Create a stunning succulent arrangement in a craft pumpkin. It’ll last longer than a real pumpkin so you can have a beautiful fall centerpiece for months!
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I’ve been admiring all the beautiful succulent topped pumpkins I’ve seen lately on various social media platforms. I’ve made them in the past (including one for the Idiot’s Guides: Succulents) but was disappointed with how quickly the pumpkin rotted, despite the fact I did not cut or puncture it in any way.
So, I decided to try something a little different. I planted succulents in a fake pumpkin!
If you’re planning on some pumpkin and succulent decor this year, I highly recommend using a fake pumpkin!
I was surprised at how easy it was to create and it will last much longer than a living pumpkin will. Plus, you’ll have a fully rooted succulent arrangement when you are finished with the pumpkin.
My sister-in-law made an excellent suggestion – you can plant the succulents in a normal pot and set it inside your fake (or real pumpkin) and then you don’t have to worry about re-potting down the road!
I didn’t have a pot that was a great fit for my pumpkin, so I decided to just plant directly in it. In order to create your own succulent pumpkin centerpiece here’s what you’ll need:
- Carvable craft pumpkin
- Cutting tool (I used a jigsaw and it worked great!)
- Succulent soil
To start, you’ll want to cut an opening in the top of the pumpkin. I didn’t try to make mine perfectly round, but let it kind of follow the shape of the pumpkin, although fake pumpkins are pretty perfect.
You can discard the top or find another use for it. You’ll also want to drill a bunch of holes in the bottom for drainage. This will be crucial in keeping the succulents healthy.
After your holes are ready, you can fill up the pumpkin with soil! Even though I was using rooted succulents I found I needed the soil to nearly reach the top in order for the succulents to stay above the edge of the pumpkin.
Start by placing your largest succulent first. For me this was the Crassula ovata gollum.
After your largest succulent is set, start filling in with the rest! I didn’t get pictures of the pumpkin as I was filling it (my hands were a little dirty…), but here is the final result!
It’ll be so nice to have a seasonal succulent centerpiece that will last through Thanksgiving. All that hard work will last for at least a couple months. And, when the holidays are over I can re-purpose the succulents for some other fun project!