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This DIY Pumpkin Succulent planter is adorable and inexpensive to make yourself. Find out how to care for this so your plants will last!
DIY Pumpkin Succulent Planter
I've been just a little (ok, a lot!) obsessed with making these DIY Pumpkin Succulent Planters each fall – they are just absolutely DARLING and so fun to do too.
Pumpkins + Succulents = ❤️ (or Pucculents, ha!)
Seriously what's not to love???
Here's what you'll need to get started:
- Pumpkins (any type will do, but pumpkins that have a flat top seem to work best) – I really like the heirloom or fairytale white pumpkins for this project.
- Spray adhesive and tacky glue
- Moss – I've seen this at the Dollar Tree too
- Hot glue gun
- Variety of succulent plants – these are a GREAT deal 🙂
I started by giving my pumpkins a bleach bath.
You can do this by filling your sink with water and adding a 1/2 cup bleach. Just splash them around so the whole pumpkin is covered with the mixture. This will preserve your pumpkins so they last a bit longer.
You can skip this step, just make sure to clean all the debris off the pumpkin before adding the moss.
How to Make a DIY Pumpkin Succulent Planter
Once you have bleached or cleaned your pumpkins, remove the stem and spray a small amount of the adhesive over the top of the pumpkin, gently adding enough moss to cover the top of the pumpkin. A 1/2″ of moss is perfect! 🙂
You may want to do this outdoors as it's a bit messy.
Next, you actually take the succulent out of its pot and cut off the roots (I promise, it'll be ok!😊) Gently shake off the excess dirt so you have a clean stem to glue onto your pumpkin.
Finally, using tacky glue or hot glue (the succulents don't care) start gluing the succulents onto your pumpkin. I started with the taller ones first a little off center and then came down with the smaller plants to fill in the holes.
I loved the first one so much, I made a few others… 🧡
If you use between 5 or 6 succulents on each pumpkin it will help keep the cost down. My total per pumpkin was around $15.
Our local Kroger had a variety of succulents at decent prices, but buying flower pots with several groupings of succulents was really the best bargain. 🌵
Don't you just LOVE them??
The baby ones cost $3.50 to make and is such a sweet succulent pumpkin centerpiece if you're hosting Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving this year. 🙂
How to Care for Succulents
To care for your pumpkin succulent planter simply spritz the moss and the succulents with water once a week. It also helps to keep you pumpkin in indirect sunlight.
If you want to figure out how to plant succulents, I didn't do that with these pumpkins but you can if you're SUPER adventurous. I think for this the best way to plant would be to carve out the pumpkin, set the succulents in a flower pot with good soil, and then add moss to cover the soil.
If you're wondering how long your succulents will live, with proper care these DIY Pumpkin Succulent Planters will last several weeks!
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