How to Make a Mum & Pumpkin Planter: A Fall DIY

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If you're looking for an easy fall DIY project this mum pumpkin planter is perfect for anyone who loves decorating with fall plants. 'll show you step-by-step how simple it is to make your own fall DIY planter with just a few supplies.

Gather Your Supplies

– A pumpkin – A mum plant – A drill (optional) – A sharp knife – A pencil or sharpie

Your pumpkin should be large enough to accommodate the root ball of the mum, but not so large that it will overwhelm the plant.

Step One 

Taking the container from the mum plant, turn it upside down on the top of the pumpkin and trace the circumference onto the pumpkin.

Step Two

Cut off the top of the pumpkin and clean it out.

Step Three

After the pumpkin is completely cleaned out, trace and cut three holes in the bottom for water drainage.

Your DIY pumpkin planter will last longer with the drainage holes. If it’s too hard for you to cut the holes, you can use a large drill bit to make it easier.


Carefully add the mum back into its original container, set it into the pumpkin, and style it in your outdoor space.

Visit the Cottage in the Mitten blog for more fall crafts and decorating ideas.