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DIY Halloween Pumpkin Planters

These inexpensive stacked DIY Halloween Pumpkin Planters were so fun and easy to make! I knew I needed something more than a couple potted mums and a wreath on my front door.  We moved into our single family home last October and having previously lived in a small townhome in Alexandria City, we didn’t have the space for Halloween décor. While I still have a long way to go to get the perfect fall and Halloween porch décor of my dreams, I love the way these outdoor DIY Halloween planters turned out!

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So that lead us to this DIY Pumpkin Planter post!

When I began searching Pinterest for Halloween planter ideas to create, I came across a number of skull planter options.  However, while I love spooky Halloween décor, ultimately I knew I wanted something a bit more friendly!

Also, is there really anything better than a fun, quick project that you can include your kiddos on?! 

My oldest (3-year-old) and I had so much fun with this one.  I like to involve my kids whenever possible, so when I grabbed a drill, a stack of pumpkin buckets and our son Duke! 

For this project you just need to grab 4-5 pumpkin trick-or-treat buckets, your drill, a stick/post, and an empty flowerpot.  If you don’t have a flowerpot this could be put right into the ground!

I think it would be best to use rebar stake as the post, which you could get from your local hardware store.  But I used a snow stake because that’s what I had on hand, and it has been standing strong over the last about week!

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I started by just pushing the stake into the flowerpot – then went one pumpkin bucket at a time and started to stack them on!

I drilled two holes in the buckets one directly centered in the bottom of the bucket and then another on either side of the bucket depending on how I wanted the bucket to lean.  The second hole was just under the rim of the bucket, see the picture below.

From there I just put them onto the stake – I think this is where the snow stake was a nice option.  Even through the rebar would provide a sturdier option, I was able to bend the stake slightly so the holes in the buckets didn’t have to be perfect to weave through the two holes.   


Is there really anything better than a fun, quick project that you can include your kiddos on?!

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After I had enough buckets on the stake to the height of my liking, it was time to add my plants! I used small $1 pots of mums from my local Walmart to fill up the buckets.  Then I added some straw to get a more finished look.  I just used a small decoration straw bale from Walmart’s seasonal section.  Since I placed two small mums in each bucket, I liked the option to cover that up a bit. 

I chose not to plant the mums in the pots (with potting soil, drainage, etc.) because I wanted this to be easy to break down after Halloween! I intend to repurpose the mini mum pots elsewhere for the remainder of the fall décor season!

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Here’s the finished product!

This would also look great with several different Halloween decorations falling out of the buckets rather than using flowers.  I can picture spiders crawling or even a creepy clown mask peeping out of one of the buckets!  I hope you are able to have fun both making and decorating this easy DIY!

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Home Depot: Weyerhaeuser 1/2 in x 4 ft. #4 Rebar
halloween planters
Target: Trick-or-Treat Bucket
Walmart: Expert Gardener PINT MUM
DIY Halloween Pumpkin Planters

DIY Halloween Pumpkin Planters

Easy DIY Halloween Pumpkin Planters to spruce up your holiday decor!
Build Time 45 minutes
Units 1 planter


  • Drill with drill bit


  • 4-5 Pumpkin Trick-or-Treat Buckets
  • 1 Stake/Rebar stake
  • 8 Plants of your choice (or Halloween decorations!)
  • 1 Flower Pot (optional)
  • 1 Straw Bale (optional)


  • Push your stake into your flowerpot or garden bed.
  • Drill two holes in each of your pumpkin buckets; the first in the center bottom of the bucket, and the second near the rim to either side depending on how you want the pumpkin to lean.
  • Push your pumpkin buckets onto the stake weaving through both holes.
  • Add your flowers (or other Halloween decorations).
  • Stand back and admire!
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