When I started talking to my husband about decorating for fall, he had one request: hay bales. I looked at him and said, well, if we have hay bales then we’ll need pumpkins to go with it. He let me run with this idea and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.
Keep reading for how I styled this cute mini pumpkin patch, and watch the full video below.
Our house doesn’t have much of a front porch area so I decided that the perfect spot for this mini pumpkin patch would be the front mulch beds. It’s far enough away from the grass that it won’t interfere with the lawn being mowed and, with the way our house is positioned, it’s the ideal spot for a seasonal display.
With this idea in my mind, I headed to the stores. I had seen these gorgeous heirloom pumpkins at Lowes and Home Depot and that was the style of pumpkins I wanted for this mini pumpkin patch display. I wanted variety and texture and dimension and heirloom pumpkins were the best choice.
If you’re not familiar with heirloom pumpkins, I feel like they’ve gained a TON of popularity the last couple years. Heirloom pumpkins are not the traditional orange pumpkins that you carve, although they do come in orange and you can definitely still carve them if you like. Heirloom pumpkins are often more muted in color, and many times they have more unique shapes. I think these pumpkins are elegant and different and bring a little something extra with their uniqueness.
I picked up a few in various colors and sizes from a few local pumpkin patches in the area. You’re also likely to find some at local stores that sell pumpkins this time of year like Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart, and your local grocery store.
I also purchased a spray can of clear wax. To prolong the life of the pumpkins in this 90+ degree Florida heat, I sprayed the wax on each of the pumpkins to seal them.
I knew I wanted to create some height in my display, so I bought a few larger hay bales from Tractor Supply (these were the base of my display), and then I found a few smaller rectangle hay bales at Walmart. Other craft stores like Michaels, Joann Fabrics, and Hobby Lobby will likely have them as well.
After putting a couple of coats of the spray wax on the pumpkins and making sure it was dry, it was time to assemble. I put the two larger hay bales in the center to anchor my display. I kept the plastic that was fastened around the sides of the pumpkin, and I recommend you keep this on too. These hay bales were quite large and I didn’t want to risk the bale falling apart.
Next, I put a medium rectangle in front of the larger one and I put a smaller hay bale on top. Then it was try and error in placing the pumpkins. Think of it like styling shelves on some built-ins. I placed a few of the larger pumpkins first to ask as my base and placed them so that there was a variety of colors and sizes amongst the hay bales. I stacked a couple to create dimension and lastly, I inserted some baby pumpkins to make the display appear bountiful.
And I LOVED the way it turned out! It was exactly what I had set out to accomplish. It was an easy, fast, and inexpensive way to create some interest in our yard for Fall.
Check out the full video below. If you recreate this display, take a photo and comment and let me know how it turned out!
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