Make Fall Porch Planters Using Decorated Obelisks ~ Create outdoor fall planters with black iron obelisks, dollar store plant pots and faux leaf garlands.
Have you ever bought something at a garage sale, rummage sale or the thrift store knowing it was a really good deal but had no idea what you were going to do with it? This is the case with two black iron obelisks that I bought for a couple of dollars each at a charity rummage sale.
They were only about three feet tall but they were in good shape. When I first brought them home I just stuck them in the ground under a tree in a garden bed in the front yard. But they weren’t really noticeable. I kept them there until I had an ‘aha’ moment to move them to the front porch for the fall season and turn them into something more ‘showy’ and decorative.
It is funny how it took me a couple of years to come up with an idea for how to use the obelisks in my outdoor décor. Yet after I bought and gathered the materials they only took about twenty minutes in total to put together. That is my kind of DIY project!
Here is how to…
Make Fall Porch Planters Using Decorated Obelisks
- two black iron obelisks about three feet tall (or something similar)
- two faux wire fall leaf garlands
- two black plastic plant pots
- one large rock
- soil to fill one plant pot
- black mulch to cover the top layer of one plant pot
Wrap the faux wire fall leaf garland around the obelisk both inside and outside the wrought iron starting at the top and working your way down. Secure both ends at the top and the bottom.
Place a rock in one of the black plastic pots and cover with soil to the top. The hidden rock adds more weight and prevents the top plant pot from toppling over.
Insert the decorated obelisk into the soil. Cover the soil with black mulch. This step gives the fall planter a more finished look.
In the location where you plan to display the faux fall planters place the empty plant pot upside down. Set the decorated plant pot on top. This last step makes the planters taller.
I placed them in the corner on both sides of the front door away from the wind and tucked enough away that they will not fall over. Then I placed two burnt orange coloured fall mums in front. I love how you can make faux fall planters using decorated obelisks to add more interest and height to the front porch décor.
Optional Suggestion: I did consider adding a string of battery operated twinkle lights that go on and off on a timer but decided against it for this year. This step would make the planters look really pretty at night too! This year I am using black outdoor lanterns with battery operated candles on a timer that create a pretty light at night time.
Final Comments: Sometimes it is worth it to buy something that is really inexpensive but you know has a lot of potential. This was the case with these black cast iron obelisks. I bought the plant pots and faux leaf garlands at the dollar store and had the soil and black much on hand. I estimate to make fall porch planters using decorated obelisks cost $5.00 each to make. That made for a fun to create and beautiful to display DIY project to add the fall decorated front porch!
I hope this simple idea inspires you to create something similar. If you can’t find black iron obelisks, you might want to decorate black spray painted tomato cages for an inexpensive easy to make idea!
Your Turn: Do you like to shop at garage sales, rummage sales or thrift stores? Have you bought something because it was a good price but had no idea what you were going to do with it? If so, what treasure did you find and what did you do with it?
Other easy inexpensive fall decorating ideas you will want to check out are:
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