When I was out taking pictures of the fall foliage a couple of weeks ago, I purchased this beautiful pot of mums. I had already purchased one of those colored plastic pumpkins from Walmart and wanted to turn it into a planter. So, I decided to use my favorite chalk paint recipe and I painted that purple pumpkin a nice chalky white and created my very own DIY Fall Pumpkin Planter.
This was a really easy project and only took a couple of coats of paint. Plus, in case you didn’t know, chalk paint dries really quickly. You simply sand lightly between coats and when you have the finish you want, you’re done!
For this project you’ll need:
- A pretty pot of mums
- One plastic pumpkin
- Chalk paint
- Polycrylic (optional)
I use a simple chalk paint recipe that is comprised of 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup plaster of paris and 1 cup of flat latex paint. You can actually use any color of paint, but I just love the look of the white chalk paint.
My pumpkin came with a handle and I simply cut the handle off. I applied one layer of chalk paint, let the pumpkin dry for about 30 minutes, lightly sanded and applied my second coat of paint. Once the second coat of paint was dry, I again sanded lightly. The secret to chalk paint is to make sure you mix the water and Plaster of Paris well before adding the paint to the mixture.
Then I just transplanted my purchased pot of mums into my new pumpkin planter.
I set the pot of mums by the front door alongside my new Hand-Painted Welcome Sign. I actually prefer the look of the planter on the side without the face, but either way, you would never even know this DIY Fall Pumpkin Planter started out as a purple plastic pumpkin.
I hope you enjoyed this quick little DIY tutorial. If you have questions about chalk paint or decide to make your own DIY Fall Pumpkin Planter, I’d love to hear about it.
Til next time…