Easy Plastic Pumpkin Planter

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Those iconic black and orange plastic pumpkin candy buckets are good for more than just trick-or-treaters.

Use the candy buckets to decorate your front porch for Halloween. With just a little DIY magic, you can transform those $1 plastic buckets into planters. Brimming with fall mums, they make an unexpected addition to your outdoor décor.

A simple coat of spray paint dresses up the plastic buckets, giving them a more elegant—and neutral look. I chose a simple bright white spray paint, but they’d also look lovely painted a metallic, like gold, silver or copper. A dark brown-gray is also a stylish option.

And, when Halloween’s over, just turn the jack-o-lantern faces toward the wall and you’ll have simple pumpkin planters on your doorstep ready to greet Thanksgiving guests.

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These plastic pumpkin planters couldn’t be easier to make. If you can wield a can of spray paint, then you can complete this project. Here are the supplies you’ll need.

What you’ll need:
– Plastic pumpkin buckets (I used two)
– Spray paint (I used white)
– Fall mums (I chose a deep burgundy color)
– Potting soil

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Ready to make your plastic pumpkin planters? Here’s how.

Step 1: Spray paint your pumpkins
Give your plastic pumpkins a good even coat of spray paint. You’ll need to do this in steps. Spray as much of the pumpkin as you can with it sitting upright. Let the paint dry. Then, flip it over and finish spraying around the bottom.

You can either choose to remove the wire or leave it on. I left it on because I wanted the planters to still look like pails.

(Tip: Hold your spray can vertically to avoid drips and to get an even coat. Also, be sure to shake the can vigorously before spraying to mix up the paint.)

Step 2: Drill drainage holes
Use a drill to pierce the bottom of your pumpkins with a few holes for water to drain.

Step 3: Fill with soil
Fill your plastic pumpkins with about halfway with soil.

Step 4: Plant your mums
Plant your mums in the plastic pumpkin. You’ll need to fill it in with more soil. Then, give it a good watering.

Step 5: Place on your porch, front steps or balcony
Show off your new planters by placing them on your porch, front steps or balcony. I think they look particularly stunning in a grouping. However many you choose to make, you’ll bewitch the neighborhood with your clever use for plastic pumpkin buckets.

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Even though I filled my planter with fall mums, you could also plant regular green houseplants into the bucket.

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Want another fun DIY project using a plastic pumpkin candy bucket? Make these DIY Concrete Jack-O-Lanterns.

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21 Reasons Fall is the Best Season

21 Reasons Fall is the Best Season | redleafstyle.com

Fall is here! Bring on the fall boots and pumpkin spice lattes. The pumpkins and gourds. The apple cider and cozy scarves.

We have to celebrate this season because it’ll be gone before you know it. Somehow Christmas seems to get closer every year and crowd the fall season out.

You probably don’t need a list of reasons to love fall, but just for fun, here are 21 reasons this time of year is the best.

1. Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins
You can’t have fall without pumpkins. Whether you’re picking one from a pumpkin patch or grabbing them at your local grocery store, they’re the ultimate décor to dress up your house or porch.

2. Unconventional pumpkins
It’s not just about the orange pumpkins anymore. You can easily find green pumpkins, white pumpkins, warty pumpkins and striped pumpkins. (Did I sound like Dr. Seuss there?) Display a variety of pumpkins on your front porch or fireplace mantel for a cornucopia-like spread of gourds.

3. Going apple picking
If you live near an apple orchard, fall is prime time to go apple picking. Wander through the trees filling up your bushel with different apple varieties and finish off your day with a cup of fresh pressed apple cider.

If you’re in the Kansas City area, check out Cider Hill Family Orchard. Not only does this orchard feature U-pick apples, apple cider and a pumpkin patch, but they also serve up the most amazing apple cider doughnuts.

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4. Watching the leaves change color
What is it about those green leaves transforming into golden and red hues that we all love so much? Maybe it’s that they signal the changing of the weather? Or, that now’s the time to start looking forward to cozy nights, comforting food and a new season?

5. Buying a fall mum
These charming flowers will brighten up your front porch or balcony. Fall mums in pops of orange, yellow and burgundy are low-maintenance, cheery and they make a pretty addition to your fall décor. (If you needed a few more reasons, here are 17 reasons to love fall mums.)

6. Wearing a flannel shirt
When the weather turns crisp, don’t you just want to cozy up in a flannel shirt? It’s like wearing a blanket around. But looking stylish at the same time.

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7. Taking brisk walks
There’s no better time to take a walk than when you feel a snap in the air. To me, it feels almost magical. Especially when the sky is crowded with clouds and it’s just breezy enough to send fallen leaves dancing along the street.

8. The sound of fallen leaves
Speaking of fallen leaves, you know the sound they make when they skitter across the ground on a windy day? Anybody else love that sound?

9. The light
Is there something different about the light? It’s all golden-y and soft during this season.

10. Decorating with fall leaves
Fall is the best time to bring nature indoors. The reds, oranges and yellows only come once a year and I like to enjoy them outside—and inside. (Here’s how I decorate with fall leaves.)

11. Eating (or decorating with) candy corn
Even if you can’t stand this super sweet candy, you can’t deny that it’s an iconic part of the fall season. For candy corn lovers and non-lovers alike, I have a couple of DIY projects featuring candy corn. Make these Mini Candy Corn Wreaths or your own Candy Corn Pumpkin Art. These projects are festive—and unexpected—additions to your fall décor.

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12. Wearing scarves!
Scarf season is here! It’s time to wear scarves every day. Extra points if it’s knit or yellow.

13. Drinking pumpkin spice lattes
Chilly days call for pumpkin spice lattes. How can you have fall without the sweet taste of a pumpkin spice latte? It’s warm. It’s pumpkin-y, cinnamon-y and nutmeg-y. It’s a pumpkin pie in a drink.

14. Having a fire
Whether it’s in your fireplace or outside in a fire pit or campfire, fall is the perfect season to make a fire. Curl up in a blanket and let those flames mesmerize you on a chilly evening.

15. Front porch decorating
Show off your pumpkins and fall mums by creating a cute front porch display this fall. It doesn’t take much to transform your front entrance.

16. Pinecone projects
Decorating with pinecones not only adds fall spirit to your home, it’s super budget-friendly. Pick up a bunch of pinecones on a walk (or from your yard) and make this Pinecone Door Hanger. You can also add pinecones to mason jars or vases for a simple fall-themed table centerpiece.

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17. Getting back into reading
If you fell off the reading wagon lately, fall is the perfect time to snuggle up under the covers with a good book.

18. The first sip of coffee on a cold morning
Coffee is delicious all year round. But when the air is crisp and you take that first sip out of a steaming mug, now that is perfection.

19. Crunching leaves
It’s not just the brilliant colors that make fall leaves so perfect. Bring out your inner kid as you crunch those fallen leaves under your boots.

20. Visiting the farmers market
Your local farmers market is showing off the best autumn produce right now. Shop the tables spread with apples, pumpkins and winter squash!

21. Camping
Maybe you love camping, maybe you don’t, but fall is the perfect season to head out into the great outdoors. The weather is cool enough to actually enjoy a campfire, but not so cold that you’re shivering all night. Break out your enamel cookware and vintage camping sets because now’s the time to go.

Enjoy the fall season while it lasts!

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Favorite Kansas City Things: September 2016

Favorite Kansas City Things: September 2016 | redleafstyle.com

If you haven’t noticed, Kansas City is happening.

This month, Vogue called Kansas City one of the ‘flyover cities’ worth “landing and lingering in.”

That’s why I’m doing this blog series; to share the hidden gems, the local favorites and the places you have to check out in Kansas City. (Check out last month’s favorite Kansas City things.)

Here’s what I’ve been exploring this month.

Cider Hill Family Orchard

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Kick off fall by going apple picking at a local orchard. This year, I went apple picking for the first time ever and I can’t believe I haven’t done it before.

Cider Hill Family Orchard in Kansas City, Kan., covers 38 acres and has 1500 apple trees with 18 different kinds of apples. Wander through the groves and fill up a peck, half bushel or bushel full of apples.

If you’re hungry, there’s no shortage of apple cider treats. Grab some apple cider donuts, an apple cider slushie, or go the traditional route and ask for a cup of cold pressed apple cider.

There’s also a hay wagon ride and pumpkin patch for the kiddos.

The U-Pick apples are available as long as there are still apples on the trees. In October, opening hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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City Market Farmers Market

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If you’re looking for warty pumpkins, fairy tale pumpkins or just all-around different pumpkins, City Market is the place to go.

On the weekends, many of the farmers offer a variety of pumpkins in their stalls. Or, stop by the “pumpkin patch” in front of the Steamboat Arabia on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October. Juhl Greenhouse and Truck Farm, a local farm, hosts the pumpkin patch every year.

You’ll be able to find all kinds of pumpkins, gourds and winter squash for decorating, carving or eating.

City Market Coffee Roasters

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While you’re at City Market, stop by my favorite coffee shop in the city, City Market Coffee Roasters.

This local coffee shop roasts its own coffee beans, which are Fair Trade and organic.
And, if you’re craving a fall-themed drink, City Market Coffee Roasters has you covered. Ask for a pumpkin latte or a cinnamon cardamom latte made with homemade cinnamon cardamom syrup.

The coffee shop also just put in a new deck overlooking City Market Park. It’s a relaxing spot to enjoy the crisp fall air.

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