Hello there punkin!

Can you believe October is upon us already?  That means it is time to go pumpkin picking!  My fave…

Here is an out of the box use for a pumpkin.  It becomes a unique fall planter.  My SIL dubbed it a “mumkin”…can’t take credit for that one but I sure do love it!

Pick a large pumpkin.  Carve the top wide enough to fit a 4 inch or 6 inch plant.  Clean out the inside of the pumpkin and let it dry.

Once it is dry, insert the plant leaving it in its nursery pot.  It is really important that you leave the pot around the soil.  I learned the hard way a few years ago that if you plant the soil in the pumpkin it will rot almost immediately.  It is just too much moisture for the pumpkin.  Also remove the plant from the pumpkin when watering.  Let all of the water drain before re-planting.  Try not to get any excess water in the pumpkin.

Then the fun part…decorating!  I chose a chocolate brown satin ribbon to contrast with all of the orange.  You could use raffia or moss to finish it off or even decorate the pumpkin with glitter.

There you have a mumkin!  It makes the perfect fall centerpiece.

Check out the mini mumkin here!

71 thoughts on “mumkin

  1. Such a cute idea! You could also try it with one of the fake pumpkins you can carve and use it every year! I’m doing to do this!!

  2. Laughed out loud at the name (thanks SIL)– suits it to a “T”

    Mumkin!!!! R*O*T*F*L

    Visiting from Centsational Girl’s Linky Party today {It’s Fall Y’All}
    Smiles and thanks for sharing,
    ~Suzanne in NW Illinois

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  7. This is such a cute idea! I have a question though….my pumpkin rotted after just 4 days! I kept the mum in the planter just like you said. I bought a new pumpkin to give it another try. How long should I let the pumpkin dry out? Any other tips that you can give me? How long did your pumpkin last?

    • Hi Traci – Mine lasted exactly 2 weeks. Here are some additional tips…you have to really gut the pumpkin to get any moisture out. I scrape the last pieces with a spoon. Then I let it dry out for a half day or so. Keep your mumkin in a cool, dry place and preferably shady. If it is inside it will rot from the warmth. Rain and moisture will also make it rot sooner. Good luck! ~Dana

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    • I think it could certainly be done with a watermelon and I love the idea! Be sure to drain all of the moisture which is higher than a pumpkin BUT a watermelon has a sturdier exterior. LEt me know how it goes!

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  13. Dearest Courtney, I am working the opening day at Bates Nut Farm’s Pumpkin Patch and thanks to you I am gloing to make a Mumkin to decorate our table. Thanks for the great idea, love, Dana

  14. How long do these tend to last? Granted I follow the rules (put plant dish in pot and not plant it in soil and remove it to water)? Thanks! It is such a neat idea!

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  16. This is such a cute idea! But I think I will use a fake pumpkin. If you live in a high-humidity area (like I do) carved real pumpkins will only last a couple of days. I have friends in dryer climes who have no problems with their Jack-o-lanterns lasting 2 – 3weeks.

  17. I’m thinking of combining this with another Pinterest idea I saw…to keep pumpkins from rotting, use silica gel packs (the kind that come in shoes) to absorb moisture. Has anyone tried that?

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