3 Thrifty Fall Planter Cover Ideas



You better get a big ole warm pumpkin spiced latte because it’s time for the Thrifty Style Team again, and I have over 14 ideas that will help you decorate for fall without spending a ton of cash 😉.  The first 3 ideas come from our front porch here in Michigan, where the temperature is still fairly warm during the day.  I scored big time at the thrift store just 2 days ago, and I am so excited to show you what I did.  Welcome to my first autumn post of the year… “3 Thrifty Fall Planter Cover Ideas”.

3 Thrifty Fall Planter Cover Ideas


My husband and I are fresh empty nesters 😢, and he is working from home, so after work a couple days ago, we ventured out for fun to find the cheapest fresh potted mums we could find.  He could really care less about decorating the front porch, but he loves to tag along with me while I find the bargains (he’s a pretty good “finder”, and he’s cute).  Well, I kind of went overboard and loaded up on not only mums, but ornamental cabbage 😲.  I’ll be sharing the entire “BEAUTIFUL DRAMATIC CASCADING FALL PORCH” next week (sign up here).

After we found our potted plants, I noticed that the “pots” were just flat out ugly and mismatched.  I’m not one to need everything to match normally, but one of them looked more like an Easter pot with a bright purple shiny plastic planter.  Ugh…it was not what I envisioned at all, so here’s how I made them look more cohesive. 

Thrift Store Basket Fall Planter Cover


3 Thrifty Fall Planter Cover Ideas

My husband and I grabbed our hand sanitizer, and put on our masks 😷 and bee-lined over to the basket section at the thrift store.  Most of the plastic mum/cabbage planters I needed to fix were 9 inches in width, so I knew roughly what size baskets, or even bowls/pots would work.  We were pleasantly surprised with an assortment of baskets that were extremely low priced 😲.  

The woven rusty colored basket above was the first treasure I grabbed and it was only $1.99.  All I had to do was stick the planter in it.  In fact, I didn’t even remove the price tag that is still located inside.  This baby is gorgeous. 

I scored several more baskets that day, and I used them all for our big fall porch reveal coming up next week (click here to get our newsletter.)

Homemade Burlap Fall Planter Cover

3 Thrifty Fall Planter Cover Ideas

Before we get to more thrift store scores, I want to share this effortless burlap wrap idea above just incase you aren’t much of a thrift store person, or maybe you want to use what you have on hand to help the pot for in better.  

If you don’t have baskets (don’t forget old Easter baskets) to use, how about fabric to wrap around the plastic thingy?  Hey-maybe an old sweater or flannel 😲!?  Burlap is great, but any fabric will due if you have the right color on hand.  Fabric is not only an easy fix, but it can withstand the outdoor elements pretty well.  The secret to ensuring it will last, is securing it very tightly with a strong stretchy twine, or suede lace like I used above (check out my “DIY Sexy Suede Lace Bracelet” here).  

Here’s a picture below that might help, and I invite you to stop over next week to see more of my burlap planter covers cascading down our front porch…

3 Thrifty Fall Planter Cover Ideas


Picnic Basket Fall Planter Cover

3 Thrifty Fall Planter Cover Ideas

Okay, back to thrifty style stores 😊.  Can you believe I had this picnic basket I found at a thrift store many years ago on top of a shelf in my garage?  I use to store the kid’s video games in it.  All I did was smoosh a mum in there.  Boom.  

Honestly, the best advice I can give for covering the ugly, mis-matched, plastic planter covers they put fall flowers in these days is to look around your home.  I bet you will find something that you’re not using, and the best part is that it is FREE.  Even a rusty old pot will due.

I hope you enjoy sifting through all 14 Frugal Fall Thrifty Style Team projects below~

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3 Thrifty Fall Planter Cover Ideas


Our Crafty Mom – Dollar Store Pumpkin Makeover With Velvet

DIY Beautify – Easy Crochet Chain Sweater Pumpkins

2 Bees In A Pod – Fall Living Room with Thrifted Decor

The How To Home – Vintage Bean Pot Vase filled with a Sunflower Bouquet

Vinyet Etc. – Fall Cloche with Thrifted Finds

Sweet Pea – Dollar Tree Tumbling Tower Block Pumpkins

What Meegan Makes – How To Make a Faux Pumpkin Centerpiece

Postcards From The Ridge – Decorating Ideas That Will Make Your Wallet Happy

Lora B. Create & Ponder – DIY Plaid Flannel Coasters

The Tattered Pew – How To Quickly Get The Look of Aged Copper

I Should Be Mopping The Floor –White and Blue Fall Decor in the Kitchen

Chas’ Crazy Creations – Fall Nature Decorating An Easy How To Guide

Cottage On Bunker Hill – Dried Wheat Centerpiece


 Fall Master Bedroom Makeover

Cottage & Bungalow’s Fall Home Tour




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  3. Vicki & Jenn says:

    These are all great ideas! Especially loving the plants in the basket. Too cute!

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  8. These ideas are great for hiding those not so pretty nursery pots. Looking forward to seeing more of your porch.

  9. Love all of your tips Julie, I adore the fact they are thrifty, my favourite is the picnic basket, I gotta steal that idea! 😉

  10. I love baskets and mums in baskets I love even more! I can’t wait to see your entire porch because these peeks are gorgeous! My favorite is the picnic basket! So excited for Fall!

  11. Julie I love baskets and seeing you use them on your porch with mums gets me so inspired to bring them outdoors! Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks and I can’t wait to see more of your Fall porch.

  12. Ooooh, the picnic basket is so charming!!! Great ideas, as always!!

  13. Cindy says:

    Luv all your ideas Julie! I have wrapped burlap around so many ugly plastic pots in the past, it’s a great disguise! I especially like the charm of the picnic basket filled with mums!

  14. Meegan says:

    I always love your outdoor ideas. Your yard and porch are inviting for all friends, family and neighbors. Thanks for inspiring me, Julie!

  15. I really like the picnic basket idea. Glad I got it before I sent my old picnic baskets to the thrift store! Good timing! Happy empty nesting!

  16. laura says:

    I love the picnic basket idea! laura in Colorado

  17. Loving ALL of these sweet ideas, but that picnic basket has me swooning! Have a fabulous fall, Julie! xoxo

  18. Bette says:

    HI Julie:
    This is Bette and I haven’t been around for sometime, My hubby Joe has been very ill and my computer was the last place I wanted to go to. He is on the mend now, but still has a long way to go.
    I missed not seeing all your fun ideas. I will definitely wrap my Mums in burlap. We like the same colour mauve or pink.
    Hope your family are all well and enjoying the cooler weather.

    Cheers, Bette

  19. Angie says:

    Love all of your fall plants and your creative covers for the planters!

  20. So many great ideas to use what you have at home!

  21. […] If you are a subscriber you may recall that last week I shared how to help make the planters look more cohesive without paying a ton of money on matching pots. I used baskets from the local thrift store (I was shocked how many there were!) and I also wrapped a few of the planters in burlap I happen to have on hand. If you want to learn more about covering those ugly plastic things, here’s my quick & easy tutorial: Wrap Mum Planter 3 Different Ways. […]

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