Fall is pumpkin time and what better way to decorate your yard or front porch than with a pumpkin planter filled with plants or colorful annuals? Plus, a Halloween pumpkin planter is a fun way to welcome trick-or-treaters. This guide shows you how to repurpose a pumpkin into an attractive pumpkin planter that can be filled with your favorite plants or flowers.
Tip: Consider spreading newspaper over your cutting surface for quick cleanup.
Cut a Hole in the Pumpkin
Place a the pot upside down over the stem end of the pumpkin. Use a marker or pen to trace around it. Carefully cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin that is slightly smaller than the diameter of the pot.
Scoop out the inside of the pumpkin. The better you clean the pumpkin, the longer it will last. Also cut one or two small holes in the bottom of the pumpkin, so water can drain when you water your plants. You may want to put a saucer under it to catch the excess.
Tip: Save the pumpkin seeds to roast and eat. Or toss them out for wildlife.
Place Plant in DIY Pumpkin Planter
Put the pot into the pumpkin to make sure it fits snugly. If it’s too big, trim the opening a little more. If the pot is too small and drops too far down inside the pumpkin, make it sit higher. Place crumpled newspaper or foil (or another planter turned upside down) in the bottom of the pumpkin. Put the pot on top and adjust the filler until you're happy with the height.
Next, take the pot out of the pumpkin, then plant the pot with your greenery or flowering plants. Gently push the soil around the roots and water thoroughly to eliminate any air pockets. Put the pot back in the pumpkin. Let any vines or stems trail over the sides. Add floral picks or other decorations if desired.
Pumpkin Planter Tips
Display the pumpkin as the focal point on a porch with more pumpkins and plants in containers.
Keep flowering plants deadheaded to encourage more blooms. Water regularly. When the pumpkin is finished, transplant the flowers to your garden or another container.
Before you add your plants, prevent the pumpkin from molding with a bleach or peppermint oil and water solution. Mix a tablespoon of one or the other in a quart of water. Spray the interior and any cut surfaces and let dry.
Keep the pumpkin from drying out too quickly by applying hairspray or petroleum jelly to any cut surfaces before adding your pot.
At the end of the season, toss your pumpkin into the compost pile and transplant any plants into a garden bed or planter.
More Fall Front Porch Decor Ideas
Make a spooky Halloween planter. Pick up a can of chalkboard spray paint and blacken a pumpkin. Pull out white paint pens and decorate with creepy and clever creations.
Use a pumpkin planter as a house number or seasonal saying. Paint a pumpkin with black or white paint, then finish with a stencil.
A pumpkin planter is great for Thanksgiving. Switch out annuals with colorful leaves or plants in autumn colors.
The Home Depot has a wide variety of annuals and other plants for your pumpkin planter. Or, if you're looking for a particular tool or material to complete your project, check out The Home Depot Mobile App. If you find something you like, place an online order to get items when and where you need them.