Looking for unique ways to spruce up your fall décor? Perfect for September, October, and November are succulent pumpkins, and they will last the whole time. Whether you want one to display around your house, give as a gift, or use on the Thanksgiving table, these succulent pumpkins are the perfect craft!
For this project, you will be adding moss on top of the pumpkin, opposed to cutting open the pumpkin. If you cut the pumpkin open, it will rot and only last a week or so. Since these are not being cut into, you will get a couple of months use of them.
First, spray the top of the pumpkin with the spray glue.
Quickly add the moss on top of the pumpkin where the glue was applied. This is where the rubber gloves come in handy, as you will need to press the moss on top of the pumpkin. This can turn into a gluey mess. Repeat adding spray glue and moss until you have reached your desired amount of moss and the moss is attached to the pumpkin securely.
As shared on the Succulent Heart Wreath DIY post, this how your hands will look if you do not use gloves with spray glue.
After the moss is attached to the pumpkin, you can start arranging the succulent cuttings on top of the moss. I like to arrange before gluing down, because a lot of switching of the succulents will happen.
In typical arranging fashion, it is best to stick with the bigger of the cuttings in the center and work out from there.
To ‘plant’ the succulents, apply either hot or tacky glue to the bottom of the succulent cutting and cover in moss. It is crucial the succulent’s shaft is submerged in the moss in order for them to grow.
Craft Tip: use a pen, pencil, stick, or chopstick to press down on the succulents into the moss. This will help ensure they are buried. (shown above) Ensure all cuttings are secure before finishing your craft.
Large succulent pumpkins look great as the centerpiece on the Thanksgiving table, as the mini pumpkins are adorable on each person’s place setting.
To care for your succulent pumpkin, spray with a small water bottle every couple of days, spraying the moss.
Once the season is over, or you are done with your pumpkin, you can slice the top of the pumpkin off and plant it in a pot or the ground and the succulents will continue to grow. You can also cut the moss and succulents off the top of the pumpkins and plant them in the ground. I still have mine growing in a pot from last year’s project (2015).
If you any local San Diegans would like to order a custom living succulent pumpkin arrangement, please fill out a contact form. I also teach private succulent classes! Happy Crafting!