Easy Fall Crafts: Jack O’ Lantern Planters for your Garden Mums

Halloween is around the corner and it is time to have some festive fun with your family. Celebrate together and get crafty for the season! Put on your costumes, make some apple cider, and explore the possibilities with this easy fall craft. Make Jack O’ Lantern Pumpkins with terra cotta pottery for your garden mums!


terra cotta pottery

To get started, you will need the following supplies for this fall craft project:

  • Terra Cotta Pottery
  • Garden Mums
  • Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil
  • Kid-Friendly Craft Paint
  • Paint Brushes and Pencil
  • Garden Gloves and Hand Shovel

garden mums in containers




garden mum in jack o lantern planter

First, wipe off your terra cotta pots for clean painting and figure out the perfect place to paint the face.

draw jack o lantern faces on pots

Start drawing the eyes, nose, and mouth in your favorite Jack O’ Lantern style. Make the face spooky, silly, or sweet! Try adding eyelashes for a darling touch! Its up to you!

paint the jack o lantern faces

Next, start painting! Dab your paint brush into the black paint and start filling in the different areas of your Jack O’ Lantern’s face.

painting jack o lantern face on pottery

After you are finished, give the paint a moment to dry and examine if you need to add a second coat of paint.

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Once all your Jack O’ Lantern faces are created, allow them to dry completely before starting to plant!




garden mum blooms up close

Garden mums are a fall perennial favorite. They add gorgeous cool season color to your landscape and can return year after year. They are a relatively low-maintenance plant and do well in flowerbeds, containers, and mass plantings.

Garden mums prefer full sunlight and can grow to be about 20 inches tall. Garden mums thrive in adverse conditions and do well in cooler weather.

garden mum plant tag

Save your plant tags for a quick and easy reference on care tips and other important plant information.

How – To Plant Your Garden Mums in Containers

First, garden mums need a well-draining soil like, Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil. Fill the container with potting soil, leaving room for your plant. Remove your plant from its plastic container and gently break up the root ball.

Add your plant to the container and water in thoroughly, allowing the water to drain through the drain hole. Add additional potting soil if needed.

orange garden mum in jack o lantern planter

Water again when the soil feels dry and try watering in the morning to allow the foliage to dry off before nightfall.




jack o lantern planters with mums

Your planters are now complete! It is time to decorate for Halloween! Display each family member’s creation in your yard and admire the playful faces and beautiful colors!

jack o lantern planters on display

Pair your planters with real pumpkins or other Autumn Harvest goodies or Halloween décor!

To keep your garden mums vibrant, feed as directed with Calloway’s Premium Flower Food. Our 12-4-8 specialized formula contains nitrogen, Fx Iron®, phosphate, and other key ingredients to help your flower bloom with big, bold color!




Get fall ready with ease! At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we have convenient ways to shop for your home and garden! Our open-air stores are here for you to enjoy, try shopping online, or you can call our store nearest you and place an order over the phone for Curbside Pickup!

jack o lantern planters easy fall crafts

Questions about plant care, availability, or quantities of plants? Call our store nearest you! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are here to help with your planting needs!

Share your Jack O’ Lantern Planters with us on our Facebook page or Instagram and use hashtag #CALLOWAYSNURSERY or #CORNELIUSNURSERY! We love to see what you grow and create!