Quick and Easy Fall Decor

Today I am excited to welcome  a guest poster – my friend Dawn Nelson.  She’s the one that brought me that cute basket full of the ingredients for Apple Dip.

This week Dawn emailed me with a cute fall decorating idea she put together and I asked if she would share with all of you!   She has provided a tutorial on how she put this quick and easy fall decoration together!

I went out today and purchased a mum (on sale for $1.00 at the grocery store – think they were getting tired of watering them) and picked a pumpkin out of our own backyard pumpkin patch  to make my own pumpkin cachepot but it didn’t get done.

I forgot Jim was out of town and my texture issues prevent me from scooping out the goop in the pumpkin!!  That’s Jim’s job!  Mine will have to wait until he gets back in town.

But here’s a picture of Dawn’s darling front porch.  Thanks for sharing Dawn!


 1. Select a pumpkin with a flat bottom, and test it for size by holding the
potted plant next to it. You want the pot to sit completely unnoticed inside
the pumpkin.

2.  Using a knife or a pumpkin cutter, carefully cut the top off the pumpkin so the hole is slightly bigger than the pot. I don’t do anything fancy, although you COULD scallop cut the edge.
3. Scoop out seeds and the pumpkin flesh

4. Set the plant inside.
5. Don’t forget to water the plants.

Cabbages and chrysanthemums look especially colorful, and white pumpkins look really unusual.

Notes:  A few drainage hole in the bottom of the pumpkin will make them last longer. Also, a couple of years ago I realized that pumpkins rot way faster if you set them directly on cement, so I put a couple small slats of wood under them.

Do you have a quick and easy fall decor idea to share?  Leave a comment or email me via my contact page with your idea and a picture if you have it and maybe you’ll be my next guest poster!

Meet Dawn:  I have been married to Don for 19 years. Our names prove to be confusing especially when someone calls and asks for one us. I have two children. Olivia, 17,  and Drew who is 14.  I have taught kindergarten for 26 years (yikes I’m old!) and most days I enjoy it as much as I did 26 years ago.  I started a business called Sew Much Fun for Kids about 23 years ago and I have taught hundreds of girls and boys to sew. Leigh Anne was my inspiration when I first started since she was one of the few people in Portland teaching children to sew.

I began cooking, sewing and knitting around the age of 10.  My philosophy of cooking began with a Julia Child phase ( I received her first cookbook at age 16) and now can be summed up more accurately with “Dinner in 30 minutes or less”  I enjoy all types of  crafts, including decorating, scrap booking, sewing, and of course projects for kids. I love to garden, read and go on walks.

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    Have you tried wearing medical gloves for the texture problems? We always keep a box in the house. They help with changing kids, as well as cutting up raw chicken or stripping a cooked chicken carcass…and might come in handy when I have to stick my own hand inside a pumpkin!

  2. Heather says

    What a great idea Dawn! How funny — I thought Dawn’s name sounded familiar! I just met Dawn for the first time just over a week ago. My daughter Hannah and Drew have been friends the last couple of years in Middle School. Dawn picked up Drew at my home after he & Hannah worked on a school project together. She was so friendly and we realized that we had a friend connection then (Rhonda Carpenter)….and now…..Leigh Anne! It is sure a small world! Now I am off to be festive with your cute ideas!!!!!

  3. Kellie says

    These pumpkin flowers are soo creative, I want to do it, but I Have a question???? For the non-gardner…. do I take the flowers/plants out of the original plastic pot before placing into pumpkin? Thanks for the idea, and the help with me creating my own plant-pumpkin

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