With simple glue, you can create a gorgeous, modern fall centerpiece or porch decor that comes together in minutes. Follow these surprisingly easy instructions for a centerpiece that's as fresh as it is unique.

Updated: February 17, 2017

Simple moss and glue come together to make a long-lasting autumn display. When planting a succulent pumpkin, aim for an abundant look with a pleasing blend of colors and textures.

What You Need

  • Pumpkin (a pumpkin that's flatter on top works best)
  • Spray adhesive
  • Moss
  • Clear gel crafts glue
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Variety of succulents

Step 1

To make the sphagnum moss adhere, coat the top of the pumpkin with spray adhesive.

Step 2

Before the spray adhesive dries (you want it tacky), press dry moss onto the top of the pumpkin, creating a layer ½–1 inch thick.

Step 3

Grab your succulents. Group the three tallest items slightly to one side of center. Use a clear crafts gel to glue cuttings and seedpods to the moss. Work from the center outward, packing items tightly.

Step 4

Using a hot-glue gun is a quick and easy way to attach items to the moss. The succulents won't mind!

Step 5

Aim for a mounded arrangement, with initial elements perpendicular to the top of the pumpkin, and shorter, smaller items angled outward.

Succulent Pumpkin Care

Protect a succulent-topped pumpkin from harsh sun, excessive heat, freezing temperatures, and rain. Good air circulation is essential. Placing any pumpkin -- including a carved jack-o'-lantern -- atop a ¼-inch-thick piece of cardboard will keep moisture from collecting underneath, preventing the pumpkin from rotting prematurely. 

Spritz the plants once a week to moisten the moss and hydrate any new little roots that might have formed. Avoid letting water pool around the pumpkin's stem.

Treat the composition as you would treat a houseplant. Give it bright, indirect light by setting it near a window indoors or on a sheltered deck or balcony. Keep it away from heaters.

To transition the succulents to a more permanent home, slice the top off the pumpkin and nestle the arrangement atop good soil in a flowerpot or a frost-free garden bed. 

Create a grouping that offers variety and beautifully complements your decor by topping several winter squash with succulents. In addition to orange, consider dark green, gray-green, white, striped, and mottled. 



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