If you don't have a yard or don't want to make a large totem pole, you can simply follow these instructions with smaller pumpkins to create a centerpiece. There are endless options for pumpkin totem poles. You can use different pumpkin sizes to achieve a stacking effect (large pumpkins on the bottom, small pumpkins on top). You can paint the pumpkins, in addition to or instead of, carving a design. You can even "accessorize" your totem pole with hats, scarves, or any other object. Most importantly, be creative and have fun!
Note: Steps 2-9 will be repeated for each pumpkin.
Approximate Cost of Materials: $35-40
Estimated Completion Time: 2 hours or less
• 5 or more pumpkins
• Pumpkin carving knife or serrated carving knife
• 3 five-foot wooden stakes
• Outdoor Christmas lights (clear or multicolored)
• Tape measure (or a ruler)
• Extension cord
• Permanent marker
• Garbage can
• Large spoon
For pumpkin design ideas, visit the following link:
Pumpkin Carving Patterns and Stencils
Step 1: Cover Work Area
Step 3: Measure & Draw Lines
Note: After constructing our pumpkin totem pole, we found that 3-1/2 inch lines on the pumpkins would create a more stable totem pole (instead of the original 5 inch lines). Be sure to match the measurements made in this step to the measurements made in step 12.