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!

Add a modern twist to a pumpkin centerpiece for a fall display that wows.

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. 

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

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

Step 1: Cut 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

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. 

Get ideas for more fun succulent projects. 

1 Comment

  1. 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

    1. I would try to plant them in a pot that fits inside, cover with the moss so it doesn't show.

    2. How about a large thick plastic bag to line it, like the kind you get at a good produce store. A small plastic tray/takeout container that fits inside would catch the water too. This is such a cute idea!

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