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Straw Tote Bag Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Planter

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I spotted this old orange straw tote bag at the thrift store and had a "near-craft experience"...because I knew immediately what I would do with it. A jack-o-lantern planter, of course!
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Time: 30 Minutes Cost: $5 Difficulty: Easy
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What do you see when you look at this faded orange and black straw tote bag? Because I saw the beginnings of a jack-o-lantern face! The buckles are eyes...and the handle could be a mouth...hmmm....
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With a jack-o-lantern in mind, I first removed the handles and buckles by cutting the threads that attached to the straw. Then I gave the bag a quick wipe down to remove the dust.
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And then I gave it a fun jack-o-lantern face! Click here to see how I did it with my super simple trick!
Isn't he cute?? Once the Halloween-ification repurpose was completed, I couldn't wait to...
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Fill him with flowers!! I added a little extra weight to the bottom of the tote bag first (head over to the blog for details) and then I set a pot of mums inside. Now I just need a few fun pumpkins to finish up my autumn / fall / Halloween porch display!
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Want to re-create this yourself but can't find an orange straw tote? Grab a plain/natural colored one and hit with some orange spray paint! Just make sure to add a coat of sealant before setting it outside.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Tote bag   (Thrift store)
  • Mums   (Nursery/Home Store)

To see more: http://www.sadieseasongoods.com/straw-tote-pumpkin-planter/

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