Hooty the Owl Pumpkin
This owl pumpkin is an easy way to add a unique spin to your Halloween or fall decor. This year I was playing a bit more with different designs for Jack-o-Planterns and I’m happy with how this one turned out. The white pumpkin seemed to beg to become something elegant; an owl no less!
The white owl pumpkin planter was inspired by my favorite visitors, snowy owls. I went to visit them a while back (you can see my photos here) and I now go each year hoping to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures. They are simply stunning, with large, graceful wingspans and downy, white feathers. Of course, snowy owls don’t have tufts of feathers like great horned owls do (which are not horns or ears, just feathers), but the pumpkin needed a little more detail to read “owl”. It may not be a correct representation of any one species of owl, but it’s a cute way to decorate my porch for the fall. I’m sure the real owls will forgive me!
- White pumpkin with beak-like stem
- Sharp knife
- Potting soil
- Two large Sempervivum rosettes
- Evergreen cuttings
If you can find one, choose a white pumpkin with a stem that points to one side, and a flat side to lay it down on. You will be displaying the pumpkin by setting it on the flat side, so bonus points if you can find one where the stem points downward. The best I could do had the stem off to the side, which I still think gives a beak-ish appearance.
Cut out a round circle in the top of the pumpkin (remember the top is now the side opposite the flat side).
Clean out the pumpkin (and roast the seeds using this highly addictive pumpkin seeds recipe) and fill with soil.
Cut two small openings in the front of the pumpkin for the “eyes”. Remove the Sempervivum rosettes from their soil, leaving a small root ball intact and plant into the openings.
Create “horns” by cutting two horn-shaped pieces from the sides of the pumpkin lid. Replace the lid back on the pumpkin and set the horns into the holes. Use evergreen clippings to add a feathery look to the horns.
Display in a covered, cool location, away from direct sunlight, snow or rain. More information on How to Make Pumpkin Planters Last can be found in this post: