Fall Pumpkin Planter

by Destri on September 27, 2010

I saw this idea for a pumpkin planter in a magazine years ago and then when I moved to the south it seemed everyone had some flowers planted in a pumpkin on their porch.  Such a great idea, and super easy.  It took me about thirty minutes with a little “help” from my 22 month old.  To bad I had to move, but they look pretty cute on my sisters front porch.  I will have to make a new one, and since I will be in the south again I should have a few more options for planting.  Here is how to do it:

How To Make A Pumpkin Planter


  • flowers that will hold up to the fall temperatures in your area (if you are unsure ask a local nursery)
  • pumpkin large enough for the flowers
  • knife for carving
  • soil for planters

Cut a hole around the stem of the pumpkin large enough for the flowers to easily be put inside.  Clean out the pumpkin, and save the seeds, cause they’re yummy.  Next, I used wooden skewers to punch a few holes into the bottom of the pumpkin.  You could also cut a small hole into the bottom with a knife.  Put a little soil into the bottom of the pumpkin and then carefully put the flowers in.  Water and make sure it is draining well.  All done!

I have no idea how long the planter would last, but I am sure it would last longer if not placed in direct sunlight.

I think it would look great on a garden urn with some other cold hardy plants too, or hanging with wire, or even make a great center piece for Thanksgiving don’t you think?  Maybe a monogram on the pumpkin?  Lots and lots of possibilities!

With the move I feel a little left out on the Halloween front, but I think I will still have plenty of time to do a little decorating.  My neighborhood is awesome at Halloween so I can’t wait!  I will have to share a few of my last minute quick and easy ideas.  Do you have any for me?  Links welcome!

Linked to Craftaholics Anonymous Fall Frenzy Party.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

HippyMom September 27, 2010 at 5:19 am

Totally cute! Thank you :)


Destri September 27, 2010 at 6:42 am

Thanks! I want to put them in something next time!


vonnie September 27, 2010 at 5:27 am

ok, I got the pumpkin, now I need a flower.
Why can’t you plant the whole thing in the ground when your done with it? I would think that it would be great compost for the dirt.????????????
I love this and can’t wait to pick a flower.


Destri September 27, 2010 at 6:42 am

I think that is an awesome idea, can’t wait to see yours, you have a way with flowers ;)


Michelle September 27, 2010 at 6:01 am

How pretty. Here’s another idea for a big pumpkin. For both my babes first Halloweens, I hollowed out the biggest pumpkins I could find, then sat them each in it to take Fall photos. Goofy and silly, but so darn sweet.


Destri September 27, 2010 at 6:39 am

We did that last year! I wish I would have taken the pictures outside that would have been fun.
and yes you are right so sweet. I was just trying to round up some photos for Halloween to display and I had forgotten about those so thank you!


Raejean September 27, 2010 at 6:01 am

That is so cute. Unfortunately in Arizona, it would maybe last a day. We learned to carve our pumpkins no sooner than Halloween eve – and keep them inside until the big night.


Destri September 27, 2010 at 6:41 am

I am worried about this too, it is going to be in the nineties in Utah this week, crazy! Breaking all sorts of records. In Arkansas, it will no doubt be too hot so I think I will wait till closer to Thanksgiving.


Sarah September 27, 2010 at 5:41 pm

I did this one year as a centerpiece for our flowers – I found a cute tall skinny one that didn’t overpower our little table. I love the look of flowers in a pumpkin. so fall.


Vanessa September 27, 2010 at 7:32 pm

I love this! I can’t believe that I haven’t done this yet-tomorrow for sure! Thanks for sharing!


jen September 30, 2010 at 1:00 pm

My 3 year old daughter and I did this today. Such a great idea! We live in the Dallas, TX area and oddly enough the pumpkins do not rot out as fast as one might think. I’ve left carved jack-o-lanterns on my porch for up to a month before the smell caught me coming out of my door one day. Such a fun idea!


Destri September 30, 2010 at 6:26 pm

I am so glad you told me that, because I am going from a dry environment to a moist like Dallas and I have wondered how that would go, thank you!


somedaycrafts October 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Darling idea! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com!


Veronica October 2, 2010 at 12:31 am

What a great idea, thank’s for sharing! Can’t wait to make some! But I think I better wait..here in Nevada is still too hot!


Jolene Green October 2, 2010 at 2:04 am

GREAT IDEA! This would definatley work in NY! :) THANKS


katie butkus October 2, 2010 at 6:21 pm

ahhhmazin idea. so pretty too. I can’t wait to share this on my blog!


fa November 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm

thank you


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