Make a Pumpkin Planter

Spruce up your fall front porch with a gorgeous pumpkin planter. This easy pumpkin decorating idea starts with a variety of plants and flowers. Customize your planter to fit your fall decorating scheme and you'll have a beautiful display all season long.

A pumpkin filled with the season's prettiest blooms is our favorite way to greet fall. Add this decorated pumpkin to your front porch display. It's quick, easy, and sure to wow. Plus, we're sharing more fall front porch inspiration. 

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What You'll Need

  • Faux or real pumpkin
  • Small rocks
  • Potting soil
  • Assorted seasonal plants

Step 1: Prepare Your Pumpkin

Prepare the pumpkin by cutting a generous top opening, hollowing the orb (if using a real pumpkin),  and drilling a drainage hole. Cover with a light layer of rocks.  

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Step 2: Fill With Dirt

Half-fill the pumpkin with a potting mix made for use in container gardens (don't use garden soil). Do not overfill your pumpkin, you want to make sure you have plenty of room to add your plants. 

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Step 3: Add Plants

Add plants, then water thoroughly. Be sure not to over-water your pumpkin container. Excess moisture will cause the pumpkin to deteriorate. Choose a variety of plants that work well together including flowers, ornamental grasses, and herbs. Try experimenting with different plant combinations. 

Once your planter is complete, display it with in-season decor such as pumpkins, gourds, and even hay bales. 

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1 Comment

  1. I made 4 of these last week. They are fun and pretty. However, the pumpkins began rotting by the 4th day. By the 6th day they stunk and the little black flies were everywhere. today they went out in my yard and garden pickup bin. If I do it again, it will be with artificial pumpkins.

    1. Instead of planting in it - place a plastic vase inside the pumpkin and fill with fresh cut Fall flowers.

    2. I was thinking that would happen - I think I'll use a plastic pumkin

    3. My experience exactly. Of course that might have something to do with me being in Florida!

    4. great to know!!

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