Halloween Porch Decorations with a Straw Tote

Halloween Porch Decorations with a Straw Tote

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’s what happened when I spotted this straw tote and knew it was destined to become the Halloween porch decorations of my dreams.

Straw tote or orange tote bag at thrift store for upcycling into Halloween decor

If it weren’t October, I probably would have walked on by- an orange tote 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 upcycle it into Halloween porch decorations to hold Halloween flowers (aka, mums)!

Refashioning a straw tote into a Halloween jack o lantern for the front porch

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Upcycling a Straw Tote as a Halloween Jack-o-Lantern

Before I could repurpose it into a jack-o-lantern for my front porch, 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 tote.

Removing the handles and straps from a straw tote for Halloween basket ideas

Next, I created a template of a jack-o-lantern face using wide painter’s tape. This allowed me to arrange and re-arrange it on the straw tote until I was satisfied.

Upcycling an orange tote bag into a Halloween jack o lantern for porch decor

I carefully marked the straw tote at the corners of each piece of tape with a black marker, and then peeled off the face.

Then, I stuck the tape pieces on black peel-and-stick felt and cut them out.

Making a jack o lantern face on tote bag with black felt and fabric glue

I know, I know – SO complicated and SO technical! (wink, wink, wink)

Even though I was using adhesive 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.

And that was it! The straw tote was now a Halloween jack-o-lantern and ready to hold some Halloween flowers on the front porch.

Halloween porch decorations with a straw tote as a Halloween jack o lantern

Halloween Porch Decorations by Upcycling a Straw Tote

Finally, I went to a nearby garden store and picked up the prettiest mums I could find! I chose Pele mums for their orange and yellow hues – like the colors of a lit-up jack-o-lantern.

After adding a few small river rocks to the bottom of the straw tote, I simply tucked the existing pots inside. Doesn’t get any easier than that!

Halloween porch decorations with Halloween flowers by refashioning an orange tote bag

I don’t usually do much when it comes to Halloween porch decorations, but I made an exception for my Halloween jack-o-lantern. In fact…I think he’s more of a…

JACK-O-PLANTER!

Halloween flowers in a straw tote from the thrift store as Halloween porch decorations

Now I think I’ll go get a few pumpkins to round out our Halloween porch decorations! 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!

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for Halloween porch decor, then you’ll love this Halloween sign from a Victorian lamp post, too!

Victorian lamp post that was upcycled into Halloween porch decorations with a Halloween sign by Sadie Seasongoods

And don’t forget to check out this fabric pumpkin idea for Bandana pumpkins, too!

Bandana pumpkin or fabric pumpkin for primitive Halloween decor or primitive country decor for Halloween by Sadie Seasongoods

Craft on!

S

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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. 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……[email protected] 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. 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..

  44. That is so cute!! I love how creative it is!

  45. This is brilliant! When you posted the purse on social media I figured it was going to be part of a Halloween costume. Oh I so love this idea better.

  46. This tote was waiting on you to bring it home!

  47. So fun & clever! Thanks for sharing @ Vintage Charm!

  48. This is adorable!!!!

  49. How cute! I will have to share. Hugs, Linda on Poinsettia Drive poinsettiadr.com

  50. This is such a fun way to upcycle that old tote. It certainly isn’t a color you can go with all year long, but for Autumn it is perfect.

  51. As always just a beautiful project!!!!!!!!!

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