Autumn Decor – Pumpkin Planters

This week I opened up the box that had my Fall decorations. I hadn’t added any new items in a few years, so they were looking a bit frazzled. I wanted to spruce them up and maybe add some new pieces.  So out came the chalk paint!  This year I wanted to incorporate my plants, especially my succulents.  So I decided to showcase a couple of pumpkin planters.

Pumpkin Planters - Autumn Decor by Carmen Whitehead Designs

I quick trip to Goodwill was a success when I found these two ceramic planters already in the shape of pumpkins!  It was 50% off day, so I scored these for $1.50 each!  If you can’t find ready made planters like I did, no worries!  Simply get a hollow styrofoam pumpkin and cut the top off.  Then follow the same instructions below.

Autumn Decor with Pumpkin Planters by Carmen Whitehead Designs

My Autumn theme this year is Farmhouse style with neutral colors.  So, that meant this orange had to go.  But, first I had to drill drainage holes into both of them. 

Autumn Decor with Pumpkin Planters by Carmen Whitehead Designs  Make sure you put some water on the area you’ll be drilling.  This will keep the bit cool.

Autumn Decor with Pumpkin Planters by Carmen Whitehead Designs

I purchased my Diamond Drill Bits through Amazon.  The kit came with 4 bit sizes and they work really well.

Autumn Decor with Pumpkin Planters by Carmen Whitehead Designs

Place the bit at an angle to start, when you get a groove started then you can move the drill to a perpendicular position.  Apply steady pressure, but don’t push the drill down.  This may take a couple of minutes to drill the hole.

Autumn Decor with Pumpkin Planters by Carmen Whitehead Designs

I decided to use DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Serene and Everlasting.

Autumn Decor with Pumpkin Planters by Carmen Whitehead Designs

It took 3 coats of the Everlasting to get the look I wanted on the larger planter.  The smaller one, I gave one coat of Everlasting and 2 coats of Serene.  I also decided to use DecoArt Dazzling Metallics paint in Champagne Gold, for the leaves.

Autumn Decor with Pumpkin Planters by Carmen Whitehead Designs

I then added a layer of Americana Decor Creme Wax before adding the Golden Brown Wax.

Autumn Decor with Pumpkin Planters by Carmen Whitehead Designs

Autumn Decor with Pumpkin Planters by Carmen Whitehead Designs

Once I added the Golden Brown wax, I used a damp cotton towel to rub off the excess wax and get the look I was looking for.  You can take off or leave on as much as you want.  To seal the finish, I added one last layer of the Creme wax with a clean cotton towel.  

Autumn Decor with Pumpkin Planters by Carmen Whitehead Designs

I let them dry for 24 hours before I started planting.  I always use Cactus soil when potting succulents.  Don’t use regular potting soil, moisture control potting soil or soil from your garden.  If you want your succulents to thrive, use the right soil. I’ve had good success with Mircale-Gro Cactus soil and it’s only $4.89 at Home Depot.

You’ll want to place a piece of coffee filter or paper towel over the drainage hole to help keep the soil in the planter when watering and still let the water out.  Fill the planter to just below the rim, pressing it down to remove any air pockets.  You can remove a lot of the soil from the roots to help fit better in the planter.  Don’t be shy, succulents are tough and this won’t hurt the roots.

Pumpkin Planters - Autumn Decor by Carmen Whitehead Designs

To help me work within such a small and crowded space I use these potting tools set.

I love how they turned out!  I used succulents because I love them, but you can absolutely use more traditional Autumn plants like mums, Coleus or some faux flowers.

Pumpkin Planters - Autumn Decor by Carmen Whitehead Designs

Pumpkin Planters - Autumn Decor by Carmen Whitehead Designs

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Pumpkin planters - Autumn Decor by Carmen Whitehead Designs

Pumpkin planters - Autumn Decor by Carmen Whitehead Designs

Here’s the succulents I used for this planter…

  1. Kalanchoe Tomentosa “Cinnamon”
  2. Cotyledon “White Sprite”
  3. Pachyveria “Royal Flush”
  4. Jade Plant “Lemon n’ Lime”
  5. Sedeveria Hybrid

Pumpkin Planter - Autumn Decor by Carmen Whitehead Designs

  1. Crassula Arborescens “Rippled Jade”
  2. Graptopetalum Paraguayese “Ghost Plant”
  3. Pachysedum Ganzhou
  4. Echeveria Multicaulis

These succulents will last through November in these pots just fine.  Once the Christmas season arrives, you can transplant them into a holiday theme or regular planter.  Water them about once a week, only when then soil is dry, and they’ll last you a long time.

Stay tuned for the final reveal of my Autumn 2017 Home Decor.  Thank you friends for visiting with me today!

For more Autumn Decor inspiration, you can visit my Pinterest board…

Autumn Decor Pinterest Carmen Whitehead Designs

Blessings,




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