Jack-O'-Lantern Planter

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jack o lantern planter 2This jack-o-lantern planter is a fun variation on an old tradition!




  1. Clean off the pumpkin and select a side to carve.
  2. pumpkin
  3. Using a pumpkin knife, cut a lid into the top. Remove the lid. Using a scrapper, remove any guts from the lid.
  4. cut lid
    scrap lid
  5. Now scrape out the inside, removing the guts and seeds.
  6. scrap out pumpkin
  7. Arrange the plants that you are going to use for the face. This will help you determine how big the openings will need to be for each part.
  8. arrange succulents into face

  9. Use a pencil to draw a face onto the pumpkin. I recommend using circles for the eyes and nose to best fit the plants.
  10. draw face onto pumpkin
  11. Cut out the face. Test fit the plants as you go, removing additional pumpkin to make them fit snugly in the openings.
  12. cut out face 3
    making opening bigger 2
    test fit plants in openings
    cut out face 4
  13. Once the face is finished, start putting the plants in. NOTE: For the mouth, I recommend putting the smaller plants into the corners first. Then fit in the larger plants at the center.
  14. add plants for mouth 1
    add plants for eyes

  15. Begin filling the pumpkin with soil, making sure to leave room for the grass.
  16. add soil
  17. Put the grass into the pumpkin. Then add more soil around it if necessary, packing it into any voids with your fingers.
  18. add grass for hair
    add extra soil
  19. Enjoy your finished jack--o-lantern planter inside or outside. If you want, you can use the lid as a hat! :)
  20. lid for hat

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November 1, 20210 found this helpful

What do you do when the pumpkin starts to rot? Can you put the whole thing in a pot/planter? Thanks!

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