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This almost free DIY pumpkin planter for fall is such a fun little project. I call it almost free because you may need to buy some paint, which is very inexpensive.
I bought some new plants for fall and wanted to work on decorating my front porch area for the season. I wanted a cuter planter to put my mums in, but I forgot to buy some. I really wasn’t feeling the black color that most of those plastic planters are from the store, so I decided to make it a little more festive.
It turned out pretty cute and it was very simple, which is the best DIY in my opinion 🙂
Don’t forget to check out my stone cauldron planters from last fall that you can see in these photos too!
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Here’s what you need:
- Cheap plastic store planter
- Orange acrylic paint (I use this one)
- Masking Tape
- Sponge brush
- Protective Top Coat (I like this one, great for plastic!)
1. First, clean off the planter and make sure it is dry.
2. Cut the pieces of masking to make a jack o lantern face. I just measured the eyes so they would be the same size, but you can really free hand this. The more imperfect, the more realistic is looks!
3. Stick the tape onto the planter and make sure to rub down the edges really good so paint won’t seep underneath
4. Paint the entire planter with your orange color. Let is dry, then do a second coat. For the second coat, I sponged it on to make it have some texture.
5. Allow to dry, then very carefully pull off the tape. I recommend starting with the edges and scrapping inward so you don’t peel off the paint.
6. Spray the entire planter with a protective top coat of any kind. You just want something to create a sealant from rain, etc.
7. Plant anything you want in it! This one has a little mum inside. When the weather cools off more in Texas, I will add in more fall colors. You can even add in some fake flowers for inside or outside!
You can also check out this post on my DIY Shabby Chic pumpkin that is perfect for inside or outside decorations!