Gardening in the Fall with Pumpkin Planters

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Lately I’ve been so busy decorating for Fall inside of my house that the outdoors have been completely neglected!  There are so many ways to Find beauty in the Fall but one of my favorites is by planting flowers.  Mums are a favorite of mine.  They come in so many colors and are so hearty – just perfect for Fall gardening.

I wanted a fun way to display my mums and so of course I turned to Pinterest :)  I found these purple glitter milkjug planters and I thought it could turn it to a fun Jack-O-Lanter Planter.  Of course I didn’t have a whole bunch of milk jugs at my disposal so I rounded up a bunch of other plastic containers in fun shapes.

First I washed them with soap and water and then used rubbing alcohol to get rid of the adhesive from the labels.  Next Bryce helped me choose some fun Jack-O-Lantern faces from online.  I used painter’s tape to tape off the face.

Each container got several coats of “pumpkin orange” acrylic paint.

Then we peeled off the tape to reveal our Jack-O-Lanterns!

Next it was time to drill holes in the bottom of the planters.  I always do this to aid drainage when I’m making my own planters.

Next I filled the bottom of each planter with some small rocks {also for drainage}.

Now it’s time to plant!  I selected a mum for each planter and used Miracle-Gro Potting soil to make sure my mums are not going to just survive but THRIVE!  I also love that Miracle-Gro feeds my plants for six months – one less thing I have to worry about :)

In go the plants and the potting soil…

The boys are just thrilled with our new planters….

and I love that we’re finally getting around to decorating outside.

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More fall fun:


B-Witchin’ Pumpkins


Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle


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  1. Those planters are so cute. so kid friendly! I love the flower choice too!

  2. What a cute idea!! Found you from Crafty Moms Share site. New follower. (Momma’s Fun World)

  3. I like it!!

  4. These are too cute. What a neat way to get the look of a pumpkin without having to go buy pumpkins to use as planters.

  5. Those are too cute. What a fun kid craft!


  6. These look like a lot of fun. Would love to have you link up to our Pumpkin Linky Party going on right now for a whole month. This is a unique craft. Thanks, Linda

  7. This looks like so much fun!

    I would love for you to share this at my Flaunt it Friday link party. :)

    I am also your newest follower. I would love for you to follow me back when you get a chance so that we can continue to share ideas. :)


  8. These are so cute! I love how your little guy can help paint. They sure do love it when they can get in there.

  9. Those are so cute! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from My Repurposed. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  10. These are a really great idea and could easily be done with some of my plastic tubs that go for recycling.

    I would love it if you could please link it up to my Halloween linky

  11. Aww, super cute! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  12. oh my gosh, that is so cute and such a great idea!

  13. so cute! I can tell Bryce is quite proud of his creations!


  14. What a fun and cute idea and they look great!

  15. Oh, these are just too cute! Love them. :)

  16. These are so fun and simple to make. What a perfect container for mums. Pinning to my Halloween board.

  17. Hello, my name is Jennifer and I have mentioned this post on my blog. If there is anything you would like me to remove, please let me know. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Hey from tessacotton! Love your creation. I would be so thrilled if you would link up to my new, halloween themed linky party, live today!

  19. so, so cute! Featured you this week on the Sunday Showcase. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Awesome planters! I’d love for you to share them at my new linky party, Submarine Sunday. I hope you’ll stop by!


  21. oh what a cute idea!! I love it!
    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up

    Have a great rest of the weekend!

  22. What a fun idea!

  23. I love the idea to recycle plastic containers. Those made such great pumpkins!

  24. These are FANTASTIC, Trish! Such a great idea…the kiddos would LOVE doing this!

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