How To Create A Beautiful Fall Planter The Fast And Easy Way

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Create a  beautiful fall planter that will bring a splash of seasonal color to your entryway! This fall urn arrangement is the perfect solution for people who are short on time! 

Easy And Simple Fall Front Porch with two urns at the front door.
I love traditional mums for fall as much as the next person, but sometimes I just don’t have the time or the inclination to play in the dirt.

An added bonus to this planter is that I won’t have to replace mums that fade and die before the season is over.  These planters will last right up until the last pumpkin-pie-eating-guest has exited the door after Thanksgiving!  Let me show you how incredibly easy this DIY fall planter is!

The large urn with a pumpkin on top of it.   A copper pot is beside the urn as well as two other decorative pumpkins.

Supplies needed for each planter:

13″ Tall faux or real pumpkin – Mine are faux

Dark finishing wax

Throwaway brush and rag

28″ Sunburst grapevine wreath

15″ Regular grapevine wreath

Pip Berry Garland

Wire cutters

Step 1 – Get rid of the bright orange color of the pumpkins by brushing them with the dark wax and then wiping the excess wax off until your desired pumpkin color is achieved.  After waxing and wiping them down, allow them to dry overnight (very important) so that the wax won’t rub off when they are handled.  The pumpkin on the left hasn’t had any wax applied to it yet.  The pumpkin on the right has been waxed and wiped down to the final look that I was after.

Before and after of bright orange pumpkin with dark stain applied and wiped off to achieve the desired color

Step 2 – Place the 28″ sunburst grapevine wreath on top of the rim of the planter.  If your urn is smaller than mine, you may need a smaller wreath so that it won’t fall down into the container.

How To Create A Fall Urn The Fast And Easy Way - Step 1

Step 3 – Place the 15″ grapevine wreath on top of the sunburst one.  Again, if your urn is smaller, you may need a smaller wreath.

Layering the grapevine wreath onto the urn.

Step 4 – Place the waxed pumpkin on top of both of the grapevine wreaths, over the opening of the wreaths. Just a note – I had to clip away some of the twigs from the inside of my wreath so that the pumpkin would sit properly.

Placing the pumpkin on top of the grapevine wreath on the urn.

Step 5 – Wrap the pretty pip berry garland around the grapevine wreath and pumpkin, fluffing, bending and twisting it as necessary.  Clip the excess garland off with wire cutters.

Wrapping the pip berry around the wreath with the pumpkin on top.

Your beautiful DIY fall planter is finished!  Enjoy!

How To Create A Fall Urn The Fast And Easy Way

Don’t forget to Pin It for reference!

How To Create A Fall Urn The Fast And Easy Way


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  1. Suzy – I love your fall urns and the wonderful look of the front porch and your new door. Thank you for sharing this wonderful project at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop! You are one of my features on Tuesday Treasures. Hope to see you again this week!

  2. Thanks for making it easy!

  3. I love this idea!! So easy and looks great!

  4. Love it! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your day.

  5. Mary Johnston says:

    Hi Suzy,
    thanks for the inspiration! I have two urns by the front door, i never seem to do anything with. Heading over to Hobby Lobby, I think they have their fall decor on sale! Anyway to upload any photos to show you what we’ve done with your ideas? You’ve made decorating seem so easy!

    1. Hi Mary. Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to upload photos to my blog, but I’d love to see what you’ve done! Could you email them to me?

  6. Everything always looks beautiful and inviting. I was looking for the transformation of the outside of the house and can’t find them. Can you repost? I am looking for some inspiration!
    Happy fall!

  7. Norma Rolader says:

    Love the urns! Thank you for these great tips and ideas! God bless and please keep Texas in your prayers

  8. I love decorating with pumpkins of all sizes both outside and inside my home. Thanks for another great idea.

  9. Thanks for the reminder…I love this idea! 😉

  10. Your urn decor is very similar to what I do, but I never used finishing wax. As always, you’ve provided even more inspiration! Love that these will transition from September through Thanksgiving with no dead mums to deal with!

  11. ann gardner says:

    Thanks for the idea, have all i need to do this!So cool looking!

  12. Jacki Salinas says:

    I love this. I’ll be copying thus planter idea – and maybe I can keep them alive!!

  13. Hi Susie,

    This is exactly what I need. I also love fall mums but feel the way you do. I just don’t have time to deal with the mums not lasting and having to re-do my planters, boxes etc. halfway through October. Love this planter idea. The wax also makes the pumpkin looked “aged”. Thanks for all the tips.

  14. Susan in SC says:

    Even though my planters are planted with evergreen cast iron plant, I can still adapt the vine and berry wreath at the base of the plants/top of the planter. The pumpkins will sit at its base! Love the wax idea to give them a more realistic look! Thanks Suzy for the wonderful inspiration!

  15. Great idea! I learned of the waxing or staining technique from a fall craft fair. The gentleman created the most beautiful arrangements using faux fruit that started life looking very bright in color and quite frankly, cheap and fake. Just by applying stain and wiping it off, the pieces became very elegant looking! Love your fall planter creation! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Kathy Bucciarelli says:

    Had not thought of using the dark wax…Thanks!

  17. gail ivey says:

    What a great idea! I really love doing the dark wax on the pumpkins. I will definitely try that one?

  18. Sophie's Haven says:

    So SIMPLE but elegant……will be working this idea into my fall decor. Love the wax idea…..never thought of doing to my pumpkins.

  19. J&B Sindlinger says:

    So SIMPLE but elegant………will be working this into my fall decor.

  20. Pretty simple and great idea!

  21. Lisa Kissner Cooper says:

    I can do this! And it can be used year after year!

  22. nancy dempsey says:

    The dark wax is a great idea and I like that everything can be easily stored for next year.
    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful project!

  23. Ready for some fall color! Something this straightforward is my kind of decorating; thanks for the ideas.

  24. Vee Muller says:

    Love the planters! Different.

  25. I love this!!! I have almost the exact same planters on my front porch. I am definitely going to try this. It’s so hot here in Florida, that this is a great alternative to the mums (which I love) and with using the faux pumpkins, I don’t have to worry about real pumpkins rotting in the sun. Thanks so much for sharing!

  26. Can’t wait to try this idea. Welcome Fall!

  27. Beautiful yet simple! Pinned it! ?

  28. Norma Rolader says:

    Love the planters I have got to do this!!! I have 2 planters that look like yours but they are plastic and I have not know what to do with them but I do now!!! I have put round glass top on them and set items on them Thank you and God bless

  29. Esther Dill says:

    Hi Suzy,
    Love your home and love your decorating. Could you share where you got the black planters on the porch?? Thanks so much.

    1. Hi Esther. I found one of the urns at Lowes and the other at a thrift store. They don’t match exactly, but they’re very, very close! 😀

  30. Sandy Heath says:

    Easy and stunning…a great combination!

  31. Stealing your idea but using an olive bucket instead of an urn.

  32. I love this! Simple, yet beautiful! Thanks for breaking down what you did step by step. It helps with getting the correct supplies and how to put things together.
    Thank you so much, your blogs are AWESOME!

  33. I love the urns and pumpkins. What a beautiful and simple way to add fall colors!!

  34. Jauquetta says:

    The dark wax knocks off the plastic look. Great that you were pressed for time as I like this better than mums! Lovely.

  35. Debbie Brewer says:

    Love those planters! Will definitely be doing this at my house.

  36. Ronda Manager says:

    This is a great tutorial! One I plan to try. Thank you for inspiring!

  37. Sandy Park says:

    Your lovely Fall decorations on your front porch have inspired me to decorate our new front porch. Can’t wait to get going on this project. Thanks

  38. Diane westbrook says:

    Thanks for the wonderful idea for the urns! I have two black urns and was wondering what to do with them now that the plantings in them need to be tossed! I will head out to find the wreaths, and fake pumpkins tomorrow!! And….what a wonderful idea to use the stain/wax on the fake pumpkins! always find such great inspiration on your blog…thanks so much!!!

  39. Dianne Kropp says:

    You always give me the best ideas to work with! Thanks!

  40. Wendi Blue Chaddick says:

    Very cute idea!

  41. I love the urns. Are they plastic? What size are they?

    1. Hi Annette. I have two urns that don’t match exactly, but they’re awfully close. One is made from a thick, heavy plastic’ish material and the other is made from something quite a bit heavier. It isn’t concrete though – not sure exactly what it is. I’m sorry that I can’t give you the exact measurements since the urns are in storage right now, but I’d say they’re roughly 24″ tall.

  42. Marti Bowland says:

    5 stars
    Love your design. In Montana, real pumpkins freeze and thaw and rot here so trying something new. I have the two urns and one pumpkin. Any suggestion for keeping the fake pumpkins seated during wind storms?

    1. I’m sorry for taking so long to reply – I just found that there was a technical issue on the backend of my blog that was preventing me from seeing comments. This may seem crazy, but I’ve actually hot glued fake pumpkins in place to keep them from blowing away. It’s always easy for me to scrape the old glue away when I’m ready to store them after fall.

  43. Love the idea instead of mums but how can I keep them from blowing off since they are so light !

    1. My porch doesn’t get any wind, so that isn’t a problem for me. My suggestion would be to hot glue them in 3 or 4 places, then you can peel the glue off when you’re ready to remove them.