Festive Pumpkin Planters

5 Materials
1 Hour

What says fall more than pumpkins? Here is a super easy and inexpensive way to dress up your porch for fall.

Step 1: Get pumpkins

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

For one planter, purchase 5 pumpkins.

Step 2: Rebar

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.

Step 3: Cut the Handles

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

Step 4: Drill holes

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

Step 5: Slide the pumpkin

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

Step 6: Fill with Soil

Fill the pumpkin with soil

Step 7: Plant a flower

I chose mums to plant in my pumpkins. At this time of year, mums are on sale.

Step 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 reba 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

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.


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!!

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  • S B S B on Aug 22, 2020

    What size are the pumpkins?

    I only see Amazon Mini pumpkins sold in pack of 10 but too small Please help I really like your creativity and anxious to try.

  • Beth Eisenman-Obenreder Beth Eisenman-Obenreder on Aug 28, 2020

    String lights or a spotlight at the bottom shining up at night would be cool!

  • Lynn Lynn on Sep 02, 2020

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


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  • Julie Julie on Oct 03, 2021

    I really like this idea and want to do it but the only plastic jack pails I can find are neon pink! 🙄

    So add another couple steps to cover with primer and then orange paint, covering the black eyes & mouth… starts to become a real project with 10 pails! Maybe I’ll have them done by next Fall! 🙁

  • Imt16226751 Imt16226751 on Oct 11, 2021

    I had a hard time finding pumpkins also. Every time I went to Walmart the bin they usually have every year wasn’t there. And then it was and the pumpkins were gone even the blue and pink ones. So I was blaming the lack of pumpkins to A- Everyone wants to make this project or B- COVID. But to my surprise I went Yesterday (I go every week) and I found some but they weren’t in the bins, they were on the shelves and 1.24.