Boho Style Halloween Jack-o-Lantern

Boho Style Halloween Jack-o-Lantern

Earlier this year as I worked on my Thrift the Look: Boho Decor blog post, I thrifted and collected a bunch of small terracotta pots. I’m not much of a gardener – indoors or outdoors – so the clay pots went back into the garage when I was done. But as October drew closer, I started to wonder how one would look as a Halloween jack-o-lantern.
Small terracotta pots or terracotta planters to become a halloween jack o lantern as boho decor

Now, a flower pot turned into a jack-o-lantern isn’t exactly a brand new idea. But I wanted to take it a step further by using a potted cactus as a pumpkin stem!

And as luck would have it, Michaels had a bunch of these columnar cactus and paddle cactus picks on clearance.

Columnar cactus or faux cactus from craft store to use as a pumpkin stem in clay flower pots

Crafting kismet, I tell you…now I just needed to find out if my Halloween jack-o-lantern idea was as cute in person as it was in my head. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Upcycling a Terracotta Pot into a Halloween Jack-o-Lantern

As you may remember from NUMEROUS projects of mine, I’m a big fan of using adhesive felt for a Halloween jack-o-lantern (or ghost!) face. It’s easy to use, found in any craft store, and is wonderfully opaque on any surface.

So, OF COURSE, I grabbed a sheet of it for my flower pot project!

Making a halloween jack o lantern on small terracotta pots with adhesive felt for the face

I’m also a fan of free-hand sketching a Halloween jack-o-lantern face, as it reminds me of the imperfect pumpkin carvings my mom and I would do when I was a kid. So, I flipped the adhesive felt over and went to work with a pencil.

Sketching out a jack o lantern face on the back of adhesive felt to stick on a terracotta planter

Next, I cut out the pieces and sized them accordingly to the small terracotta pot that I was working with.

Small terracotta pot as a halloween jack o lantern with a face made from adhesive felt

No waiting for paint to dry, no crooked paint lines…that’s the beauty of using adhesive felt for projects like that! Because in a matter of moments, my Halloween jack-o-lantern was done and ready to be “planted”.

Potted cactus as boho style decor for Halloween with a jack o lantern face on a terracotta flower pot

So, I grabbed a columnar cactus and pressed it into a piece of wet floral foam. I set that into my terracotta planter and grabbed some dried black beans – aka, my “potting soil”.

Filling a small terracotta pot with black beans and a potted cactus as a pumpkin stem for Halloween decor

Boho Style Halloween Jack-o-Lantern with a Potted Cactus

And just like that, I had a delightfully easy and awfully cute Halloween jack-o-lantern. You could say…I had made…a “jack-o-planter”!

Halloween jack o lantern with a potted cactus in a clay flower pot for Boho home decor

The potted cactus was PERFECT as a pumpkin stem!

Obviously, I wasn’t going to stop at one. So, I made a family of Boho style jack-o-lanterns. Aren’t they adorable? In literally minutes.

Boho decor for Halloween by using a potted cactus or columnar cactus as a pumpkin stem

If you’re a talented gardener, then real cactus would be wonderful! But I’m afraid I need to stick to the faux variety. Either way, I love my little Bohemian flower pots for Halloween decor!

Faux cactus in small terracotta pots as a halloween jack o lantern and bohemian home decor


And, I thought I’d give a little book update, too! I am cranking out projects left and right and am more than halfway finished with the projects I need. And I’ve kept it a secret until now, but the theme of the book is FLANNEL!

So, if you’ve loved my flannel projects in the past, then this book will be the ultimate guide to flannel crafts. Most of the projects will be super (and I mean SUPER) easy to create. Some will involve sewing, of course, but by no means all.

True confession: Our home looks like a lumberjack frat house with so many flannel shirts laying about!

I hope you are as excited as I am. A book on flannel crafts is truly a dream come true for me. I hope it will feel like a cozy, crafty hug when it comes out next year (Fall 2020).


If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for Halloween decor, then I think you’ll also love this Trick-or-Treat Halloween candy stand. You won’t BELIEVE what’s under there!

Craft on!


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Boho decor for Halloween with potted cactus in a flower pot with a jack o lantern face


  1. This is an adorable idea!

  2. I love your boho pumpkins, what a very cool idea! Thanks for sharing more about your book, how very exciting.

  3. Mary Loveland says

    Those pots are so so cute! Well done! Can’t wait for your book, flannel is a favorite of mine!

  4. Claire Armstrong says

    OMG this is such a cute and fun idea I love it!

  5. These are ADORABLE!

  6. OMG – so cute! These are Boho perfection for Halloween decor. Love them!


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