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DIY Porch Pumpkin Tower

This DIY Pumpkin Tower was so fun to make! Last year I created a small pumpkin planter with 5 pumpkin (jack-o-lantern) buckets.  This year I knew I wanted to do more and add more to my front porch!

SO I got started early – last year I was late to the party and had a hard time finding the pumpkin buckets; they sold out in stores so fast!

Well!  This year my tower didn’t just double in size but also duplicated!! AND I LOVE IT! 

There are so many options with this project.  You can create a short tower, create an arch way with more pumpkins.  You can paint your pumpkins to match your aesthetic, you can even cut out different faces in the pumpkins!  These are all things that may come for me in years to come but for now here is my upgrade! 

I created this post in two parts one how I created my base to attach the pumpkins to and then how I attached the pumpkins to actually build it. 

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Part one: Creating Your Base

Step One: Place a Small Planter Pot in Large Planter Pot

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To hold the PVC pipes at the base  I placed a small plastic plant pot upside down in large flower pot. I then cut the center hole in the small planter slightly larger so that I could push the PVC pipe into it.  

I used some empty pots that I had on hand, my larger pot is 14 inches in the diameter, and the smaller pot is 9 inches in diameter.

Step Two: Cut PVC Pipe

I bought two 10 foot 1/2 inch PVC pipes, these are used to create the stand where you will attach  your pumpkins to.  I wanted my pumpkin tower to go from the flower pot to the ceiling of my porch, so I cut my PVC pipe at 8 feet 7 inches using a ratcheting PVC cutter.


Step Three: Push the PVC into the Small Plant Pot

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With my PVC cut to size and the two flower pots places together I then just pushed the cut PVC into the smaller, upside down flower pot.

Step Four: Attach the Top of the PVC (For taller towers)

In order to stabilize the tall PVC you will need to secure it.  I put a screw in hook in the top of my porch pilings and then used some picture hanging wire I had on hand.  I wrapped the wire around the top of the PVC pipe and then around the hook.


Part Two: Creating the Pumpkin Tower

Step One: Cut off the Bucket Handles


Start by cutting off all the handles on the trick or treat pumpkin buckets.  I used a pair of sharp scissors and was able to easily cut the handles off.  I had a total of 24 pumpkins to make my two towers. 

Step Two: Drill Holes into the Pumpkin Bucket

Next using a drill and drill bit, drill two holes into the backside of your pumpkin buckets.  The holes should be drilled about 1 inch apart.


Step Three: Attach to PVC

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First weave a zip tie through the two drilled holes in the pumpkin bucket.  Then place the bucket where you want to attach it to the PVC pipe and pull the zip tie tight. 

Step Four: Add Decorations!

For my decorations I used some Christmas lights which I just strung along the backside and stuffed some lights into the buckets as I worked my way from the top to the base.  Then I added six 6-foot long leaf garland throughout and in between the pumpkins.  Lastly, I added some artificial flowers throughout and I was done! 

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DIY Pumpkin Tower

Prep Time 15 minutes
Build Time 1 hour 30 minutes


  • Drill with drill bit
  • Ratcheting PVC Cutter


  • PVC Pipe cut to desired length
  • Screw in Hook
  • #2 Gauge Wire (could also use zip ties)
  • 5-20+ Trick-or-Treat Pumpkin Buckets
  • Heavy duty Zip Ties
  • Leaf garland (optional)
  • Mums (optional)
  • Twinkle Lights (optional)


Part One: Creating your Base

  • Place small planter pot in large planter pot
  • Cut PVC pipe
  • Push the PVC pipe into small planter
  • Attach the top of the PVC pipe (for taller towers)

Part Two: Attaching the Pumpkins

  • Cut off the bucket handles
  • Drill two holes into the back of the pumpkins
  • Attach to PVC
  • Add decorations!
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