DIY succulent pumpkins to spice up your Thanksgiving decor.
Stylish succulent pumpkins are the perfect way to add a festive twist to your fall décor. They are surprisingly easy to create and they are a great way to add a touch of modern flair to your home. With the right materials at hand, you can quickly transform ordinary pumpkins into stunning succulent displays.
In this article, learn how to create your own succulent pumpkin centerpiece for the pumpkin season. We'll discuss the necessary materials needed and tips for getting the perfect look to achieving a great centerpiece. With the help of this guide, you'll be able to make a succulent pumpkin display that will wow your guests at your Thanksgiving table.
How to Make DIY Succulent Pumpkins
- Faux smaller succulents
- Faux larger succulents
- Faux pumpkin - either hollow or styrofoam filled pumpkins. I found mine at Joann's, but you can find craft pumpkins at most craft stores and sometimes Target and Walmart.
- Foam blocks - if your pumpkins are hollow
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks, optional
- Craft glue, optional
Video Tutorial for Succulent Pumpkin Centerpieces
Enjoy this video tutorial for step-by-step instruction on creating this succulent pumpkin arrangement. Written instructions are included below!
Remove the Top of the Pumpkin
Once you've gathered all of the materials, your first step is to remove the top of your pumpkin. Whether your pumpkin is made of styrofoam or is another material, you will need to use a knife to create a large, circular opening. The opening is where you will add in all of your faux stems and succulent pieces.
This pumpkin is made of styrofoam. You can stick your succulent stems directly into the styrofoam or use hot glue to get everything to stick.
This pumpkin is hollow. If you have a hollow pumpkin, you will need to purchase a foam block to put inside of the pumpkin. This will help hold in your succulent arrangement.
To add in a block of foam, begin by cutting down your foam to what you need for your pumpkin size. When your foam is cut you can place it directly inside the pumpkin. Make sure it is tightly wedged inside so that there is very limited movement. This will prevent your succulent pieces from moving around.
Add in Succulents
Next, add in your succulents. I prefer to use faux succulents because they are longer lasting and more cost effective. But you can also use fresh succulents if that is your preference.
Begin by placing your largest succulent inside the foam. Make sure you are pushing the succulent roots down hard enough into the center of the pumpkin so they will stay put. If you're worried about them falling out or not getting the stems deep enough, hot glue is a good option for securing your pieces. Craft glue is another good option if you prefer not to use a glue gun.
Continue adding beautiful succulents all the way around the opening. Place larger succulents first and then add a variety of succulent plants that are smaller to fill in the empty spaces and around the edges. Add in succulents that are different colors and textures for more dimension.
Another great option is to include succulents that are longer and can drape over the side of the pumpkin. This is an especially beautiful color combination with a white pumpkin, but orange pumpkins will also work. If you don't love the color of your pumpkin, feel free to paint it before you begin adding faux plants.
Use Moss as a Filler
Once you get your succulent-topped pumpkin just right, it's time to add moss as a filler for in between your individual plants. Moss is a great choice for hiding extra styrofoam and exposed root stems of your plants. The added texture is stunning and only requires hot glue or craft glue to secure the moss in place.
Line the pumpkin edge with a layer of hot glue. You can do this in small segments so it doesn't dry before you are done. Then, lightly press pieces of the moss into the glue before it completely cools and hardens. Be careful not to press too hard and squish all of the moss.
And there you have some easy and gorgeous white pumpkins with a variety of succulents for your table display.
Alternative Pumpkin Decor Options
Looking for some other fun varieties? Instead of using succulent cuttings, I also opted to create a floral pumpkin. You can use the same method as the succulent pumpkin but instead of succulents, you will use artificial plants and stems.
When you are done, assemble your pumpkins on an adorable tray, charcuterie board or table runner and place on the middle of the table. It's the perfect beautiful pumpkin centerpiece for your table display.
And if you want a few more ideas for adding floral, try combining fresh mums and pumpkins for your front porch display this year. This is a great way to bring in added texture and an assortment of colors.
View some of my favorite stems for all seasons below.
Need another fun pumpkin idea? These Sharpie black and white designs with faux pumpkins are an awesome choice for the Halloween season. And how about turning a toilet paper roll into a pumpkin? View the tutorial here.
Try out these awesome DIY terra cotta pumpkins that are Pottery Barn knock offs. Store them inside or outside for an awesome porch display.
DIY Succulent Pumpkins
DIY succulent pumpkins offer a great way to bring a unique and organic touch to your autumnal decor. With just a few simple and inexpensive supplies, you can create a festive centerpiece that is sure to wow your family and friends. Don’t be afraid to get creative and craft an autumnal masterpiece of your own. Take a stab at your own succulent pumpkin design to display with your home decor this season.
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