Learn how easy it is to put together this beautiful succulent pumpkin with artificial succulents and a neutral white foam pumpkin. It makes a great centerpiece for fall and Thanksgiving and requires no water or light to thrive.
You can make a succulent pumpkin planter with a variety of succulents and real pumpkins. However, this is obviously not very sustainable as succulents need a good light source and the pumpkin will break down over several days.
Still, you could treat the plants like cut flowers or annuals and only expect the arrangement to last a short time. Or, transplant the succulent cuttings into more permanent pots.
Either way, I decided to go the faux or artificial route with a foam pumpkin and succulent plants.
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How to Make A Pumpkin Succulent Arrangement
- Foam pumpkin
- Artificial succulent plants
- Floral Foam
- Serrated Knife
Step 1: Cut the top of the pumpkin with a serrated knife. This old steak knife is one of my best crafting tools.
I chose a round white pumpkin for my arrangement. You could use just about any type of pumpkin in any color you like. However, I think the white allows the colors and textures of the succulents to stand out. I also think Cinderella pumpkins that are wider with a flat top would work well too.
Step 2: Fill the pumpkin with floral foam. You can buy this at the dollar store. I didn't fill the entire pumpkin but you can if you want to.
Also, I set the foam inside but you could also have the foam come out of the pumpkin a little. That way you could stick more plants in on the sides.
Step 3: Start to fill in the middle with some of your larger or taller succulents. Save the long trailing types, such as burros tail or string of pearls, for the sides or edges to trail down the side of the pumpkin.
Step 4: Fill in with more succulents turning the pumpkin around and inspecting it from all sides.
If you want you could add a little moss to fill in any empty areas.
Set your lovely succulent pumpkin on your dining table as a centerpiece or anywhere in your home where you want a little plant beauty.
This pumpkin succulent arrangement will be a great centerpiece for our Thanksgiving table. It's so light and compact making it easy to move when it's time to set the table with the turkey and all the trimmings.
Succulent Pumpkin Centerpiece Tutorial
- 1 Serrated knife
- pair of scissors
- 1 Medium white foam pumpkin
- Floral foam
- Several faux succulents
- Cut the top of the pumpkin with a serrated knife.
- Cut floral foam to fit inside the pumpkin cavity.
- Start in the middle and place larger succulents into the floral foam.
- Then fill in with more succulents and place any trailing plants along the edges.
- Make sure the plants cover the cut edge of the pumpkin.
- Turn the pumpkin around and look at it from all sides to see if you need to adjust any of the plants.