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Tiered Halloween Planter How-To

Tiered Halloween Planter How-To
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Looking for an adorable way to dress up your front porch this season? Look no further than this spookily easy project- paint any colors you like, decorate in some super spunky decals & fill with fun accessories! In this blog we'll walk you through it step-by-step!

Do you have a front porch or step begging for some extra special attention for the upcoming holiday? Boy, do we have a super easy & fun project for you! Follow these easy steps to get the same look, OR customize it to match your decor! When you are done with it tuck it away for next year, or redo it for each season!  




You Will Need: 

  • 3 terracotta pots & saucer (Stack them at the store until you find what you like. I chose the diameters 14.5, 12 and 8.25 for pots and 16.25 saucer)
  • Large Bottle Craft/Acrylic Paint- You could also use spray paint if preffered. (I chose store brand black, green and yellow)
  • Paintbrush (skip if you use spraypaint)
  • Clear spraypaint
  • Fillers (I used one black boa, small pumpkins and a fake pumpkin from a prior project that I also applied decals to)
  • Bricks & a "stuffer" explained below


  • Wipe off the pots & make sure they are free of residue and debris (mine had stickers I had to remove and scrub off)
  • Apply paint to pots. I went inside the pot and painted to the lip as well. For my green pot I couldn't find the right green I wanted so I got both a dark green and a yellow that I mixed and painted. I left the terracotta color on my middle pot for the pumpkin face, I debated painting it orange but am glad I didn't... I like the more natural look. 
  • Allow the paint to dry and then spray all over with clear spraypaint. I am not sure this step is totally necesscary, but I thought it might help seal it against the elements. 
  • Once the spraypaint is dry (mine only took about 10 minutes) apply your decals on the pots- follow the directions that come in the tube... essentially peel the layers apart, stick the decal where you want it to go and remove the tape on top. Check out all of our Halloween Designs HERE- if you find one you like but it isn't the right size definitely contact us and we'll see what we can do to make it right for you. 


  • Stacking the pots was the trickiest part for me- I got some bricks and trial and error stacked them in the pots until I achieved the height I desired. I then stuffed the space around the bricks with some bubble wrap so I didn't have a lot of empty space- you could also use balled up paper, gravel, potting soil (especially if you want to plant flowers which was my first intention), etc. Once you have the stuffers in go ahead and stack your pots. Make sure you do this in the location you want it to be because it will be HEAVY! 
  • Doll up with your fillers- I used a black boa cut up into 3 sections, some little pumpkins and a pretty pumpkin on top... but you can really get creative here! Other ideas are fake flowers (fall- oriented), pinecones, a big jack-o-lantern on top, a candy dish on top, cotton spiderwebs with spiders, etc. Get crafty! 

What do you think? Is this something you would do? Show me yours!! 

I totally plan on re-making this in the spring where I can plant some pretty flowers inside- and I'll blog that one for you, too! 


About the Author

Samantha Vargo

Samantha is a lady of many talents. When not playing with fun fonts and designs at Trading Phrases she enjoys the outdoors immensely- with her husband, their  6 year old daughter, 1 year old son, & 7 year old Siberian Husky go on many adventures hiking, kayaking and exploring what they can in Ohio. She also loves pizza. 

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