Happy October! The month somehow always seems synonymous with images of the annual squash harvest, bright hues of orange, mystical witch silhouettes, and of course pumpkins galore. I feel as if I fully embrace pumpkin season here in the states. Yes, it's definitely a bit overdone- you can't walk into a grocery store without being overwhelmed by a plethora of pumpkin spiced goods- but nonetheless I love feeling festive.
I really had the urge to express this love for fall from this year's gathering of pumpkins. While carving jack-o-lanterns is a great childhood memory, I knew I wanted something a little more subtle, and celebratory of the season in general and not just gearing up for Halloween. With Terrain being the fabulous place that it is, especially around the fall, I was inspired by something earthier. Hence the idea of combining all of the ornamental cabbage, kale, and other flora of the season with the beautiful variety of pumpkins that I collected locally. I chose to make a few different sizes of these planters to create a centerpiece that's great for a Halloween party. I suggest making 3 or 5 of these adorable arrangements to place on a mantle, desk, or table for an alluring focal point in any room!
Here's how to recreate these pumpkin planters:
Step 1: Gather your pumpkins. I suggest using a few different colors, sizes, and shapes.
Step 2: Use a sharp knife to carve an opening in a circular shape around the stem at the top of the pumpkin. Be careful not to saw all the way through the pumpkin, especially with the little ones.
Step 3: Keep sawing a few times around before you can take the tops off and them discard them.
Step 4: Use a spoon to scoop out all of the seeds and guts of the pumpkins and discard (or save the seeds and roast them!) Make sure you scrape them a bit so they are relatively clean.
Step 5: Gather your plants! In the larger pumpkins you'll probably want a few plants to work together to form an arrangement. I would just use one plant for the smaller guys though.
Step 6: Use a spoon (or small garden shovel) to scoop the potting soil into the opening in the pumpkin, then arrange the plant in the hole and add more soil on top to pack it in.
Step 7: Arrange your pumpkin planters with your other favorite Halloween/fall decorations.
Step 8: Don't forget to water these little cuties! Once a day with a light spritz should suffice for about a week.