the original tutorial on Distress to Impress. But we're not major pirate fans here in the house so we thought a Witch pumpkin tower would look great!

Here is what you'll need:

  • (4) orange plastic pumpkin pails ($1 each at Walmart)
  • (2) Creepy Cloth bundles ($1 each at Dollar Tree)
  • 1 children's witch hat ($1.97 at Walmart)
  • Glue (We used Tacky Glue since we already had it. Though I am sure that a hot glue gun or Gorilla Glue will work just as well.)
  • Scissors
Total (if you have the glue): $8

Here is what you need to do:
  1. Cut the plastic handles off all of the pails. Discard the handles or keep them for a future craft project.
  2. Put one of the pails on the floor in the position you want it. Take your choice of glue, and put in on the bottom of another pail. Place the pail you just glued on the top of the bottom pail. Let the glue dry before moving on. Side note: If you are using a hot glue gun, you won't have to wait as long for the glue to dry. If you're using Gorilla Glue, you might have to wait longer.
  3. Put glue on the bottom of the 3rd pumpkin pail and place it on the 2nd pumpkin. Let the glue dry. Put glue on the bottom of the final pumpkin and place it on the 3rd pumpkin. 
  4. Glue the witch hat to the top pumpkin. The cut the Creepy Cloth into strips. Wrap the Creepy Cloth around the pail seams and tie a knot. Spookify until you're content!
You can use any extra Creepy Cloth to use around your home at Halloween, for a shawl for your witch, or what we eventually ended up doing, using it as a veil for our witch. Once all the glue is dry, you have yourself a neat plastic pumpkin pail tower! 

We're thinking of making another one, but we're not sure what character this one should be. Any ideas? Oh, and by the way, there are NO lights in the pumpkins. That is the evening sun filtering through them. Pretty neat, huh?


  1. This is a really neat and cheap idea - thanks.

  2. I can't believe it's pumpkin season again! Time goes so fast.


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