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Outdoor Decorations for Fall

This fall outdoor decorating technique is an easy way to make a big impact. Follow along as we make Outdoor Decorations for Fall.

outdoor decorations for fall 2 shows a finished yard decoration made from plastic pumpkins


I recently came upon some of those plastic pumpkins at a tag sale (for FREE!). I immediately knew I could make something cool for fall.

Here is what makes this a great craft project for fall:

  • This was a very inexpensive project for me. The only things I purchased were the mums for $10 and solar lights for $3.
  • The pumpkins can be used year after year.
  • Except for drying time, this easy projects takes less than an hour of your time.

To make this easy project, you will need:

  • three plastic jack-o-lantern pumpkins
  • spray paint in three different colors
  • enamel paint for the face of the pumpkins plus a small paint brush
  • three 8-inch mums
  • three solar lights of your choice

outdoor decorations for fall 3 shows the pumpkins, spray paint and mums

Come along as we make Outdoor Decorations for Fall:

See the card below for complete instructions.

  1. Using a large drill bit, drill a hole in the center of the bottom of each of the pumpkins. Use one blade of the scissors to wallow out the hole to make it big enough to accommodate the metal pole. outdoor decorations for fall 4 shows how to drill the hole
  2. Using the spray paint, paint each pumpkin in your choice of colors. Let this dry completely.
  3. Using an enamel paint and a small paint brush, paint in the eyes, nose and mouth of the pumpkins and let dry completely.outdoor decorations for fall 5 shows the painted pumpkin planters
  4. Drive a metal rod into the yard where you want the decoration.outdoor decorations for fall 6 shows the metal pole and base in the yard
  5. To plant the mums, you will probably have to remove some of the dirt around the outside of the plant in order for it to fit inside the pumpkin. Once that is done, you can replace most of the dirt you removed by stuffing it into the sides of the pumpkin.
  6. Use the three planter pots that you just removed the plants from as a base for the project. Turn each one over and drill a hole in the center of each. Do the same procedure with the scissors as before to make it big enough for the pole.

To Assemble:

  1. Put all three base pots together, one inside the other, and place on the metal rod to make a base.
  2. Carefully, thread the bottom pumpkin pot through the metal rod, coming out of the top on the side. Do the remaining pumpkin planters in this same manner, staggering and alternating them as shows in the image.
  3. Finish off the project by inserting solar lights…and that’s it!

NOTE: If your mums do not last for the entire fall season, simply disassemble the unit and repot with new mums.

If you like this easy craft/gardening project, please like and share it–Thanks

5 from 2 votes
outdoor decorations for fall 1 shows 3 pumpkin planters filled with mums
Outdoor Decorations for Fall
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
drying time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 45 mins

This fall decorating technique requires less than 1 hour of your time to put together and makes a stunning autumn planter

Keyword: autumn, easy craft, easy DIY, easy gardening, planter
Author: Renea
  1. Prepare the plastic jack-o-lanterns by spray painting each with a different color of spray paint. Allow them to dry for about an hour before proceeding.

  2. Using the acrylic paint (color of your choice), paint the face on the jack-o-lanterns with the small paint brush. Allow this to dry for about an hour.

  3. Using a drill or other sharp object, drill a hole in the bottom of each of the jack-o-lanterns. Using a pair of old scissors, wallow out the hole to accommodate the pole.

  4. Hammer the pole into the area of your yard where you want to place the decoration.

  5. Carefully remove the mums from their planter and set aside.

  6. Turn the planting pot over that the mums came in and drill a hole in each of the pots. Again, wallow out the hole to accommodate the pole. Place all three planting pots inside each other. This will be used as a base for the decoration. Slide them, upside down, down the pole to make one sturdy base.

  7. Plant each mum inside each painted pumpkin. This will probably require you to remove some dirt around the plant in order to fit it inside the pumpkin. Simply replace the dirt you removed by stuffing it inside once the plant is in place.

  8. Start assembling the unit by sliding the bottom pumpkin down the pole with the pole going in the bottom hole and coming out the top to the very side. This is in order to stagger the planters. Continue in this manner, staggering as you go, until you have all three on the pole.

  9. Insert solar lights and water well.

If you made this project, please let me know what you thought in the comments.– xoxo Renea

This was such a fun gardening/craft project, and one of my favorites since it requires very little time and money. For another great fall decorating idea, see my post Garden Lights for Fall. Need more information for growing mums, see my post Grow the Best Fall Mums. Need more? Garden Gate Magazine has a post on How to Grow Mums worth taking a look at. Want to know more about fall perennials? The Spruce has a post titled Top 14 Fall-Blooming Flowers for a Perennial Garden.

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SC Nana

Sunday 19th of September 2021

I love this idea and will add a handful of gravel to each pumpkin, for drainage, before potting.


Tuesday 21st of September 2021

Yes, that's a good idea. Mine each had a hole in the bottom to run the rod through.

Tilda Butts

Tuesday 6th of October 2020

Thanks for the pumpkin 🎃 design for the fall I am going to make it tomorrow for one of my fall and Halloween decorations


Wednesday 7th of October 2020

Thanks for the comment. Hope you are happy with your design!

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