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 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
- Faux or real pumpkin
- Small rocks
- Potting soil
- Assorted seasonal plants
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.