How to Make a Succulent Pumpkin Planter

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!

Fill a faux pumpkin with gorgeous succulents to create a stunning centerpiece. With proper care, succulents can last for weeks or months, giving you a pretty arrangment all season long. Plus, look for wholesale succulent plugs to keep the project on-budget!

Get more ideas for gorgeous fall centerpieces. 

white pumpkin filled with succulent plants

Display your finished succulent centerpiece on it's own for a striking centerpiece or add accents. Keep them neutral like small tea candles and a plain runner so the succulent arrangement pops.

What You'll Need

white pumpkin, succulents and moss
  • Faux pumpkin 
  • Knife 
  • Sphagnum moss 
  • Floral foam
  • Real succulents 
  • Mister or spray bottle

Step 1: Cut Pumpkin

cutting open white pumpkin

Use a serated 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. 

Learn more about succulents and their care. 

Step 2: Fill pumpkin

placing moss inside 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

placing succulents in pumpkin

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. 

Get ideas for more fun succulent projects. 

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