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Painted Halloween Urn

These black urns make the perfect pedestals for your Halloween pumpkins -- indoors or on your front porch.

Black urns with pumpkins for Halloween.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Tape measure
  • Pliers
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors


  • 2 - 19-in black plastic urns, #51040
  • #16 x 15-ft weldless steel chain, #348469
  • #50 x 10-ft nickel weldless chain, #348468
  • Cheesecloth, 2 square yards, #125871
  • Valspar spray paint, Gloss Black and Sumptuous Purple

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Step 1

Experiment by draping both sizes of chain on the outside of an urn. Then separate pieces of chain in the lengths you want.

Good to Know

To separate lengths of chain, use pliers to grip a link along the edge where the ends join and twist the chain to separate the ends. The adjoining links will slip out.

Step 2

Spray-paint the rims of the urns purple, leaving a feathered edge against the black plastic.

Step 3

Lay the pieces of chain on a protective cover for your work surface, and spray them purple and black in a mottled pattern. Let dry, turn the chains over, and spray the other side in a similar pattern.

Step 4

Unwind the cheesecloth, and ball it up loosely on the protected work surface. Spray the exposed areas black and let dry. Then flip the ball of cheesecloth over, and repeat for the other side. The result should be a mottled look with some areas only lightly painted.

Step 5

Measure the rough distance around the inside of the rim of an urn, and cut a strip of painted cheesecloth slightly longer than that. Use hot glue to tack one corner of the cheesecloth to the inside edge of the rim. Drape the cheesecloth over the edge of the rim, and use hot glue to hold it in place as you wrap the rim. The fabric should drape over the edge with the end spilling over the edge and along the side of the urn. Repeat for the other urn.

Step 6

Glue cut lengths of painted chain to the inside of the rim so that they drape over the edge and down the side of the urn. Repeat for the other urn.

Step 7

Fill Halloween urns with stacked pumpkins for a fright-night favorite decoration. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

Place the urns in position and add black artificial roses or stack pumpkins in them as shown.