How to Make a Jack-o’-Lantern Holder

Lucy Mercer
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Duration: 2 hours

 

Pumpkin Holder | The Home Depot's Garden Club

Make an easy holder for your jack-o’-lantern this fall with repurposed materials. Create a body for Ol’ Jack with a cement-soaked t-shirt, supported internally with a tower of buckets and planters.

If you have nursery pots from fall planting or maybe extra drywall buckets, put them to use here to support the body. The torso is a cement-soaked shirt. You can repurpose a worn-out shirt, or purchase new for this project. If you make hypertufa or cement stepping stones, this project is a convenient way to use up an opened bag of cement.

The project comes together in under an hour and will need 24 hours to dry.

Tools & Materials

Pumpkin Holder | The Home Depot's Garden Club

 

Pumpkin Holder | The Home Depot's Garden Club

Instructions

Pumpkin Holder | The Home Depot's Garden Club

1. Spread tarp to protect ground.

2. Prepare buckets, saucer, stick and nursery pots with nonstick spray and stack. I used a Homer bucket, a gallon-sized nursery pot and a plant saucer. Center the paint stick on the saucer; it will be “shoulders” for the shirt.

 

Pumpkin Holder | The Home Depot's Garden Club

3. Make a slurry (loose solution) of cement and water. Be sure to wear a dust mask while pouring the cement, and use gloves to protect your hands while stirring.

 

Pumpkin Holder | The Home Depot's Garden Club

4. Dip t-shirt in cement mixture, being sure to evenly coat the shirt.

 

Pumpkin Holder | The Home Depot's Garden Club

5. Drape shirt over tower of pots. 

 

Pumpkin Holder | The Home Depot's Garden Club

6. Dry shirt overnight. When it’s thoroughly dry, set up your display with a natural or craft pumpkin. This pumpkin holder is not waterproof, so keep inside or under a shelter such as a porch.

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