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Easy Pumpkin Planter for Fall

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Decorate your home for fall with a beautiful plant in this pumpkin planter!

This week has been all about pumpkin crafts! My house is starting to look just like fall. And today’s new pumpkin project might just be my favorite so far.

I created a fall planter, the perfect way to highlight all those house plants, out of a cheap trick-or-treat pail.

This DIY pumpkin planter turned out so stunning! No one will ever guess what it started out as.

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DIY pumpkin planter with plant inside it on a console table with other fall decor.

I am slightly obsessed with house plants. So when I saw the $2 pumpkin trick-or-treat bucket at the store, I knew exactly what to do with it.

The pumpkin shaped planter looks like something you would find in a high end home decor store. It doesn’t even look like a plastic jack-o-lantern anymore.

And the fall vibes would be even better if you filled it with beautiful mums. Sadly I didn’t have time to go buy some so my pumpkin planter is filled with a pineapple plant instead.

Looking down on a pumpkin flower pot filled with a plant.

The secret to this pumpkin flower pot is the alternating rope sizes. It highlights the shape of the pumpkin and gives it a little something special.

The two sizes of jute add so much texture without being too busy.

I just love the natural warmth it gives. Perfect for all things fall!

Close up of the pumpkin planter made with jute twine.

5 Days of Pumpkin Crafts

Todays is the 4th day of the 5 Days of Pumpkin crafts. By now you should be well on your way to decorating your entire house for fall!

If you missed any posts, check them out below so you can create these fun crafts for yourself.

How to Make a Pumpkin Planter

Supplies needed:

STEP 1- Attach the larger rope

Cut off the handle to your pumpkin pail.

Count the bumps around the pumpkin and determine the pattern for your alternating sizes of jute. My pumpkin had an even number of pumps so I did alternating larger rope to smaller.

Cutting the handle off a pumpkin trick or treat pail.

Starting with the larger jute rope, add a bead of hot glue in the indent of one of the bumps. Run the larger twine up the indent and hold to secure.

Start glueing at the bottom and continue up the indent to the top.

Glueing jute rope onto the pumpkin bucket.

When you get to the top, run the glue & rope along the top to the next indent. Then glue it all the way down to the bottom.

Glueing the rope along the top section of the jack-o-lantern pail.

Glue the rope along the bottom back towards where you started. Then glue up along the inside of the rope.

Hot glueing rope in a section on the pail.

Continue glueing the rope down on the inside of itself until you completely fill in the bump.

Filling in the bump out section of the pumpkin with rope.

For the piece down the center. it might be too tight to curve the rope. So I cut the rope at the bottom. Then cut a new piece to fill in the center.

Cut the rope on an angle and tuck the ends in between the other ropes to help it disappear. Secure with glue.

Adding the last piece and tucking the ends of the rope in between the other pieces.

Continue adding all the larger rope sections around the entire pumpkin (even over the indented jack-o-lantern face). Use the indents as a guide.

All the large rope sections of the jute glued onto the bucket.

STEP 2- Attach the smaller jute

Now you will fill in the sections between the large rope with the 5mm rope.

Start at the bottom and add the rope right next to the larger one. Go around in a circle again filling in the entire area.

Glueing smaller jute rope in between the large sections.

For the smaller rope, I found it was necessary to fill in the center section with 2 separate pieces. Cut them at an angle and tuck the ends under the other ropes and secure with glue just like you did with the large rope.

Filling in the smaller jute section.

The second cut piece will be shorter than the first.

Attaching the last piece of jute inside the other pieces.

Continue filling in all the sections between the larger rope until you have covered the entire pail.

Completed pumpkin planter base with jute twine filling in all the sections.

STEP 3- Finish off the top

Cut a flat end on the large jute. Add some glue in the ends to keep it from fraying.

Glue it to the top of the pail to cover up the ends.

When you get to the end. Cut a flat end and add some glue to prevent fraying. Then glue to the two pieces together at the ends.

This makes the seam disappear nicely.

Adding a piece of rope to the top to finish off the edge.

You can drill drainage holes in the bottom of your planter or use it as a plant basket to hide a not-so-pretty pot.

I prefer to add some rocks to the planter and insert a plant in a plastic nursery pot. That way it is easier for me to remove plants when they need to be up-potted.

Now all that is left is to decide what plant to put in your new pumpkin planter!

Fall vignette with pumpkin planter next to Farmers Market sign on a console above a wood hayrides sign.

Happy crafting!

Close up of the pumpkin planter made with jute twine.

DIY Pumpkin Planter

Yield: 1 planter
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $20

Add touches of fall to your plants with this easy DIY pumpkin planter.




  1. Cut off the handle and figure out your rope pattern.
  2. Add hot glue to one of the bumps.
  3. Glue and wrap rope towards the center of the bump.
  4. Cut rope at an angle and tuck the end between the other ropes.
  5. Continue adding large rope sections alternating around the pumpkin.
  6. Use smaller rope to do the same thing between the larger rope sections.
  7. Cover the top with a piece of rope glued to the top.

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