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.

By BH&G Holiday Editors
Updated July 09, 2019

A pumpkin filled with the season's prettiest blooms is our favorite way to greet fall. Add this long-lasting decorated pumpkin to your front porch display. It's quick, easy, and sure to wow. We'll show you how to make your own pumpkin planter in just three simple steps.

How to Make a Pumpkin Planter

Supplies Needed

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

Step-by-Step Directions

With a few supplies and these how-to instructions, you can create your own fall pumpkin decoration. Fill your pumpkin craft with your favorite fresh or dried flowers.

Step 1: Prepare Your Pumpkin

Prepare the pumpkin by gently cutting a generous top opening. We found it was easiest to use a sawing motion to cut the top off the pumpkin. If using a fresh pumpkin, hollow out the center.  Use a drill to create a small drainage hole. Cover with a light layer of pea gravel or rocks.

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. We chose small flowers and greenery like lamb's ear but you could fill your planter with fresh herbs or dried flowers.

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. Get our helpful tips for making your pumpkin last longer. 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 on your front porch with in-season decor such as pumpkins, small gourds, and even hay bales.

Comments (1)

September 27, 2018
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.