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How to Build a Pumpkin Totem
Pumpkin totems are a little art and a little engineering. You need some of both to make them work, but the engineering is definitely important. The main reason for this is that pumpkins do not naturally stack one on top of the other and they are really heavy, so you need a structure, albeit simple, to keep them standing. We recommend something strong, such as half-inch rebar. You've probably never used rebar before, but it is readily available and inexpensive. We recommend buying a piece at least 10 feet long so you can deeply embed it in the ground and still have plenty of space above ground for your pumpkin totem.
Now it is time to organize your pumpkins. We laid ours out on the ground near our rebar support and chose their order based on size and color. It's wise to place the larger pumpkins closer to the ground, although it can be a nice effect to vary the colors, sizes and shapes as you go from bottom to top.
Get the Drill and Step Ladder
Next, someone needs to climb a step ladder next to the rebar and slide the pumpkin over the top of the rebar. Someone on the ground below will need to guide the pumpkin down to the ground so it doesn't get damaged. Now that you've done the first pumpkin the rest is easy: drill and slide, drill and slide. Before long, given the size of pumpkins, you'll be at the top (ours was about 8′ tall)!
How to Keep it Standing Tall