Hello everyone! We recently made these topsy turvy Jack-O'-Lanterns and can you guess what we used to make them?
If you guessed cheap, plastic trick-or-treating pails then you are correct! These came from Walmart and they were only $1 each.
I started playing around with painting this one. I first painted it with some white latex paint that I already had and that certainly wasn't the look I was going for so I then painted it with some orange chalk paint that I had on hand. What I had at that point was a color that looked quite a bit like orange sherbet! So I pulled out some bronze metallic glaze and then it kept getting better and better, but it still a little too red for me. So the last thing I did was to add some gold leaf Rub n' Buff here and there.
Ah, perfect! So I drilled a few holes in the bottom and plopped in an orange mum and the trick-or-treat pail was instantly turned into a cute Jack-O'-Lantern planter! Well, not really instantly because I had to wait for all those paint layers to dry so perhaps I should say that it was fairly easy to turn the pail into a fall planter!
So then I got the idea to make a topsy turvy planter (y'all know how much I love topsy turvy things, don't ya?) by painting the pails 3 different colors. One of them I spray painted green and then added metallic copper paint and some gold leaf Rub n' Buff. Another one I painted in a similar way as I did the original one, and the third one I painted a sunshine yellow color with some gold metallic paint on top with just a little gold leaf Rub n' Buff added.
So once they were dry, Leo cut a hole in the bottom of each one so we could insert a wooden stake into it. (We have plenty of wooden tomato stakes lying around!)
Since we were putting the topsy turvy pumpkins in some black urns, we judged how long the stake needed to be and then Leo cut it off so it wouldn't stick out of the top.
Here they are looking just as cute as can be, unplanted.
But since I wanted to use them as planters, I filled the bottom of each one with packing peanuts so that they wouldn't be so heavy with soil, added a little potting soil, and then tucked in some small mums.
I added a little moss which looks a bit like hair, doesn't it?
I just love the combination of colors!
Every time I pass them by they just make me smile!
They really brighten up the front of the house and can be seen from the road. Oh, and do you see the large, green plants? There are 2 matching black urns under them that you can't see!
Those are sweet potato vines that keep growing and growing kinda like Jack and the Beanstalk vines!
They're even growing up the front steps, which contributes a little spookiness, don't ya think? This white pumpkin started growing in our compost bin early this summer, and I transferred it to the garden so it could continue to grow. I'm so surprised that it had lasted this long. We have some other pumpkins growing in the garden that aren't ready yet.
So in the meantime, I have my topsy turvy Jack-O'-Lanterns to amuse me!