Pumpkin Bucket Planter – Make it Yourself! DIY Outdoor Décor for Thanksgiving

What’s inside: Need some new DIY outdoor décor for the Thanksgiving season?  I’ve got it right here – a Pumpkin Bucket Planter.  This is so easy to make (I don’t even feel right calling this a tutorial) and looks great outside.  Read on to see how to make your own.

An Unexpected Road Trip

I always like to start a post off with a story.  And usually the story relates to the post.  Well, when sitting down to write this post today, I was stumped.  What story would mesh with my Pumpkin Bucket Planter?  So I thought about the time my parents, my sister, and I went on an impromptu road trip and ended up at a corn maze. I clearly remember how much fun we had and could even see the pictures we took in my mind, but I could not remember the details.  So, of course, I called my mom. And then I searched in the coat closet through all of the photo albums and scrapbooks for the scrapbook page I made to commemorate that day. Now, I made this scrapbook page 20 years (gah!) ago when the “Scrapbook” aisle at AC Moore consisted of only some funky-edge scissors and a few rows of patterned paper.

Picture this – Pennsylvania, November 1997.  I was 20 and home for the weekend from college.  My sister Michelle was also home for the weekend from her job in New York City.

Insert Scooby Doo squiggly lines here. I couldn’t find the Scooby Doo flashback squiggly lines, but this will do:

It All Started with Lunch

It was a lovely day and my mom wanted to eat at a Cracker Barrel restaurant.  We did not have one close at the time, so we had to drive to a different county to get to one.  We ate and after our very nice lunch, my mom decided that we needed to buy some pumpkins.  We must have been planning some outdoor Thanksgiving décor.  That is the point where everything fell apart.

A Trip to Buy Pumpkins Turns into an Excursion to…

My dad, in his infinite wisdom (which is usually spot-on), “knew” where we could buy some pumpkin, so we headed out and proceeded to get lost – I mean really lost.  Now, when my sister and I were together (after I grew up), we had a blast together and one of our favorite things to do was make fun of our parents.  And this road trip was no exception.  My parents were in the front of the car and we were in the back.  I don’t remember exactly what we said, but I do remember laughing – a lot.  I’m sure we gave my dad a hard time for getting us lost and probably gave my mom a hard time for getting us into the situation in the first place.  Of course, it was all in good fun.

As we continued to look for the fantasy pumpkin patch, we found a corn maze and decided to stop.  Now, remember, this was 20 years ago and at that time, we had never even heard of a corn maze.  So, we thought, “what the heck? Let’s give it a try.”  This was the epitome of all corn mazes.  When we entered, the staff gave us poles with flags on the end for us to use to signal the employees if we were too lost.  And along our way through the maze we saw numerous “lifeguard towers” overlooking the maze to make sure all were safe.  Certainly, I do not remember how long we were in that maze but at the time it felt like a lifetime.  We were lost for the second time that day.  Obviously, we found our way out of the maze and eventually returned home safely.  But, needless to say, we never bought those pumpkins!

Now, On With The Show

Pumpkin Bucket Planter - How To

I saw a couple of different types of these planters over the internet in the last few weeks.  I had made a single Pumpkin Bucket Planter a few years ago, so I decided to just add-on to it.  I pulled it down from the attic, luckily found the same spray paint I had used, and picked up 2 additional pumpkin buckets.  This is a super simple project – the hardest part is waiting for the paint to dry.


3 Pumpkin buckets

Spray paint – primer, color, and sealer

Thanksgiving–themed flowers, leaves, picks, etc.

Sand or rocks to fill the bottom bucket

Pumpkin bucket planter - materials

Prepare Pumpkin Buckets and Then Paint

Since I already had one pumpkin bucket painted, I only had to prep and paint 2.  I started by removing the handle, then sanding the outside just enough for the paint to adhere.

Pumpkin bucket planter - sanding

Now, I planned to prime, then paint, then seal my pumpkin buckets. But, all 3 cans of primer I had did not work.  I really did not feel like running out to get a new can of primer, so I scratched that step (I will probably regret that decision next year).  Remember – do as I say, not as I do!

As a result, I just sprayed 2 coats of my color and then coated with a sealer.  Since I was not able to prime my buckets, my paint peeled a little when putting everything together.  The peeling was not drastic but I still recommend you prime your buckets first – they will probably last longer that way.

Pumpkin bucket planter - spray painting

Once my pumpkin buckets were dry, I put them together.  However, before you put them together I suggest you fill the bottom bucket with sand or rocks.  This will make the planter more stable and, if you are putting it outside, less likely to blow away.  I did not do this – please learn from my mistake (the second one in this project).

I realized that I should have done this after the planter was completely finished.  It was so light and tipped over easily.  Although I really hate to admit I was wrong and also ask for help, I called Hubby and he came to the rescue.  He brought home some sand from work.  We drilled a hole in the back and filled the bottom bucket with sand using a funnel.  I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS METHOD!  This was time-consuming and a true pain-in-the-neck.

Assembling The Planter

The nice feature on these buckets is the bottom – it has a sort-of ledge that fits right into the top hole of the other bucket.  This makes them so easy to put together.

Pumpkin bucket planner

Consequently, I glued the buckets together matching the top of the bottom bucket with the bottom ledge of the top bucket. Did I say that right?

Pumpkin bucket planter - gluing together

When I had the buckets glued together, I filled in the gaps with hot glue to make sure that I had a secure bond.

Pumpkin bucket planter - filling in the gaps

Make Your Pumpkin Bucket Planter Pretty

After your pumpkin bucket planter is together, you can fill the top and decorate it any way you want.  I had a fake mum in the original bucket from a few years ago so I used that as a starting point.  To fill in the holes, I added some floral picks, dried baby’s breath, and leaves.  I also tied some raffia where the buckets are attached to cover the glue and the peeling paint.  And lastly, I took it outside to my Thanksgiving display (can you see my kids’ basketballs and super-huge Frisbee in the background? I guess I need to start putting all of those things away for the winter!)

Pumpkin Bucket Planter - Outdoor Decor

Pumpkin bucket planter filled with harvest goodies

That’s it – easy peasy!  I put this together in an afternoon (not counting the extra time I needed to add the sand) and I think it really adds some shimmer to my outdoor Thanksgiving display.

How are you planning to decorate your outdoor areas for the Thanksgiving season?  Do you have a favorite item from seasons past or are you going to DIY a new one?  Let me know in the comments below.

Make a pumpkin bucket planter to Add a Little Shimmer to your life today.

Nicole Warren-Missimer

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Halloween candy

What Should I Do With My LEFTOVER Halloween Candy? I’ll tell you…Donate it to our deployed military troops!

What’s inside:

Don’t know what to do with all of that leftover Halloween candy?  I have the answer right here!  Donate it to our deployed military troops.  Do something good and remove those  chocolate and sweet temptations.  I’ll tell you how below.

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A Love for Candy

I have posted before in my Witch Hat Door Hanger Tutorial that I really like Halloween. But I haven’t really thought about the true reason behind it.  Well, here it is:  I LOVE candy! – I guess if something is bad for me (tv, candy, etc), I love it. And I do not discriminate – I will eat just about any kind of candy – and Halloween candy is the best.  When the boys return from trick-or-treating, they have a buffet of sinful treats.  The choices are endless (well, almost) and I make many, many choices.

Halloween Candy

Too Much Candy?!

Plus, having the candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters ahead of time has been problematic.  So, I have had to change my Halloween buying tactics over the last few years.  When we first got married, I bought the candy that I liked a week or so before Halloween.  Then, I would end up eating most of it before trick-or-treating and have to buy more.

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Click to watch ABC’s American Housewife eat her hidden Halloween candy

When I finally figured out that buying candy ahead of time was not working for my waistline (yes, I can be a little slow on the uptake).  So, I started waiting to buy the Halloween candy until the last

Halloween candy

-minute (sometimes even on Halloween day – you do get good sales this way). But, this didn’t control my candy intake either.  I just had less time to gorge myself.  Now I have found an approach that works (so far): I buy candy that trick-or-treaters will like, but is not tempting to me.  The trick-or-treaters are happy and so is my mid-section.

Leftover Halloween Candy

But, Halloween candy still poses a challenge – leftover candy.  This is the bane of my existence.  Since I do not buy candy that I like, I do not have that temptation. But, we have the boys’ candy.  We eat the candy that we care for (giving the boys sugar highs and me an increasing waistline), but then have a basket full of candy that no one in the house is going to eat.

Community Service to the Rescue

So, this year I decided that we needed to do something different.  During one of my Pinterest sessions (yes, I spend so much time on Pinterest that each time becomes a session), I came across Operation Gratitude.  After the boys volunteered at the City Thrift Shop this summer, they have been interested in community service – and this is the perfect fit!

Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude “…sends 200,000+ care packages filled with food, entertainment, hygiene, and handmade items, plus personal letters of appreciation to Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits,  Wounded Heroes, their Care Givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home.”  How awesome is that!  Considering my dad is a Navy man and proud veteran, supporting the military has always been important to my family.

Halloween candy

One of the ways Operation Gratitude obtains donations for care packages is their annual Halloween Candy GIVE-Back CollectionEach year they collect and donate sweet treats for our deployed troops and first responders. Last year they received and distributed 533,891 pounds of candy – amazing, right?!

If you are interested in donating your candy to Operation Gratitude, you have 3 options.

We do not have a local Candy Give-Back location so we are going to send our own package.  I am planning to fill a flat-rate box, but Skater Boy just told me that he is not trick-or-treating this year (yeah, we’ll see).  As a result,I might not fill the box I am planning to use.

So, if you live in the Reading/Berks, PA area and have some leftover Halloween candy you want to add to my package, leave a comment or send an email.  If I have enough space in the box, I will gladly include your donation.

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Other Ways to Help

Donating our leftover Halloween candy is the way to go for my family this year – how about you?  But support is not limited to donating Halloween candy alone.  On their website, Operation Gratitude has many different ways to aid their mission.  I am still looking at their wish list items to see if my family can help in other ways.

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Crafters Needed!

And, if you are a crafter like me, Operation Gratitude is always looking for handmade items (knit/crochet scarves, paracord survival bracelets, bandana cool ties, etc.).  I am planning to make some Handmade with Love Drawstring Bags (you can make 8 bags from ½ yard of fabric and they are really easy to make) to round out our Halloween candy donation box.

Halloween candy

If you plan to send any donation to Operation Gratitude, complete a donor form and mail to:  Operation Gratitude, 21100 Lassen Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311.

What do you plan to do with your leftover Halloween candy this year?  Ever think about sending it to the troops?  If you do send a donation, let me know in the comments below!

Add a Little Shimmer to your life today by doing some community service.

Nicole Warren-Missimer

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Halloween Planner Stickers Exclusive subscriber content!

I am just sharing a super-short post today.  But, Halloween is coming sooner than we all think.  And, since I really like Halloween and I love planner stickers, I had to put the 2 together – Halloween Planner Stickers!

Halloween Planner Stickers

But, I’m trying something different in this post (and I’m crossing my fingers it all works).  I am making these special planner stickers available to my email subscribers only!

Halloween Planner Stickers

Halloween Planner Stickers

These stickers are super cute and would add a little shimmer to your Halloween week!  I’ll be putting them in my planner later this afternoon.

To get your Halloween Planner Stickers, subscribe to my email list (and you must confirm your subscription).  When you receive the subscription confirmation thank you email, you will see a link to previous exclusive content – go to Halloween Planner Stickers.

Grab them now while you can!

Halloween Planner Sticker stats:  I made these stickers to fit the Erin Condren Vertical Life Planner (I try to get the measurements exact, but they may print smaller or larger).  If you have the horizontal planner of any other planner, feel free to resize to fit your planner.  Assortment of Halloween Celebration Elements images are free images created by Freepik from www.freepik.com.  I did crop, change contrast/brightness, etc. to fit my needs.  Also, the icons are from flaticon.com.  Television and storm cloud icons made by Prosymbols , first aid kit, spoon & fork, grocery cart, trash container, recycle symbol, slow cooker, cooking pan, hair, scissors, take out, skateboard, and planner icons made by Freepik,  Vacuum cleaner icon made by Creaticca Creative Agency, and cloud, cloudy, and sun icon made by Iconnice – all from www.flaticon.com
These planner stickers are my personal creation. Please do not sell them.  If you would like to share them on your blog or website, I only ask that you give me credit and a link to this blog post.  Thank you!

How are you adding shimmer to your Halloween?  Let me know in the comments below.

Don’t forget to Add a Little Shimmer to your life today.

Nicole Warren-Missimer

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