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
- Concrete mixing tub
- Concrete trowel
- Homer bucket
- Nursery pots, small and large
- Plant saucer
- Paint stick
- Nonstick spray
- Tarp or plastic sheeting
- Dust mask
- Latex or nitrile gloves
- Natural or craft pumpkin jack-o’-lantern
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.
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.
4. Dip t-shirt in cement mixture, being sure to evenly coat the shirt.
5. Drape shirt over tower of pots.
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.