Add a modern twist to a pumpkin centerpiece for a gorgeous fall display. Learn how to display succulents in a pumpkin, and get our best succulent care tips!

By BH&G Crafts Editors
Updated November 04, 2019

Fill a faux pumpkin with gorgeous succulents to create a stunning fall centerpiece. With proper care, succulents can last for weeks or months, giving you a pretty arrangement all season long. Plus, look for wholesale succulent plugs to keep the project on-budget! Display your finished pumpkin planter on its own for a striking centerpiece or add accents like small candles and a table runner.

How to Make a Succulent Pumpkin Planter

Supplies Needed

  • Faux pumpkin
  • Knife
  • Floral foam
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Mister or spray bottle
  • Real succulents
  • Hot glue
  • Green moss

Step-by-Step Directions

With a few supplies and these how-to instructions, you can create your own pumpkin decoration. Fill your finished centerpiece with a variety of fresh succulents.

Step 1: Cut Pumpkin

Use a serrated knife to cut a large circle around the top of the pumpkin; keep in mind that the larger you cut the circle, the more succulents you will need. A faux pumpkin works best for this project because when well cared for, succulents can outlast a pumpkin that has been cut. Using a faux pumpkin allows you to keep the centerpiece longer. If you'd like to switch the succulents out, try planing them in a pot and inserting it into the carved pumpkin shell.

Step 2: Fill the Pumpkin

Fill the bottom half of the pumpkin with floral foam. Use a mister or a spray bottle of water to dampen sphagnum moss, and add the moss on top of the foam blocks. The moss is what holds in moisture for the succulents; add the moss all the way to the top of the pumpkin to give the succulents something to rest on without falling down into the pumpkin.

Step 3: Add Succulents

Fill the pumpkin planter with succulents, adding the largest first and filling in gaps with smaller succulents. Use various sizes of succulent plugs for the best results, and always use succulents with similar care requirements when planting multiple varieties together. Use hot-glue to add small bunches of green moss to the outside ring of the pumpkin (be careful not to let the glue touch the succulents) for a bright pop of color. Once the succulents are planted, lightly mist once a day to keep the plants fresh.

Comments (1)

September 19, 2018
Love this! Light bulb lit!! Can I seal pumpkin with something so it will last longer? I would love to take each of my neighbors a mini along with the pumpkin muffins they look forward to each year. Thank You in advance!raf