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Turn Your Dead Summer Planters Into {Temporary} DIY Snowman Holiday & Winter Lawn Decor!

This summer planter makeover, easily turns your tired dead summer planters into {super cute!} DIY snowman winter lawn / porch decor. My favorite part? We transformed 8 summer planters, into adorable multi-sized snowmen, for just $3! This is such an adorable {frugal} way to upcycle you're existing summer planters for the winter / holiday season. When winter is over, simply pull the snowman decor off (the plastic is simply gathered / tied at the top with string / ribbon) and they're ready to use again for planting, during the summer season. My planters were looking pretty gross after the first few weeks of cold weather here, friends! This was such an easy and fun way to jazz them up a bit for the upcoming holiday / winter season. Our younger kids absolutely LOVE them! If you're looking for a simple, frugal, fairly mess-free DIY holiday decor craft idea for your lawn/porch, this is it!

Read on for the simple supply list, and my easy tutorial on how you can transform your dead summer planters into super cute snowman winter lawn decor, too!

How To Turn Your Dead Summer Planters Into {Temporary} Snowman DIY Holiday & Winter Lawn Decor! 

What you'll need: 
  • Scissors
  • White yarn / rope
  • A hot glue gun + hot glue sticks (I used Gorilla Glue hot glue sticks to affix the eyes, nose, cheeks and mouth to the outside of the plastic table cover- it's a super strong hot glue that's also weather resistant - you can find them at most craft stores)
  • White rectangular plastic table covers ( I found the pictured plastic table covers at Dollar Tree for $1 each - we used 2 to cover all 8 of our planters. Note: it will depend on how many planters / the size of planters that you're covering as to how many you will need)
  • Pink felt, black felt, and orange felt (for the snowman's eyes, nose, cheeks, and mouth)
  • Ribbon / burlap ribbon (I found the red burlap ribbon pictured at Dollar Tree in 9 yard rolls for $1 each)

How to:
  1. Start by pulling any of the remaining dead plants from the potting soil in each of your planters. Then, wipe the outside of the planters down. Leave the potting soil inside the pot, for weight.
  2. Unwrap your white plastic table covers, and open them completely. Cut to size for each of your planters (leaving enough excess that you can wrap/gather them at the top.
  3. Lay the pre-cut pieces of white plastic table cloth out on a flat surface / the lawn. Set your planter in the center of the plastic table cloth. 
  4. Wrap the plastic tablecloth around the sides of the planter and  gather the excess at the top. Tie off with white string tightly at the top. 
  5. Now wrap your burlap ribbon ./ ribbon around the top of the tied off / gatherd tablecloth (refer to images above and below). Repeat steps 3-5 until all of your planters are covered.
  6. Using your colored felt and scissors, cut two round pink cheeks, one orange triangle nose, two black eyes, and 6-8 small black circles for your snowman's mouth. 
  7. Using a hot glue gun, and strong hot glue ( again, I highly recommend Gorilla Glue hot glue sticks), affix all of the cut felt pieces to create your snowman's face, on the front of each of your wrapped planters.
  8. Display your completed snowman planters on your porch / in your yard throughout the holiday / winter season.  To use your planters again for planting during the summer months, simply cut the string / ribbon at the top of each of your gathered white plastic tablecloths, and discard. 
(Pictured above: The BEFORE #Yuck )

One of my favorite parts about this frugal craft, is that you aren't actually gluing anything to the pots themselves (just to the disposable plastic tablecloths.) It's all temporary decor and fully removable! This is such a great way to get use out of your outdoor planters / pots, year-round.

Happy Crafting & Happy Holidays, friends!