Generally I will buy oodles of garden mums and use those for my pumpkin planters, but if I find something else that is pretty and on sale - it's a keeper for me!
- Cut all the way around the stem end of the pumpkin a few inches down from the top with a sharp knife.
- Pierce the flesh of the pumpkin with the pointed end of the knife, following with a back-and-forth slicing motion to cut through the thick, tough skin.
- Make an opening large enough to place a flowerpot inside the cavity.
- Remove and reserve the stem-cap portion of the pumpkin.
- Scoop out the seeds and pulp from inside the pumpkin using a large spoon.
- Cut a small drainage hole near the bottom of the pumpkin.
- Place a potted chrysanthemum, indoor plant or colorful potted annual inside the cavity. If the plant sits too low, add recycled material such as crumpled aluminum foil or an upturned plastic container to raise the plant. If the plant is too high, hide the exposed portion of the pot with decorative moss or dried grass.