Terracotta Jack-o-Lantern for a Boho Halloween

Terracotta Jack-o-Lantern for a Boho Halloween

Earlier this year as I worked on my Thrift the Look: Boho Decor blog post, I thrifted and collected a bunch of 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 terracotta jack-o-lantern.
Flower pots from the thrift store

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 an artificial 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.

Artificial cactus for Halloween flower pots

Crafting kismet, I tell you!

And besides, I already knew that a Halloween planter could be cute. I’ve done it before, but with a straw tote bag, after all

Upcycling a Straw Tote as a Halloween Planter

Now I just needed to find out if my terracotta jack-o-lantern would turn out as cute in person as it was in my head.

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Modern Halloween Decor with Terracotta Pots

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 terracotta jack-o-lanterns.

Adhesive felt to make a jack o lantern face on a terracotta flower pot

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.

Jack o lantern face for halloween flower pots

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

Boho Halloween decor with succulent pots

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 terracotta jack-o-lantern was done and ready to be “planted”.

Planting the faux cactus in halloween flower pots

So, I grabbed a columnar cactus and pressed it into a piece of wet floral foam. I set that into my terracotta jack-o-lantern and grabbed some dried black beans.

AKA, my “potting soil” for my Halloween flower pots.

Dried beans as vase filler for a fake cactus

And just like that, my terracotta jack-o-lantern was done! Well, the first one was…

Terracotta jack o lantern with a cactus for a stem

Terracotta Jack-o-Lantern for a Boho Halloween

Pretty quickly, I made two more Halloween flower pots to join my first one. Aren’t they adorable?

Boho halloween decor with terracotta jack o lanterns

And the artificial cactus was PERFECT as a pumpkin stem!

It’s such a fresh take on holiday decor. I don’t know if boho Halloween decor is a “thing”, but I think these definitely qualify!

Terracotta jack o lantern for boho Halloween

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 terracotta jack-o-lanterns for modern Halloween decor!

I’m also excited to announce that my first book is now available! If you enjoy upcycling clothing and simple sewing projects, then you will love my book on flannel crafts!

Craft book for flannel shirts

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!

Halloween trick or treat ideas with a candy bowl holder

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  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!

  7. Wow weee love this pinned


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