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How to make a pumpkin planter

This pumpkin planter will give your fall and Halloween decorations a sophisticated, stylish edge

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Pumpkin planters are a wonderful way to decorate your home in fall. Use them in groups on the porch to display autumnal floral arrangements or seasonal foliage, or indoors in entryways, on the kitchen counter or dining table. 

Pumpkin planters can, of course, be etched to have a Halloween theme, but if you want fall decor ideas that are more pretty than scary, then we have you covered.

Bloom & Wild (opens in new tab) have helped us to create a guide on how to make a pumpkin planter, below

How to create a pumpkin planter

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This pumpkin planter is perfect as one of your fall decor ideas – use it to decorate a fall mantel – or as a more sophisticated take on Halloween decorating ideas.

1. Make a hole in the top of your pumpkin

Dot a circle (7-8 inches radius) around the top of the pumpkin, not too wide that all the flowers will fall to the side, and not too narrow that they all face towards the sky! Use a knife, and safely cut out the top as if you were going to carve a pumpkin. 

If you are finding cutting into the pumpkin difficult to do – perhaps it's accuracy of shape you are struggling with or the thickness of the skin, tracing onto the pumpkin skin first with a marker, then poking a fine barbecue skewer through to the pulp every inch or so along the line will make it easier to cut. This will be a useful technique, too, if you want to carve cut out designs into your hollowed pumpkin.

2. Prep the inside of the pumpkin planter

Once the top is off, scoop out the innards with a metal spoon to make sure you get all the seeds and pulp. Once everything's been cleared out, place some wet floral foam in place of it as it should soak up any excess water, and acts both as a support to keep the flowers in place and as a preservative to keep flowers in bloom for longer.

Another option is to place a potted plant or container for water in the pumpkin planter – this can help the pumpkin planter last longer, too.

3. Add blooms to a pumpkin planter

pumpkin flower vase

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Now's the time to get the creative juices flowing and to arrange your foliage and flowers. We'd recommend a mixture of reds and pinks, colors that complement the pumpkin's orange. 

Flowers like roses, and alstroemerias can create that autumnal look, while chrysanthemums, and red hypericum berries can give you that vibrant feel.

How to make a pumpkin crown

pumpkin flower vase

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If you're feeling especially crafty, fancy making a flower crown with your pumpkin?

1. Make a mark

Instead of cutting a hole in the top of the pumpkin, with a marker pen dot the outline of your flower crown onto the pumpkin.

2. Poke holes and trim stems

Next, use a metal skewer to poke holes (about 1in deep) into the dot and then trim your stems (at an angle) so they’re about 1in long. 

3. Choose your favorite flowers

Slide your stems into place.

How long will a pumpkin planter last?

A pumpkin planter will last for up to a month if left outdoors. Indoors, in a heated room, it will last only around a week before it starts to break down.

What is the best pumpkin for a planter?

The best pumpkin for a planter is one that is rounder and flatter rather than tall – and it should have a flat bottom, too. This shaping will ensure it will stand up more reliably and will have room to take a container. If you can't find the right shaped pumpkin for a planter, uou can of course remove the bottom of the pumpkin so that the flower pot or vase of flowers sits straight onto the surface below – perhaps the porch floor or on a pretty plate if on a table.

Jennifer Ebert
Jennifer Ebert

Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.