Scared Pumpkin

I had an old terracotta planter that I wanted to reuse and thought that it would be perfect for creating a jack-o-lantern face. I wanted him to look afraid of my other Halloween decorations so I planting tall grass in the pot to give him more of a scared look. You can also put mums or other fall flowers in the planter if you want to create a kooky face with fun hair. Place the planter on a small bale of hay, add some mini pumpkins and you have a perfect decoration for fall.

Difficulty – Medium


  • Terracotta planter
  • Pumpkin color outdoor acrylic paint
  • Black outdoor acrylic paint
  • Sponge paint brush
  • Oasis floral foam
  • Floral moss
  • Tall grass (available at craft stores)


  1. Using the foam brush, paint the terracotta pot with the orange paint and the foam brush. Use up and down strokes to give the pot the bands like a pumpkin. Only apply one coat. Let dry.
  2. Draw a scared pumpkin face with a pencil on the terracotta planter.
  3. Paint the face with black indoor/outdoor acrylic paint. It may need 2 or 3 coats to cover evenly. Let dry.
  4. Cut a piece of oasis to fit inside the planter. Arrange the grass in the planter to give it the look of hair standing straight up.
  5. Arrange the moss around the grass to fill in the holes and to stabilize the grass.

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