Making Pumpkin Planters

Author Market Street | August 31, 2022

Pumpkins have decorated porches in a carved, jack o' lantern style or in a whole, natural style for generations. However, once they start to rot and lose their shape, it can be hard to find a use for them. By turning your pumpkin into a container for your flowers or other plants, you can have a beautiful decoration while it is fresh and useful compost for when it starts to decompose.


  • Medium to large pumpkin(s)
  • 2-3 nursery plants per pumpkin
  • Potting soil
  • Large knife
  • Large spoon or scooping tool


Step 1. Choose your pumpkin and nursery plants. Try to find one with a flat bottom to make planting in it easier.

Pro Tip: Try to find nursery plants at different heights to add some variation to its design.

Step 2. Use a large, sharp knife to cut off the top of the pumpkin. Be sure to make the hole large enough to work in. 

Step 3. Scoop out the pumpkin's innards and fill half of the hollowed out pumpkin with soil. 

Step 4. Remove the nursery plants from their containers and place them on top of the soil.  Fill in around the plants with more potting soil. 

Step 5. When the pumpkin starts to fade and lose its shape, plant it in the ground and let the pumpkin provide natural fertilizer.

If getting your hands dirty isn't your thing, but you still want to express your love for all things fall, check out our ceramic pumpkin planters here!