I love this stylish vintage looking craft idea for how to upcycle a plastic pumpkin bucket! For just a few dollars, you can have a beautiful fall Pumpkin Planter that’s perfect for your front porch or party centerpiece.
Thanks to our newest contributor Pamela Smerker Designs. I’m so happy to have Pam on the Living Locurto team and looking forward to her creative ideas! Enjoy this fun craft! ~ Amy
This Chalk Paint Pumpkin Planter is a fun and simple upcycle DIY craft that takes an inexpensive plastic pumpkin bucket and gives it an aged vintage look. The perfect container for beautiful fall flowers or fun treats.
Here is what you need:
- Chalk Paint in your choice of colors
- Foam Brush
- Small bristle paint brush
- Plastic pumpkin bucket
Step 1: Choose a plastic pumpkin bucket. I chose a black one from Target for $1.
Step 2: Using a sponge brush cover your pumpkin with a coat of chalk paint. Set aside to dry for 1 -2 hours (according to directions on paint bottle). I chose two colors of paint, White Adirondack and Castle gray. I painted the main part of the pumpkin white and the eyes, nose and mouth gray.
Step 3: Add additional coats of paint until you reach the desired coverage you like. I ended up doing 4 coats. This particular paint is easy to clean up with soap and water, so I would just clean my paint brush out after each coat and worked on this through out a day.
Step 4: (Not shown) Using a dry bristle brush to pick up a small amount of paint, dabbing it on a paper plate to get off any excess paint then “dry brushed” the opposite color onto the gourd to accent and highlight areas. For example, I brushed gray over the white area and a little white over the eyes, nose and mouth. If you get a little to thick with your accent brushing, simply do the same technique over the paint with the gourds original color. Let dry. If you want to place your pumpkin outside, I would suggest adding a coat of clear wax to seal and protect the paint.
Fill your decorative vintage inspired Pumpkin Planter with flowers or other fun goodies. What a fun way to upcycle those plastic Halloween Pumpkin buckets!
Pamela Smerker is a Colorado wife, mom and blogger with a passion for baking, crafting, photography and entertaining. She is a Jill of all trades kind of girl! Find her work at Pamela Smerker Designs.
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Originally published on October 21, 2015. Last Updated on May 15, 2021 by Amy Locurto