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It may sound fancy, but any DIY beginner can create this beautiful fresh pumpkin decor! Try your hand with this simple project and enjoy the fall vibes.

Succulent pumpkin decor
Succulent pumpkin decor

At a school fundraiser last year, a mom taught some of us how to create these beautiful succulent pumpkins.

We each made a couple and used them as centerpieces at a fundraising dinner, and at the end of the night they were auctioned off. It was a huge hit!

As a DIY lover, I was so excited to see how easy it was to make.

So whether you’re making them for a fundraiser, a Thanksgiving centerpiece, or just for some pretty fall decor, you’ve come to the right place!

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Succulent pumpkin decor

Fall decor for display

While these succulent pumpkins will look great on your front porch or as a centerpiece, we also have a few tricks for decorating the rest of your home this fall!

Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Halloween, or just the fall months, I think you might like these ideas:

I love this decorative wreath – it looks so elegant but is so easy to make and affordable.

Here’s a free fall printable and lots of home decor ideas for the fall months!

And I love black and white in fall, don’t you?

Succulent pumpkin decor

Prepare the juice for the pumpkin

One of the things I love about this project is that it can be very low cost!

If you have succulents around your garden, you’re halfway there. If you don’t, you can check with friends to see if anyone would like to share some snippets with you.

It doesn’t take much to create a gorgeous, lush succulent pumpkin.

Simply use sharp, clean pruning shears or scissors to snip off some succulent cuttings.

This project looks great with a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Just keep in mind that you probably don’t want any scraps that are too large or they will take up too much space on your pumpkin.

It’s also a good idea to cut your cuttings so they have a bit of a stem. This makes it easy to attach to the pumpkin.

Once you’ve cut your scraps, let them dry for a day or two before diving into the project.

Succulent pumpkin decor

Supplies you’ll need

Succulent cuttings. See above for lots of details on how to cut your own succulents!

Pumpkin. Pumpkins with a nice flat or concave surface work well for this project. The flat area gives the juicer a nice base.

Dried moss. I love this moss bag because it has a few options for texture and color.

Spray glue. The spray glue will adhere the moss to the top of the pumpkin and create a little bed where you can place your succulents.

Glue gun. If you’re trying this project with kids, consider using a low-temp glue gun to avoid burns to little fingers.

My choice: False tautology. I’m not a huge fan of artificial flowers but sometimes for this project, they add a little sturdiness and structure to your creation! Use your best judgment here.

Succulent pumpkin decor

How to make fresh pumpkin decor

  1. Start by wiping down the pumpkin to rid it of any dirt or debris. You want to try to choose a pumpkin without any holes or dents so it stays fresh as long as possible.
  2. Spray a thin layer of spray glue over the top of your pumpkin, in the area where you want to apply the succulent decorations.
  3. Cover the spray glue with a thin layer of moss. Stretch the moss slightly so it spreads evenly and forms a bed for your succulents.
  4. One by one, select a succulent cutting and use hot glue to adhere the cutting to the pumpkin. I like to start with a larger snippet as a sort of anchor, and then move on to smaller pieces.
  5. If necessary, add some touches of artificial flower filler.
Succulent pumpkin decor
Succulent pumpkin decor

Caring for your succulent pumpkin

One of the coolest things about this succulent pumpkin patch? It’s living decor!

These will stay fresh for weeks if you mist your succulents every few days with a few spritzes of water.

If you are displaying your pumpkin outside on the porch, I recommend placing it on a small piece of cardboard to preserve the bottom of the pumpkin and prevent it from absorbing moisture. This can lead to premature rot.

If you are displaying indoors, try to find a spot with some indirect sunlight to give your succulents a chance to send up new shoots and grow!

Succulent pumpkin decor

How to plant

Once the centerpiece is finished, you can plant your succulents to give them a longer life!

If possible, simply pull the moss from the pumpkin in one large leaf, bringing the juice with it.

You can then place the entire arrangement in a pot with some soil and treat it as you would a succulent plant. (Remove any bogus padding you included if you like.)

If the moss does not pull away, gently cut off the top of the pumpkin with a sharp knife, bringing the moss and juice with it. Place in a pot on some soil.

Eventually, the pumpkin will decompose (making great compost!) and you’ll be left with a potted succulent arrangement.

Enjoy! xoxo

Succulent pumpkin decor

Material

  • Succulent cuttings

  • Dried moss

  • Pumpkin

  • Spray glue

  • Optional: artificial flower filler

tools

  • Scissors or pruning shears

  • Glue gun

directions

  1. Start by wiping down the pumpkin to rid it of any dirt or debris. You want to try to choose a pumpkin without any holes or dents so it stays fresh as long as possible.
  2. Spray a thin layer of spray glue over the top of your pumpkin, in the area where you want to apply the succulent decorations.
  3. Cover the spray glue with a thin layer of moss. Stretch the moss slightly so it spreads evenly and forms a bed for your succulents.
  4. One by one, select a succulent cutting and use hot glue to adhere the cutting to the pumpkin. I like to start with a larger snippet as a sort of anchor, and then move on to smaller pieces.
  5. If necessary, add some touches of artificial flower filler.

Notes

Once the centerpiece is finished, you can plant your succulents to give them a longer life!

If possible, simply pull the moss from the pumpkin in one large leaf, bringing the juice with it.

You can then place the entire arrangement in a pot with some soil and treat it as you would a succulent plant. (Remove any bogus padding you included if you like.)

If the moss does not pull away, gently cut off the top of the pumpkin with a sharp knife, bringing the moss and juice with it. Place in a pot on some soil.

Eventually, the pumpkin will decompose (making great compost!) and you’ll be left with a potted succulent arrangement.

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