Fall to Halloween: Transform Your Porch With Festive Pumpkin Planters

Alicia W
by Alicia W
5 Materials
1 Hour

When those spooky vibes start filling the air and pumpkins pop up everywhere, you know it's time for some serious fun.

But hold up, what if I told you there's a ridiculously easy and pocket-friendly way to not only embrace the fall spirit but also transform your porch into a Halloween wonderland?

Get ready to dive into the world of Festive Pumpkin Planters – the ultimate trick to decking out your porch with a touch of Halloween magic that also carries the essence of the fall season.

Head to Walmart and grab some plastic pumpkin

1. Purchase Pumpkins

Run, do not walk, to Walmart where plastic pumpkin pails are only $1.00 while supplies last.

For one planter, purchase 5 pumpkins.


2. Rebar Placement

Purchase 4' rebar rods and place them into a pot (yellow circles). Secure with stones and soil.

I made two planters so I purchased 2 rebar rods and 10 pumpkins.

Cut off the handles of a plastic pumpkin pail

3. Cut the Handles

We don't need the handles so cut them off with scissors (yellow circle)

Drill a hole in the bottom of a plastic pumpkin pail

4. Drill Holes

Drill holes in the bottom of each pumpkin, big enough to fit onto the rebar rod.

A plastic pumpkin pail placed on a rebar rod in a pot

5. Slide on the Pumpkins

Slide the first pumpkin onto the rebar and place it in the pot.

Soil being poured into a plastic pumpkin pail

6. Fill with Soil

Fill the pumpkins and pots with soil.

Planting vibrant mums

7. Plant Flowers

I chose to plant mums, at this time of year, they are on sale.


8. Continue Planting

A - Slide the next pumpkin onto the rebar and tip it to the left. Add soil and a plant

B - Slide the next pumpkin onto the rebar and tip it to the right. Add soil and a plant

C - Slide the next pumpkin onto the rebar and tip it to the left. Add soil and a plant

D - Slide the next pumpkin onto the rebar and tip it to the right. Add soil and a plant

Decorated porch with pumpkin planters, fall mat, and wreath

Festive Pumpkin Planters Tutorial

If you turn the pumpkins around (so the faces are towards your house), add a festive fall mat and a wreath, you're ready for Autumn.


Spooky porch: Halloween decor

Once Halloween rolls around, just turn the pumpkins so the faces are towards the street, put out a fun Halloween mat and you're ready for trick or treaters!!

Simple, fun, and oh-so-spooky, these planters are your ticket to porch perfection this Halloween and throughout the autumn season.

DIY Halloween Decorations

Be sure to check out our guides on Halloween Ideas for Your Front Porch or DIY Pumpkin Decor Ideas for more spooktacular projects.

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  • Lynn Lynn on Sep 02, 2020

    What was the other stick on pot when you first starred?

  • Teri Teri on Aug 14, 2022

    I have extremely tiny ants on my kitchen counter, how can I safely get rid of them. They are not like the normal sized black ant. I have granite counter tops.

  • Pam4393438 Pam4393438 on Aug 14, 2022

    Rebar is kind of expensive. Any thoughts on alternative bars? Would wood dowels work?

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  • Sharon Sharon on Sep 03, 2023

    Dollar Tree does not have them here, either and I've never heard of Five Below( except as a temperature. lol) Amazon has a lot of small ones (3 inch) but they want $11 to $17 for one 8 inch one, and Walmart on line is almost as bad. They have the ones shaped like a bucket, but I don't think those would work. I'm really disappointed because I like the topiary very much.

  • Donna Venuti Tufano Donna Venuti Tufano on Sep 23, 2023

    Got the pumpkins at Walmart for $1.98 each