Fall is my favorite season. And yesterday, I started decorating my house. One of the first things I did last year was add mums up the steps to the front door. Having just moved and with a lot on my plate, I literally just plopped the flowers (thin plastic 'pot' and all) onto the steps and called it done. This year, I'm making a little more effort.
While I could (and probably should for year round decorating) invest in a few nice pots to line the steps, I decided to take a fall twist and use pumpkins for pots. Fake pumpkins. I don't trust real ones to hold up all season and we've had great luck with a carved fake pumpkin for years. It still looks great. So now I'm testing how well they survive the elements + a live flowering plant.
How to make your own? Easy! All you need are 5 supplies - fake pumpkin, mum plant, marker, knife & a drill.
|Supplies for faux Pumpkin Mums|
Start by marking the top of your pumpkin for where you will cut. I just held the plant over and loosely traced with an orange Sharpie. My thought was the orange would blend in better if the lines ended up showing a bit. Instead, my initial hole was a bit too small so I just kept trimming out slowly until the plant just barely slid in. I wanted a snug fit.
|Mark an outline of the pot for cutting.|
Then (no pictures of this step) I used our drill to make a couple of small holes in the bottom to allow for drainage.
Add the flowers to the faux pumpkin, place and enjoy!
|Can you spy why there isn't a wreath on my front door yet? Next project - new paint!|
For more fake (faux?) pumpkin ideas ... our carved Bat pumpkin we've been using since 2006 and Mr Potato Head Pirate Pumpkin.