The first thing I did was to see what I could use to hold the pumpkins together, I found rebar(?) or some metal post with a pointed end in the garage...Eureka!!! It was a tall stake. Next I determined where I wanted my totem and watered the down soil so it would be soft enough to pound in my stake. I started the holes in the pumpkins with a screw driver (probably not the best solution, but it worked). Then I made sure each pumpkin fit onto the stake, pounded it DEEP into the soil and VIOLA!!! my totem. Normally I wouldn't put out such elaborate decorations but the grandkids enjoy it :-) I was going to wait until next week to make it but the weatherman is predicting cold, rain, and possible snow showers next week. :-( wahhhhh!!!!