I am updating this post way before pumpkins are available to purchase. I started seeing it trending on Pinterest and thought I would re-post it in case you want to make them this year.
How to make mini pumpkin planters with real pumpkins is a fun craft project I’ve been thinking about for a while now because this pin is one of my most popular pins on Pinterest! The image really resonated with people. And they are so much more fun than just a regular flower pot.
This fun DIY project isn’t like most succulent pumpkin planters that are so popular. It just uses a few simple fall flowers that you can buy or even find in your yard. And they look so good in orange. I took a quick walk in my neighborhood to find the yellow flower. Funny thing, the yellow flowers are probably a weed!
You can use these mini pumpkin planters as a pot and put them down the center of a table, at each place setting, or as centerpieces for a Halloween dinner or get-together. They are perfect for Thanksgiving as well and could easily be made into place cards, and then each guest can take one or two home as a little parting gift! Your table decor turns into a little gift in a pot!
Here is what you need to make three mini pumpkin planters with fall flowers
- Three mini pumpkins
- Nine tiny mum flowers
- 3 -6 Aster flowers
- Some sort of trailing flower (I found mine on a walk in my neighborhood)
- Any other kind of flower that you like
Tools you’ll need to make mini pumpkin planters
- A power drill with a 1 1/8″ drill bit to drill the hole in the top of the pumpkin (it doesn’t have to be exact, so if you have a similar size, try it out)
- Note: You can also use a sharp knife in place of a drill, but the drill makes it so much easier.
- A spoon for cleaning the inside of the pumpkin and removing the flesh
- a damp cloth
Follow these easy steps on how to make adorable planters inspired by Pinterest
- Choose pumpkins without a stem or remove the stem by cutting it as close to the pumpkin as possible, creating space for the drill bit
- Drill into the pumpkin to create a vessel to hold a little water
- Clean out the seeds and flesh just as you would when carving a regular-sized pumpkin
- Wipe the pumpkin clean with a damp cloth
- Fill the vessel with a bit of water
- Arrange the short-stemmed flowers inside the pumpkin
- And that’s it! They will stay fresh for several days without direct sun and heat.
Sugar Pumpkin with evergreens
We also made a mini pumpkin planter using a sugar pumpkin and a few evergreen clippings from the yard. I love the way it turned out. We have evergreens, mini Japanese Maple, and boxwoods in all of our planters for fall and winter, so it was easy to find an assortment of evergreens.