Jack O’ Lantern PlantersPosted by TheCraftyCollab on Oct 21, 2013 in Celebrations, Craftiness, Crafts, DIY, Gardening, Holidays, Home Decor | 0 comments
If you have been searching for a gourd-free way to give your porch a festive punch, Bullfrogs & Bulldogs has your ticket!
The DIY Jack O’ Lantern Planter looks like just the way to get your Fall flowers into a holiday frock!
We couldn’t wait to give this surprisingly simple project a try!
Please click here to visit Bullfrogs & Bulldogs and see the instructions that we followed!
Reviewer #1 – Alicia
Mission: To create a Halloween themed flower pot is right up my alley.
I used the same items that were used over at Bullfrogs & Bulldogs, except for the orange or rust-colored spray paint. I skipped that step.
- I had Terra Cotta Pots in my garage – although you could use a plastic pot
- I picked out some Mums to plant in my pot.
Tips & Tricks Learned:
I free-handed a pumpkin image and then drew this on my pot in pencil.
Next, I painted right over the image with the black paint. It dried very quickly and I felt that 1 coat of paint was perfect. You could certainly download an image from the web or I have also found stickers at Michael’s or Joann that could be applied directly to the pot in place of paint.
This was so easy and cheap. I had most of the items on hand and clay pots coming out of my ears
Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday! I just love it. Pumpkins, spiders, bats, witches – you name it, I am in heaven. The more rustic decorations are what I gravitate towards and this project had that rustic feel. I think it turned out great. My painting skills are not the best but it totally adds to the charm.
Reviewer #2 – Maren
Mission: Add some festive charm to my front stoop that won’t be begging to get tossed in the street!
- I found my flower pots and dishes at my local Ace Hardware store. Love that place! This is also where I found a cute aster plant and some flowering kale to plant inside the pots once they were complete.
- I took a tip from our latest Furniture Painting project and wiped the pots down with a Microfiber Cloth before painting to remove any dust.
- I used Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover Gloss in Real Orange to paint the pot.
- I found some Dark Brown Twine at Joann that I thought would be a nice contrast to my bright orange paint! I secured the twine with my glue gun.
- Martha Stewart Acrylic Paint in Beetle Black. I went with Martha because her paint does-it-all!
- I borrowed a pumpkin face from my Halloween Painted Jar Luminaries since I was having a hard time thinking of a new one!
- I then did a quick spritz over the faces with Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Multi-Purpose Spray Paint in Gloss Clear, which I had on hand, just to be sure that those little faces would stay put!
Tips & Tricks Learned:
It might work better to use a non-gloss finish. I noticed that the glossy paint got a funky texture on the pots that didn’t entirely resolve after drying completely. Next time, I would either go for a less vibrant color that could just be dusted on, or use a paint that could be brushed on and then sealed (also with a brush). Patience really is a virtue. My pots have a few fingerprints on them because I just couldn’t wait to touch them. This seems to be a recurring trend for me.
I was a little worried that the fresh paint might transfer from the bottoms of the pots to my steps, so I put a cork trivet from IKEA under each one. Problem solved!
I love them!
I like the way that they brighten up our front steps while being perfectly suited for a family sans kiddos.
It took a lot of paint to cover those pots! I went through one whole can on two pots and two dishes.
I really like these little pots even more than I thought I would! They look so cute on our steps.
Reviewer #3 – Sheri
Mission: When I first saw this pin I thought it was a really cute way to spook up the front porch. I was hoping I could get out of carving a pumpkin this year.
Although I found this to be a really cute idea, I didn’t think the instructions were very well laid out. Just paint it?
First I wanted to know what kind of paint. My kids have painted terracotta pots before and when left outside they didn’t last. For a person that is not the craftiest, you need to do some research and find the right products. I went forth and found my own instructions, which of course I’ll share with you.
- The first thing I did was sand the pot down a little bit. Scuff it up. I then wiped it down with a damp rag and let it dry.
- Next, for those of you who plan on planting something in the pot, I applied a clear coat of spray paint. This will help prevent the pot from absorbing moisture from the soil.
- Then the fun part, paint as you see fit. I used an Americana Gloss Enamel Paint in Black which is good on ceramics. A Valspar or Rustoleum spray paint will also work. I thought of painting the pot green and making a Frankenstein but I stuck with the traditional Jack-o-lantern.
- Lastly, a clear coat. I sprayed the entire pot with a clear coat. After drying, I added a nice fall mum.
Tips & Tricks Learned:
Sand and clear coat your pot.
Use a paint that adheres well to ceramics.
This is super cute and I’m hoping is lasts for next fall season as well.
Overall I really love how this project turned out. It really added a little more character to the front porch. We’re ready for some trick or treating!