It’s once again that wonderful time of year when we pack away all things Halloween, and immediately begin arguing over the timeline for Holiday decor. Feel free to debate the matter among yourselves. All I can say for sure is that it is certainly time for some Thanksgiving decorating, and there’s few things I love better than a fall pumpkin display.

Think it’s too late for pumpkins and mums? Surprisingly not. Many local nurseries still have overstock of pansies, mums, and even pumpkins left, with the added bonus of deep discounts. Now is the perfect time to do a little searching and grab a few plants at a bargain price. And remember those great fabric pumpkins from Halloween? Re-purpose them by soaking in water for a few minutes and peeling away the fabric.

This year, I went a little crazy with the pumpkin stacks, but loved the way it turned out. I added ribbon and moss to break it up and tucked in a few mums for color. I also stuck to a simple color palate, but feel free to make it as bright as you like. There’s no need to do anything as big as this, it works on whatever scale you’re comfortable with, even a few pumpkins and a mum or two can be surprisingly effective. Here’s a few tips to get you started:

Moss and ribbon add interest, and balance (literally) to your pumpkin stacks. Try tucking a few strands of ribbon under your pumpkins to help add stability and keep your pumpkins from toppling. Moss works great for this too. But keep in mind, dyed moss will fade in the sun.
Moss and ribbon add interest, and balance (literally) to your pumpkin stacks. Try tucking a few strands of ribbon under your pumpkins to help add stability and keep your pumpkins from toppling. Moss works great for this too. But keep in mind, dyed moss will fade in the sun.
Pumpkin stacks are a great way to add height to your displays. Try to choose pumpkins with a flatter shape, and always try stacking them at the nursery before you purchase. You'd hate to drag all those pumpkins home, only to find they don't really work.
Pumpkin stacks are a great way to add height to your displays. Try to choose pumpkins with a flatter shape, and always try stacking them at the nursery before you purchase. You’d hate to drag all those pumpkins home, only to find they don’t really work.
If you're unsure about color, pick a few pumpkins in various shades of the same basic color. A monochromatic theme always looks elegant, especially when paired with a brighter color (like the purple mums)
If you’re unsure about color, pick a few pumpkins in various shades of the same basic color. A monochromatic theme always looks elegant, especially when paired with a brighter color (like the purple mums)
If you have a large space to fill, go for size over quantity. A few larger pieces look less cluttered, and are generally more cost effective than multiple small items.
If you have a large space to fill, go for size over quantity. A few larger pieces look less cluttered, and are generally more cost effective than multiple small items.
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Fall doesn’t always mean red and yellow. Try an unconventional color for something different. I loved how these purple mums looked with the blue and orange pumpkins.
After you've placed all your pumpkins and mums, string a bit of ribbon throughout to tie it all together. I tied a few bows and left long "tails" on the ends to wind through the whole display.
After you’ve placed all your pumpkins and mums, string a bit of ribbon throughout to tie it all together. I tied a few bows and left long “tails” on the ends to wind through the whole display.

 

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