“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” — Jim Bishop
Ah, fall! It’s the season of harvest, raking leaves, and… PUMPKINS!
It’s an undeniable fact that pumpkins and fall go hand in hand. From warm pumpkin spiced lattes and gooey pumpkin pies to the carved jack-o-lanterns hanging on your patios. This season is incomplete without this plump fruit’s bright and rusty shades.
So, if you plan to give your garden a seasonal makeover, you should try these pumpkin planter ideas. They are the perfect way to add a funky and quirky autumn element to your beautiful landscape.
Top Pumpkin Planter Ideas
I usually carve a handful of pumpkins to decorate my home every fall. I bet that you guys do the same thing. So this time, I decided to change things up with my fall décor.
My quest for exciting landscape ideas led me to some gorgeous pumpkin planters. These trendy trinkets looked like the perfect fixture for an autumn-centric garden.
So, I decided that this is what I want to do this season. The great thing is decorating this way is both beautiful and practical. You can use these planters to plant almost anything and then place it in various places around the garden. Or turn them into a vase to beautify any of your rooms.
I also like that there is no hard and fast rule about these pumpkin ornamental pieces. You can make (or purchase) them in different shapes and sizes. Of course, let’s not forget all the different embellishments you can place around them to enhance their appearance. The possibilities are endless.
1. Pumpkin face planters
Add color to your porch or patio with a few pumpkin face planters filled with fall-blooming flowers such as zinnias, marigolds, and mums.
2. Ceramic pumpkin planters
Your own miniature pumpkin patch!
I fell in love with these charming ceramic pumpkins from the moment I saw them. These ceramic pumpkin containers add the fall factor without the typical orange hues. The adorable trio will look great in any study, office, or dorm room.
It’s ideal for people who prefer minimalist decorations over something over the top.
You can also gift them to an avid gardener about to start college. It’ll ensure they pursue their love for gardening even when far away from their garden.
3. Metal pumpkin planter
What a cute oval-shaped pumpkin planter! Place it on your mantel or desk to brighten your day this fall. It also makes an excellent gift for a garden lover.
4. Gold-colored plastic pumpkin planter
What a beautiful color explosion jazzed up by the gold container!
This golden pumpkin is a definite hit among the rusty shades of this transitional season. The metallic tint of this pumpkin planter adds a fun twist to an ordinary pumpkin-shaped vase. Find any cheap plastic pumpkin planters at the dollar store and give them a gold spray paint, and you’ll have an instant classy container. Add some bright flowers to create an eye-catching presentation.
Where can you use it? I can see it complementing the interiors of a fall wedding or maybe a festive garden party. Even if your social calendar is empty this year, you can place this on your dining table on Thanksgiving.
5. DIY pumpkin planters
Adding succulent planters is like a breath of fresh air in the house. Choose small or medium-sized pumpkins for this DIY project. Make several at one time to add cheer throughout your home. They also make great gifts!
Succulents and pumpkins are a match made in heaven! Here’s how to make a succulent pumpkin centerpiece.
I feel succulents are one of the easiest plants to grow for new gardeners. They are easy to manage and care for throughout the year. They can easily fit into a tiny pumpkin but will look great in a larger version.
All you’ve got to do to make this planter is to:
- cut the top off the pumpkin to make a sizable hole
- scoop out fruit seeds
- carve out the fruit like you’d do while making jack-o-lanterns
- add your succulents (preferably in a soil-filled pot you just sit in your newly carved pumpkin: this will make it easy once the pumpkin falls apart)
Pro tip: Using real pumpkins means this planter has an expiration date. Remember to throw it out as soon as you see the first signs of decay: this way, you’ll avoid mold and nasty smells in your house.
6. Mum’s the word
The liveliest companion to your tea party.
You can smell all things pumpkin if you ever step into my kitchen during these months. That’s because I am usually whipping up with my harvested fruit. The pulpy pumpkin turns into batches of pies, cakes, and sometimes bowls of soup.
The squash planter can enhance this autumnal ambiance with its rustic presence. Chrysanthemums are the perfect choice for this rendition of the pumpkin planter. That’s because they’re sweet, colorful, and come in various shades.
They also symbolize joy and happiness in the world. That makes them a fitting fixture for the heart of the house. Or you can present them to your “mums” and “grandmums” as a birthday or seasonal gift.
7. Berry bombs in pumpkin planters
Display your foraging skills with style.
Raise your hand if you spent the last few weeks of summer foraging for berries. These delicious treats double up as ornaments in this edition of fall ornaments. You can create this piece using the steps I shared in the first pumpkin planter idea. Then, fill the planter till it’s brimming with forage leaves, flowers, and berries.
You can go all out, from rosy reds to purples to fresh greens!
Where can you use it? Kitchen counters, window sills, and patio staircases are the first spots that came to mind.
8. Big, bold, and beautiful pumpkin container
Huge blooming bouquet
What do you do if life gives you too many pumpkins?
You convert some into planters, of course! This gigantic pumpkin planter is the ultimate attraction for doorways and entrances. Even if you don’t find a pumpkin as large as this, you’ll definitely find a plastic replica in the market.
Stuff them with an elegantly assembled floral arrangement. You can use daisies, sunflowers, and chrysanthemums for this. Next, sprinkle a few fallen leaves around it as a final tribute to the season.
9. Unicorn pumpkin planters
Pretty as a picture 🙂
Do fall decorations have to be scary?
Not in my house! You can use October as the perfect excuse to make this DIY unicorn planter and its pearly white sentinels. It’s hands down the easiest arts and crafts project on this list. Plus, it is a great way to let a little girl indulge in her fantasies.
Here’s how to make this:
- Choose a large white pumpkin for your unicorn head
- Glue unicorn ears made from paper mache on top of it
- Add your pink and white flowers for its makeshift hair
- Use a gold foil or spray paint to turn the stem into a horn
- Throw in a few smaller-sized pumpkins with silver stems (made from foil/paint)
Voila! Your whimsically magical display is ready for display on your mantle or a ‘My Little Pony” themed birthday party. (Depending on what comes first.)
10. Reusable pumpkin planters
Less is sometimes more
These words came to my mind when I saw this online: practical, reusable, and convenient. If you’re in the mood for something subtle and simple, this is it. It’s a medium-sized planter that can come in handy for various plants.
The best part is that it’s made from resin and coated with hard-wearing paint. That means you can reuse it every year without any trouble at all.
Where to place it? It can sit on a stand-alone table on your porch/patio. You can also buy a bunch of them to use as a boundary line for your driveway.
11. Mini pumpkin succulent planters
Where can you use them? These mini-pots of ceramic pumpkins are multifunctional. You can fill them with small succulents or sweet-smelling potpourri. They also work well as bookends for your bookshelves.
12. Sturdy stone pumpkin planter
If resin planters aren’t your thing, you can purchase their stoic cousins made from cast stone. You can use them to grow your favorite autumnal flowers this season. You can keep on changing the contents of this large outdoor planter according to the season.
The biggest advantage of this piece is that it’s weather-resistant and timeless. You can use it for a long time, and it’ll always look the same. This old-school charm is a suitable look for vintage landscape ideas.
13. Fall flower arrangement
Beautiful rustic arrangement! Perfect for decorating your dinner table or front door.
It’s a Wrap
These pumpkin planters are practically perfect for the fall season. I love that even though they all use pumpkins as a common denominator, there are so many ways to use them to appeal to different tastes! I hope my pumpkin planter ideas inspired you to go out and add a few of your own to the landscape.
If you decide to get a pumpkin planter or two, I’d love to see how you decorate with them. Stop by my Facebook page and drop a picture 😉
Adriana Copaceanu is a passionate nature lover living in the country on her dream property where she grows vegetables, lavender, and wildflowers that she shares with the wildlife they attract. When she's not in the garden, she loves spending time with her chickens and planning her next nature project.