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How To Make a Pumpkin Planter

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I’m excited to share with you how to make a pumpkin planter. If you only have 10 minutes to spare for decoration, then this is perfect for you! Get ready for a quick and effortless fall decorating idea that only requires a pumpkin, a knife, and a plant. Trust me, it’s as easy as pie!

Whether you are using a real pumpkin or a plastic pumpkin, this Fall planter idea is a great way to decorate outdoors for Fall.

DIY Fall Pumpkin Planter

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DIY Fall Pumpkin Planter

Step 1: Remove the stem from the pumpkin

Insert the tip of the knife into the stem at an angle and press down lightly to make a cut. Gently carve around the stem away in a circular motion. Twist and remove the stem from your pumpkin.

DIY Fall Pumpkin Planter 10 minute decorating idea

Step 2: Clean out the pumpkin

To clean out the guts of a pumpkin, use a spoon or your hands to scoop out all of the stringy insides from the pumpkin.

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Step 3: Wash, Dry and Spray Inside Of Pumpkin

If you don’t wash, dry and spray the inside of a pumpkin with a pumpkin spray or give it a bleach bath, the pumpkin will begin to rot due to mold, bacteria, and other organisms growing on its surface. Over time, these microorganisms will break down the tough outer skin of the pumpkin and cause it to become mushy and slimy. Eventually, the entire pumpkin will become blackened and smelly as it decays.

Step 4: Place Mum plant inside pumpkin

There are two options for planting the mum: either add soil to the pumpkin and place the mum directly inside, or, like I did, simply place the plastic planter inside.

DIY Fall Pumpkin Planter 10 minute decorating idea

I also cut holes in the bottom of the pumpkin for drainage.

DIY Fall Pumpkin Planter 10 minute decorating idea

A carved pumpkin planter can typically last for about 3 to 4 weeks before it begins to rot. However, it’s important to monitor its condition, as once decay sets in, the pumpkin can become a breeding ground for bugs and mold. To prolong the lifespan of your pumpkin, consider storing it in a cool and dry location. Alternatively, you can try utilizing a bleach bath or pumpkin spray to help preserve its freshness.

DIY Fall Pumpkin Planter 10 minute decorating idea

More Fall Wreath Ideas & Decor You Will Love

Making a fall planter with a carved pumpkin is a great way to add some seasonal decor to your home. By following these simple steps of carving and planting the mums, you’ll be able to create a beautiful and unique planter in no time!

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  1. Yes! I love this. Naked plastic pots drive me bananas. Now, when I drive around my town and see everyone beautifully covering their pots with pumpkins, I will have you to thank. 😉

    Love this idea!

    xo Michael

    1. Stacy I almost did the studded pumpkin idea today but I couldn’t find the brass head tacks yesterday!!! 🙂

  2. Jess,

    Love this idea. 🙂 And the expressions on your faces are priceless. 🙂

    Happy day to you rock star!

  3. Totally a “why didn’t I think of that” moment! Love it! Can’t wait to see the rest!

  4. Jessica, I love this! I actually think this is one DIY even I can do! Love the expression on your son’s face as he cleans out the pumpkin….priceless! Thanks for sharing!

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