Copper Pumpkin Planter

5 Materials
30 Minutes
Are y’all ready for a ridiculously easy fall project? Since I’m not much of a yard person (I wish I was!), I try to find and come up with ways to spruce up the outside of our home with little to know effort, so this project was right up my alley. It’ll knock your socks off at the transformation you’ll see in this tutorial—from drab to fab—this pumpkin planter adds a dash of classy spice to my front porch and I’m super excited to show this beauty off!

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I love how this little pumpkin planter looks on my front stoop with my "Welcome Y'all" sign. It's not perfect but I think overall, it came out as expected.
Supplies: -plastic pumpkin -metallic copper spray paint -drill with bit -potted plant -potting soil
STEP 1: Drill holes To those of you who have seen my Faux Galvanized Hanging Planter project, you’ll appreciate this step. First and foremost, I drilled drainage holes in the bottom of my plastic pumpkin. Because the bottom of the pumpkin seemed thicker than the rest of it, I didn’t do anything special for drilling the holes. They came out nice and clean, and didn’t crack the plastic.
STEP 2: Spray pumpkin Next, I [tried to] evenly spray the pumpkin. Unfortunately, my spray can attachment that I normally use went kaput so I tried to spray in short, even spurts. There was some running here and there but I let the first layer of spray dry completely, then added a second coat and that made most everything even out—I still had a few problematic spots but overall, I felt that the paint was pretty well coated. I also spray the black handle to the pumpkin but you can remove this if you’d rather.
STEP 3: Plant After my second coat of paint was dry, I poured in potting soil and arranged the plant I purchased. I was hoping to find mums but looked for them for a good week or two and then finally purchased a different plant—of course the day I got the plant I used, I happened to drive by Home Depot and saw that they had mums out! Oh well, I’m sure I’ll make more of these planters eventually.
Overall, even without the wonderful added touch of the mums, I was happy with how this planter came out. All I need now is to find another plastic pumpkin so I can make for my other porch—by the way, thank you to my amazing stepsister, Destiny, who sent this plastic pumpkin from North Carolina! You’re a lifesaver! I love the nice metallic copper look and how there’s a slight shimmer—another win for fall lovers like me! Side note: my plant is looking a little sad but hopefully with a little extra water, it'll perk up. ;)
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  • Carleen Bennett Carleen Bennett on Sep 04, 2017
    What was it that cost $50 for this project exactly? Because really....I'd as soon pay for a vase already made than pay $50 for this project! its beautiful, however!

  • Harriett Larsen Harriett Larsen on Sep 21, 2017
    How did you get the face on the pumpkin?

  • Patricia Keeler Patricia Keeler on Sep 23, 2017
    Did you put stones down before the soil so the plants dont get waterlogged?

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  • Joanie Joanie on Nov 25, 2018

    This is real expensive lookin'.......nice job!!

  • Paula P Paula P on Nov 04, 2019

    I did this after seeing your lovely pumpkins. My mums died within days so I used silk plants instead. They line my walkway and look great. Thank you for the idea.