Mums the Word: Straw Tote Pumpkin Planter

Mums the Word: Straw Tote Pumpkin Planter

Sometimes I go to the thrift store and come away empty-handed, bummed out, and treasure-less. But then there are those magical times when I walk in and immediately have a “near-craft experience”. And by that, I mean I spot a thrifty treasure and know what I plan to do with it…immediately! That, my friends, is what happened when I walked up to this faded orange and black straw tote bag.

Orange and black straw tote bag at thrift store for repurpose upcycle as Halloween pumpkin porch decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

An orange & black tote bag in October? Get in my cart!

If it weren’t October, I probably would have walked on by- an orange beach bag isn’t really my thing! But when the air is crisp and I’m feeling all Halloween-y inside, then an orange and black straw tote is going in the cart! Why? Because the more I stared at it- with its curved handle and round buckles- the more I saw a jack-o-lantern face. And that’s when I decided to repurpose it into a jack-o-lantern porch planter for some autumn mums. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Orange and black straw tote bag at thrift store for repurpose upcycle as Halloween pumpkin porch decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s do this!

Before I could repurpose it into a planter, though, it needed an actual jack-o-lantern face. So I grabbed our utility knife and carefully sliced off the threads that held the handles and hardware on the straw.

Orange and black straw tote bag at thrift store for repurpose upcycle as Halloween pumpkin porch decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

My orange canvas…

Using wide painter’s tape, I create a jack-o-lantern face template that I arranged (and re-arranged) on the tote bag until I was satisfied.

DIY Halloween porch decor with repurposed straw tote bag as jack-o-lantern pumpkin planter for mums by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

That face will do…

I carefully marked the straw at the corners of each piece with a black marker, and then peeled off the tape. Then, I stuck the tape pieces on black peel-and-stick felt and cut them out.

DIY Halloween porch decor with repurposed straw tote bag as jack-o-lantern pumpkin planter for mums by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I like where this is going…

Even though I was using the sticky felt, I still dabbed a bit of quick-dry craft glue under the corners to ensure they’d stay put. Then I lined up each piece with the tiny marker marks on the bag and glued them in place. Isn’t he adorable??

DIY Halloween porch decor with repurposed straw tote bag as jack-o-lantern pumpkin planter for mums by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

LOVE! Just the cutest.

Then I went to a nearby store and picked up the prettiest mums I could find! And these Pele mums were gorgeous and already blooming- perfection.

Halloween pumpkin jack-o-lantern mum planter for porch using an upcycle thrift store orange straw tote bag by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!

I added a few handfuls of river rocks to the bottom of the tote bag, too, which will help anchor it on our porch. I don’t usually do a big “Fall Porch” vignette, but I’m just delighted with our jack-o-lantern straw tote planter! In fact…I think it’s more of a…

Jack-o-Planter !!

Halloween pumpkin jack-o-lantern mum planter for porch using an upcycle thrift store orange straw tote bag by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Greeting everyone who comes by…

Now I think I’ll go get a few pumpkins to round out our porch décor! I’m thinking I’ll get some of those unusual green and white pumpkins that are oddly shaped- like something out of Alice in Wonderland. Happy Fall, y’all! And if you’re looking for more Repurposed/Upcycled Halloween project ideas, check out my full collection here!

Craft on!

S


PIN ME!Halloween pumpkin jack-o-lantern mum planter for porch using an upcycle thrift store orange straw tote bag by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. Brilliant! Love it!

  2. Oh, my goodness! What a creative and adorable planter. I am so charmed by it! I don’t usually have those immediate crafting inspirations. Most often I have to percolate about repurposing an item before I have that light bulb moment.

  3. This is so cute!

  4. LOVE this too pieces!
    Thanks for sharing your talent and creativty with us today at TOHOT!
    Jemma

  5. Your ingenuity constantly amazes me! Sharing this one. Visiting from Vintage Charm.

  6. Oh my goodness, this is so clever, when it popped in my inbox I had to come and Pin!!!
    Have a great day!
    Karren

  7. Well, if that doesn’t get you into the Halloween mood, I don’t know what will. It’s great!

  8. This is so cute and I love that it can be used again next year.

  9. CUTE CUTE CUTE! 😉

  10. Kimberley A Mason says:

    I absolutely adore this! Very crafty love it. thanks for sharing, you inspire me.

  11. divaofdiy says:

    I love the way your mind thinks! Your projects are always so darn cute and amazing!

  12. That is so cool!

  13. chris aka monkey says:

    sarah your mind is like a steel trap f ideas, this is awesome xx

  14. So cute! Love that I am seeing some orange……Lisa@ Sweet Tea N’ Salty Air

  15. Lucky find! I thought it looked like Halloween too, but you made it so cute with the face!

  16. “Near craft experience” so funny. Nothing funny about the end result though, very classy.

  17. …just adorable…and all it needs… couple of the beautiful Cinderella pumpkins sitting beside it…love this and I am looking for an orange tote now. 🙂 Here from Poofing….

  18. Absolutely brilliant! I love this! Very nice.

  19. Darling! Great idea!

  20. This is so clever…and looks wonderful!

  21. First time visitor. I love it. I would never if thought of using a tote for a planter. Now I fine myself hoping to run into a seasonal tote in the future. Thanks for sharing.

  22. What a cute idea! It really makes your porch.

  23. This is so cute and I never would have thought to repurpose a straw bag in this way!

  24. This just makes me smile: ““near-craft experience”.

  25. This is so cute! I would have totally just walked by that bag. I love this transformation. Thanks for sharing on the Family Joy Blog Link Party! 🙂

    >> Christene
    Keys to Inspiration

  26. Sarah – You amaze me! You walk into the Goodwill and see something unique in an item the rest of us see and go – oh my! You truly have a creative mind! I love this pumpkin and all the other ideas you share! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  27. I am completely amazed that this was once a purse! Great job!
    Thanks for sharing with us this week at the Merry Monday link party!
    We hope to see you again next week!
    Kate | TheOrganizedDream.com

  28. Clever! now I’ll have to be on the look out for purses like this, I can spray paint them different colors for the seasons. Thanks for sharing!

  29. Super cute!

  30. “Near-Craft Experiences”, what a perfect description! This was certainly a trash to treasure project and you always give me new ideas for thrifting. Thanks so much for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story.

  31. So adorable and clever! Thanks for linking up to the Creative Exchange this week! Holly

  32. I love everything about this project! So clever! Pinned and sharing. Thank you for linking up to Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party this week!

  33. Sarah, your jack o planter is too cute!! You’re so very creative!

  34. Adorable. I love how you think! Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party!

  35. Sarah, Congratulations, you are going to be a Featured Contributor on Your Inspired Design LInk Party #57, October 13. We love that you join us and contribute.

  36. You are a master at up cycles!! Love this 😉 Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight Party Pinned & shared.

  37. What a brilliant idea! Love it!

  38. You are so cleaver girl. I love this idea and you scored in this deal. I love it and so happy you shared at Dishing it and Digging it link party. Hope you stop by this coming Sunday.

  39. Oh my gosh…this is so cute! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  40. I love this, Sarah! I think Google is going to see an uptick in “orange straw tote” searches! Just letting you know I’ll be featuring your tote tonight on Best of the Weekend!

  41. AJ Bodine says:

    Wow, this is awesome..now I’m on the lookout for a big ugly tote bag at the thrift store!

  42. What a clever DIY. So crafty! It’s a feature this week at Welcome Home Wednesdays! Congrats! See you tomorrow.

  43. Leslie Grother says:

    I cherish people like you so talented. You make my black and white world so colorful..

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Leslie, thank you so very much for the kind words. I really needed them today as a few other commenters were not nearly as nice. So thank you, thank you.

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