Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Planter

DIY Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Planters Tutorial

Sometimes it can get a little frustrating being in the Southern Hemisphere. I want pumpkins and falling leaves during Halloween and chilly evenings at Christmas time. Growing up watching American TV and movies and now reading American blogs really gives me a sense of FOMO this time of year. With Halloween nearing I want to decorate my house with pumpkins and burnt oranges, reds and yellows. But alas, it’s spring time here!

This DIY Halloween jack-o-lantern planter includes a little bit of the North (pumpkins) and a bit of the South (flowers). It allows me to indulge my American Halloween fantasy while still being New Zealand springtime appropriate.

Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Planters Supplies


  • Plastic pumpkin
  • Drill
  • Potting mix
  • Potted flowers


Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Planters

1. Drill holes around the base for water to drain.

Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Planters on alovelylook.com

2. Put potting mix into the pumpkin until it’s about half full.

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3. Gently take your potted flower out of its container.

Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Planters A Lovely Look

4. Then place it into the pumpkin and add more potting mix if it’s needed.

And you’re done! If you’re going to keep these inside, you’ll want to store them on a base.

I hope you enjoyed this post! You’ll see a few more of these “spring-themed” Halloween DIYs on the blog this year. There’ll still be more traditional decorations too. Have you started decorating your house for Halloween?

Glamorous Halloween Glitter Nails

Halloween Glitter Nails | alovelylook.com

I don’t think I’ve ever done a Halloween nail post before, which is crazy because I love Halloween and I love nail polish.

For this first one I thought I’d just keep things simple with a few glitter looks. These are perfect if you’re not wanting to look too costumey and would prefer something a little more glamorous.


Halloween Countdown Print

Halloween Countdown (free printable) | alovelylook.com

If you’re a longtime reader of the blog, then you’ll know I am a huge fan of Halloween! It rivals Christmas for my favourite holiday (even though it’s not really a holiday). I have to admit that Christmas slightly beats it for me, but only just. Come 1st December, we’re all about counting down until Christmas. There’s advent calendars galore and the 12 days of Christmas. I decided that Halloween needs this same level of anticipation and excitement so I’ve created this Halloween countdown.


This or That | Matte Nail Polish

Matte Nail Polish | alovelylook.com

For those of you who aren’t familiar with This or Thatit’s a series here on the blog where I compare a couple of similar products.

A couple of months ago I was browsing Farmers and came across the Rimmel Velvet Matte nail polishes. You all know how much I love my Rimmel nail polishes so I picked up a couple to give them a go. Then last week I was in Topshop and saw they had a new matte range so I bought this light blue.

When matte nail polish first came out a few years ago, I thought it looked great and was really keen to try it but I don’t think I ever did. Fortunately for me, it seems matte nail polish has made a comeback. It’s such a chic look and while I’d typically associate it with autumn and winter, if you’ve got the right colour, it can be great in the warmer seasons too.


Makers gona Make Print

Free 'makers gona make' printable | alovelylook.com

Today I’m sharing another print – I hope you love it! This phrase rings very true in my household. As a creative who’s always making something it’s the perfect print. My boyfriend is also a bit of a maker so he loves it too!


How Blogging Led Me to My Dream Job

How blogging led me to my dream job | alovelylook.com

I finished high school almost seven years ago now (how has time gone so fast?!) and I graduated university almost two years ago so I thought it’d be a good time to write about my career this far and how blogging led me to my dream job.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where my journey to my career began – I guess right at the beginning of my life (The Butterfly Effect and all that). For the sake of time and simplicity I’ll just start at the end of high school. My school certainly put a lot of pressure on us to go to university and decide what we wanted to ‘be’ when we grew up. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved my high school and give it so much credit for the woman I have since become but I think our society puts a lot of pressure on kids to plan out their careers without properly showing them every option.


Glitter Ombre for Chipped Nail Polish

Glitter ombre nail polish tutorial | alovelylook.com

I’m back with another nail art video tutorial. This glitter ombre nail tutorial is really simple and it’s perfect for covering chipped nail polish to extend your manicure. All you need is glitter nail polish!

August Beauty

August Beauty Favourites | alovelylook.comAnother month, another beauty favourites. It’s so cliché to say this but I just have to – this month has gone by so quickly! I can’t believe it’s almost September and almost spring!

This month things have felt a little hectic and my morning routine has been a little out of whack so I’ve been going for the same makeup look over and over. My skin has been fairly well-behaved but I have had a few spots show up.


Rimmel Nail Polishes for Winter

Rimmel Winter Nails | alovelylook.com

I planned to do this post a while ago but somehow it never made its way into my schedule and sat in drafts for ages. I thought about scrapping it as we’re nearing the end of winter but I thought it might still be of interest to some of you. Plus readers from the northern hemisphere who are going into Autumn could find it useful.

My love for the Rimmel Salon Pro nail polishes is well-documented as I’ve talked about them many times before. You can read more about the polishes here and here but to quickly recap they’re a bit of a hybrid between base coat, nail colour and top coat and the brush is the perfect width.


Backgrounds for Blog Photography

Tips and tricks for blog photography backgrounds on alovelylook.com

I’ve really been enjoying writing about blogging, in this post I’m sharing my tips and tricks for backgrounds for blog photography. If there are any topics you’d like me to cover then please let me know.

One of the best bits about blogging is the community you get to be a part of. Here in New Zealand we have a really great community – with a few Facebook groups for asking and answering questions and just generally supporting each other.

The other day someone asked a question about backgrounds for photos so I gave them some tips and explained what I use.

For the longest time I was so unhappy with my photos – I still feel like I’ve got a lot of improving to do – but in the last two months or so I feel like I’ve really got my backgrounds sorted.

A few other bloggers also commented on the thread and suggested I do a blog post on the topic so here we are!




White desk as background in blog photography

I just love clean white backgrounds and for a while it was all that I was using. I used to use pieces of paper for this but they’d always get crumpled and ruined and I hated wasting paper just for photos. I also often struggled with getting pieces of paper big enough for some of my photos. I ended up buying a $40 white desk from The Warehouse and using the top of that. It was a flat pack so I just never put it together.


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