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3 Ways to DIY a Pumpkin

Renee Valdes
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Hypertufa pumpkins make great Halloween decor ll The Home Depot Garden Club

Get ideas for Halloween decorating. Learn how to DIY a pumpkin three ways, including using a real pumpkin as a planter for a variety of flowers or succulents.

With these three ways to DIY a pumpkin, you’ll be ready for Halloween and fall fun in no time.


Learn how to DIY a pumpkin 3 ways ll The Home Depot Garden Club

1. hypertufa pumpkins for Porch Decor

Learn how to make hypertufa pumpkins using a mix of ingredients (see instructions in the link below) that create a lightweight cement. Hypertufa pumpkins look beautiful and, once created, you can use these Halloween decorations year after year.

Creating hypertufa pumpkins takes just four ingredients and an hour from mixing to mold, no carving involved. 

After a few days time, your hypertufa pumpkins will be dry and ready for use. You can even create gold-dipped pumpkins or use any metallic paint for a chic look.

Fill with succulents and surround with mums, coleus and other fall favorites available at your local The Home Depot Garden Center. See our instructions for details on how to make hypertufa pumpkins


Pumpkin Holder | The Home Depot's Garden Club

2. Creepy Pumpkin or candy Holder

Scare up some monstrous fun and create a creepy pumpkin holder for your Halloween decor. Made from a slurry that includes Portland cement, a T-shirt and some nursery pots, this pumpkin holder can be the center of attention during Halloween fun.

When you make this DIY project, you may decide it can hold more than just your real or faux pumpkin. It could even hold a monster or skeleton head. Or simply carve out the inside of your pumpkin and line it with a plastic bag to serve up candy to Trick-or-Treating kids.


Pumpkin planters make great fall decor ll The Home Depot Garden Club

3. Pumpkin Planters with Fall Flowers or Succulents

Make pumpkin planters for a beautiful and simple way to decorate for fall. These pumpkins look beautiful filled with fall arrangements of flowers, edibles and other plants, such as vines. Or, use your pumpkin planter for succulents.

Pumpkin planters look amazing in your outdoor space, as a festive centerpiece for a console table or when hosting a dinner party just because. 

Pumpkin planters are very versatile. You could also try decorating for fall with pumpkin planters and a cluster of other types of pumpkins and gourds in a corner nook of your porch or by the hearth of your fireplace. 

Get instructions for how to make pumpkin planters.

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