I recently saw an adorable DIY cement jack-o-lantern planter on Instagram. I decided immediately that I had to give it a try! They are just too cute! However, I had the hardest time locating those jack-o-lantern candy buckets that used to be so easy to find. I know they are typically available at Target, Walmart, and even the Dollar Tree. I had to order some off Ebay because all of my local stores were sold out!
Once I got my jack-o-lanterns, I needed the cement. For the first go around I used Quickcrete. However, we found that the rocks made our project too bumpy and ruined the design of the jack-o-lantern!
So, on our second go around we used concrete leveling. This gave us a much smoother finish, but was much more expensive! You could stick with the concrete for a cheaper project, but sift out the chunky rocks! If I were to do this again, I think that is what I would do!
What you need:
- Jack-O-Lantern buckets
- Bucket to mix the concrete in
- Quickcrete or concrete leveling (found at your local Home Depot or Lowes)
- A mixer
- A red-solo cup or similar container
- Box cutter/ scissors
Steps to Make A Concrete Jack-O-Lantern
- Get some plastic jack-o-lantern buckets and cut off the handle! Make sure to grab the ones that have the indented facial features!
- Spray down the inside of the buckets with PAM or another non-stick agent.
- Mix the concrete with some water. You want the mixture to be the consistency of a pancake batter!
- Pour the mixture into the jack-o-lantern bucket! Fill up to about half-way on the eyes. (When you add the hole for the planter, the concrete will displace and fill to the top!)
- Take your red solo cup, or other container, press it into the middle of the jack-o-lantern. Use rocks to weigh it down.
- Wait 24 – 36 hours for the concrete to dry.
- Use a box cutter / scissors to cut the jack-o-lantern bucket out from around the cement.
- Rip out the red solo cup!
- Style your planter with some mums or other fall plant!