How to Make a Festive Pumpkin Mums Planter
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The cool fall weather has rolled right on into New England and most part of the Southcoast even saw a small snow flurry yesterday. Am I ready for these extremely bitter temperatures? Not at all, but I do have a nice and cozy home right about now thanks to my heat. It is crazy to think just last weekend the weather was so great that we were making a Festive Pumpkin Mums Planter with no coat on for our front porch.
For years I have always wanted to take a big old Jack o Lantern and turn it into a flower pot. I had seen the DIYs in magazines but never was adventurous enough to take the plunge. I didn’t want to waste my money if things headed south and I messed it up. Thankfully, it is actually a lot easier to make than it may look. A few common supplies, and a few minutes is all you need to make your very own Festive Pumpkin Mums Planter.
We headed to BJ’s Wholesale Club to purchase the supplies for our pumpkin flower planter because it is really cheap and convenient. For $4.99 we scored a large pumpkin and for $7.99 we got two Mums 9″ plants! That means I had an extra to plant in my front yard. I love mums flowers because they are perennials and will come back next year. Plus, they are hearty enough to withstand the cold fall air we have been experiencing.
Making the Pumpkin Mums Planter was easy and you can watch a full video of how to make one right below, or read our step by step guide:
- Carving Knife
- Spray bottle with bleach solution (one part bleach, 2 parts water)
- Potting Soil
- Large Jack o Lantern style pumpkin
- 8-9″ Mums plant of your choice
- Water & a Watering Can
- Work space *we did our’s outside
- Drill for drainage holes.
Cut about a 10 inch around the stem using a sharp knife (be careful)
Once the top is cut, carefully remove the stem and circle
Using a large spoon, scoop the walls of the pumpkin to remove the flesh and seeds
Drill a hole or two in the bottom of the pumpkin for drainage
Once flesh and seeds are completely removed, spray the inside and outside of the pumpkin with the bleach and water solution.
Fill pumpkin with potting soil 1/2 of the way-will add more once plant is in
Remove mums plant and loosen the roots before inserting into the pumpkin planter
Place plant inside and then add remaining dirt until roots are covered
Clean the excess dirt from the pumpkin, and then water thoroughly.
We are getting so many complements on our Festive Pumpkin Mums Planter.It was a great investment and you could make smaller ones for Thanksgiving table top centerpieces. Just purchase smaller mums plants and small pumpkins.
BJ’s Wholesale is not just home to amazing mums and pumpkins! They also have some of the best apples the NorthEast produces! You can learn more about why Wellsley Farms apples are so special by watching the video clip above. For some fresh apple inspiration, check out some tasty apple desserts like these Apple Spice Muffins and Easy Apple Crisp