Make an adorable garden of little monsters with this easy no-carve pumpkin project. See how we attached succulents to the tops of faux pumpkins, and get more of our favorite no-carve pumpkin ideas.
A grouping of succulents makes an adorable topper for monster-theme pumpkins. Paint faux pumpkins and give them an assortment of creative eyes; to make this a kid-friendly project, paint the eye shapes and let the little ones draw in the spookiest monster eyes they can think of. Top with succulents and a few dots of glue!
Use craft paint to coat the faux pumpkins with a solid shade (faux pumpkins can sometimes have a glossy outer finish that may require several coats of paint to cover up). When adding multiple coats of paint, let each coat dry thoroughly between layers. When the pumpkin is painted and dry, use a small brush to paint eye shapes on the pumpkins. Mix it up by painting different numbers of eye shapes on each pumpkin; when the painted eyes are dry, use a permanent marker or paint pen to fill in eye details like pupils and eyelashes. When each pumpkin is finished and dry, use a spray sealant to waterproof the painted pumpkin.
Our favorite part of this no-carve project is that you don't need to carve out a place to add dirt. Start with fresh, live succulents and cut them at the base of the leaves; clean off any excess dirt or roots with a damp paper towel. Add a dot of hot glue to the side of the succulent's stem (don't put glue directly on the cut end) and attach to the top of the pumpkin. Repeat until your pumpkin monster has the desired amount of succulent hair.
Caring for your mini monsters is easy! Once the painted pumpkins have been coated in a craft sealant, they'll be water resistant, meaning you can give the succulents a light mist without ruining any of the paint. One of the reasons we like using succulents for this project is that with a little sunlight and a few mists, the cut succulents can actually last longer than a real mini pumpkin! When the succulents do start to wilt (or when you want to take down the Halloween decor) carefully remove the plants from the pumpkins, which can be reused with fresh succulents next year.